can a 5 year old metal roof be removed and re-used?

Marianna Smith
8/27/2015
We installed a metal roof 5 years ago and have been very happy with it. Now however we are thinking about lifting one side of the roof up to add more headroom for second floor. I was wondering if we could remove the old roof intact and re-use the metal panels again when the remodel is done? The angle of the roof would be less pitched, so the panels would need to be shorter, not longer. Thank you for your input.
Eric Novotny
An informed customer is the Best Customer!
8/28/2015
Depending on how the panel was attached and what type of seam it has, yes. You may find that it is more costly to preserve the panels as compared to remake them.
Marianna Smith
8/29/2015
Thank you for your comment Eric. What exactly should I be looking for to see if I can remove them intact? As far as the seem goes, we have some smaller pieces sitting around and they slide into each other. The panels have a somewhat rounded lip on one side and a more A shaped ridge on the other. Beyond the lip is a row of holes for screws (or nails?). As you can see in the attached picture much of the roof is uninterrupted so I was hoping that that would make it a better bet. I was even thinking about the possibility of not having to shorten them at all as I am assuming that cutting the panels would be a labor intensive task.
Eric Novotny
An informed customer is the Best Customer!
8/30/2015
Marianna, Depends on the seam lock type. Any pictures?

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