Battens for Stone Coated Steel

Guest User
2/3/2016
A provided has discussed using the Gerard batten system. My non professional inclination is that elevation with a 1 x 4 would not be very sturdy. Would it be better to remove the existing shingles, repair or redeck then install the stone coated steel directly on the decking instead of the raised battens?
Dick Bus
2/3/2016
installing on 1 x 4 is ok from a sturdiness standpoint. I personally recommend that the roof be removed, inspect the deck, make the necessary repairs, install a good quality underlayment. then finish with a good quality roof panel. I also recommend that you use a manufacturer that is part of the Metal Roofing Alliance. (which Gerard is) The members agree to only promote quality product. thanks for considering a metal roof.
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2/3/2016
+1 Much bigger fan, personally, of taking it back to the base wood and building up from there.
Guest User
2/3/2016
Thanks for the replies. Our house is almost 100 yrs old. Tongue in groove roofing planks were used, not modern day roofing panels for decking. In some places there is a 3/4" to 1" gap between boards. What approach should we take here? Better to leave existing shingles on or remove? Thanks
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2/3/2016
I still stay remove and then use battens or just plywood it in.
Dick Bus
2/3/2016
I agree with Eric. better to remove and inspect. Since it is a old property I suspect that the walls have been insulated, better windows have been installed, etc. all these energy improvements is keeping moisture in the house. which means you need a vapor barrier which means you need plywood. now would be the time to install a balance ventilation in the attic. In the soffit as well as the ridge.
Guest User
2/5/2016
Are the untreated battens subject to moisture and rotting since they are not covered with a moisture barrier?
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2/5/2016
Not really. Condensation should not account for that much if the space is vented and they aren't getting rained on or wetted on the regular.

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