curtis rudisail
1/3/2004
I am having a metal roofing installed on my home but I have heard of some much leaking problems. I am very afraid that I am going to have problems with this system,but I would like something that will last. My last roof only lasted 6 years. Could someone please ease my mind about the metal roofing system. Plus want kind of insulatin is good in the south,just felt paper or want kind of system is good. Thanks for your help
Guest User
1/6/2004
To my mind, a successful metal roof is dependent upon two things: 1) Choosing a product which is appropriate for the particular application 2) Proper installation. Work with the manufacturer of your roofing to determine its suitability for your project. Also, ask them about experienced installers available in your area. If your manufacturer cannot help you in these areas, find a different manufacturer. There are hundreds of thousands of successful metal roofing projects out there. The products do work but they must be used properly and they must be installed properly.
Guest User
1/6/2004
The insulation and underlayment question is dependent upon what type of product you choose. Again, the manufacturer can help you with this.
Guest User
1/14/2004
Even if the manufacturer recommends an installer and they install it incorrectly the manufacturer is not liable and they can and will deny any responsibility. I got burned for more than twenty thousand dollars and now my only choice is to go to an asphalt roof because of insurance reasons, they will not cover any more water damage because of my new metal roof. My roof is a simple hip so complexity is not a problem.
Allan Reid
Dura-Loc Roofing Systems, Inc.
1/19/2004
With the increase in interest in longer life roof systems, many people are tutning to metal roofing. There are many styles and systems designed specifically for residential application that carry product approval reports issued by the various building code groups such as ICBO, SBCCI, BOCA and now ICC that review a prodiucts suitability and performance. It is wise to choose one of theses products as it provides a good level of confidence. On the other side of the coin, many people do not want to pay for a long life roof system and appear to be gravitating to other generic metal roofiing and siding products that were not designed, tested and approved for residential application. Basically they were designed for agricultural out buildings and they will not perform. Just because a product is available at a Home Depot or Lowes store does not mean it is approved for your application. As well the roofing is typically sold as sheets only with limited accessories, typically from another manufacturer. The paint systems are differant and so are the life expectancy and performance of the screws. When investing in in a permenant solution to ones roof problems, take the time to investigate the product and the contractor.
Guest User
1/19/2004
Even if the manufacurer belongs to MRA and the installer does not do a good job you may be out the money you stuck into the roof. The manufacturer states that the roof was installed properly but my roof leaks so bad when it rains the water runs down the inside of the walls into electric boxes and lots of other places all the way into the basement. After I contacted the manufacturer about my concerns with the roof they sent a rep to my house to inspect the roof and assured me that the roof was installed correctly. One week later after a heavy rain and much damage to my house the manufacturer blamed the installer,so as Allen Reid states investigate the product and even if they belong to MRA all is not well.
Guest User
1/20/2004
I know of no metal roofing manufacturers that are in the business of making roofs that leak. Typically this is left to the DIY or the bad contractors or material used beyond its design capabilities. The only solution to that is to investigate and select a quality contractor. This is not a forum to vent but where a number of our manufacturing members volunteer or time and expertise to educate and help people identify and resolve problems. If you need help resolving your leaking roof, then please feel free to contact Todd or myself directly with more information and typically we can help out in short order.
Guest User
3/30/2005
so would you say never get a metal roof?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
3/30/2005
I would say this forum points out three things: 1) Only metal roofs designed for residential application should be used on homes. 2) Like any roofing product, metal roofs have limitations and must be used appropriately (as specified by their manufacturers) and must be installed by trained or experienced installers. 3) As an industry, we need to continue to work to get more installers trained.
Guest User
3/5/2006
So having said all that ...whats the reliability, leak wise, of a metal roof vs other types like asphalt shingles and tile?
Allan Reid
Dura-Loc Roofing Systems, Inc.
3/8/2006
Ask to see the product appovals on any products which show they have been tested and approved to the building code requirements. From that point choose a qualitied rooer, interview him, ask for 3 referances and check them out.
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