Jim Ehlert
6/1/2015
Once the Cedar Shakes are removed from the roof, can a metal roof be installed on the 1" x 4" wood strips or would I have to lay down plywood. I'm trying to find a more cost effective solution to replace my cedar shakes than a composition roof.
Dick Bus
6/1/2015
Yes, that can be/is done using a vertical oriented panel. However make sure you install a good quality vapor barrier; provide a balanced ventilation at the soffit and ridge to prevent condensation. If you are in a snow area I would also recommend a high temperature peel and stick along the eave, up to four feet above the exterior wall. I hope this makes sense if not, let us know if we can help further. Thanks for selecting a metal roof and for the best quality product use a manufacturing member of the Metal Roofing Alliance.
Jim Ehlert
6/3/2015
Thanks!! This makes sense. In Portland, OR we only get snow occasionally so I don't think I need to worry about the high temperature peel. Are there any places in Portland, OR to look at this product? Please advise,
Eric Novotny
An informed customer is the Best Customer!
6/4/2015
Jim, You don't want to short on materials and certainly something as cheap as ice/water when you are talking about a permanent substrate like a metal roof. What is the ventilation situation like right now? You need to get this right or you will be stuck with costly repairs/retrofits.
Guest User
6/4/2015
I would need to add vents. Since it's a cedar shake roof now, it has lots of ventilation. I'm "assuming" a good contractor would know how to add them. Is this product in any stores in Porltand, OR?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
6/4/2015
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Eric Novotny
An informed customer is the Best Customer!
6/5/2015
You are correct in that the roof will need plenty of venting in this case to work right and keep condensation/sweating at bay.
Guest User
8/31/2015
Aloha-- I'm on the homeowners association board for my townhouse project, La Pietra Townhomes. Licated in Honolulu. Our community is architecturally significant , built in 1970 to look like a "grass shack " style complex . So the look of the roof is crucial. (I'll attach a photo ) Two factors lead us to consider the idea of replacement with an attractive , shake - simulating , metal roof product . The community is on the slope of Diamond Head crater, thus the natural vegetation surrounding us is bone dry much of the year . We are worried about wildfires. And factor two is efficiency & cost savings ; in the summer it gets very hot in the attics and within the homes; running an A/C is ULTRA- expensive here. Can you recommend more manufacturers styles of product beyond those seen currently on your website? We'll reroof approximately in January /2015 Please email me uour replies. Mahalo , Helen
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
8/31/2015
Thanks so much for your post. I think that a metal shake or shingle could work very well for you. Those look like some great homes. Attached is a photo of the Kona Airport recently completed with an aluminum shake. Note the building on the right not yet completed. We do have several manufacturers of shake and shingle look products that are members of the Metal Roofing Alliance. Accel, Classic, Edco, Gerard, Ideal, Interlock, Kassel & Irons, and Rare come to mind. Those really are largely the leaders in that market. One thing you may wish to think about due to your proximity to the salt coast is aluminum rather than steel. How might we be of further assistance to you?
Guest User
8/31/2015
Thank you for your speedy reply. I've been watching the progress of remodeling at the Kona Airport over the last 4 years. The in-organic , even lines that result with the style of metal shingle used on the airport buildings does not appeal to the HOA members. Many of them still cling to the use of real wood. As used on the original design. I sdmit it is very unique and attractive in the Dakine - TIKI HUT sort of way. I dint give up on my plan to change their minds; Surely there is annideal replacement choice out there I envision there is a style to be found which, once Installed on La Pietra Community roofs , would be a show stopper !!
Guest User
8/31/2015
Thank you for your speedy reply. I've been watching the progress of remodeling at the Kona Airport over the last 4 years. The in-organic , even lines that result with the style of metal shingle used on the airport buildings does not appeal to the HOA members. Many of them still cling to the use of real wood. As used on the original design. I sdmit it is very unique and attractive in the Dakine - TIKI HUT sort of way. I dint give up on my plan to change their minds; Surely there is annideal replacement choice out there I envision there is a style to be found which, once Installed on La Pietra Community roofs , would be a show stopper !!
Guest User
8/31/2015
Im fighting an uphill chalkenge. Many of the owners are fully committed to retain real wood shakes. The Kona Airport re-roof is sensible, yet looks quite even and non-organic. Do any other designs come to your mind.?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
8/31/2015
Thanks, Helen. That all makes sense. I have something I'd like to email you to take a look at. Can you please email me at [email protected] and then I will reply? Thanks much.

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