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I want to install a metal roof to mimic cedar shingles or shakes on our house about a quarter mile from the ocean. Principal reasons are longevity, fire resistant and energy savings with a cool roof.
The local HOA and town zoning board are not fans of metal roofs, especially shiny ones. Complicating things are my plan to install solar panels.
I would appreciate advice on sources of aluminum shingles that will fulfill this.
It sounds like you have a good plan. Here are MRA member manufacturers of aluminum shake look products:
Aluminum Tile look products:
Aluminum Shingle look products:
Thank you very much for your reply. Very helpful.
How do the solar people attach their panels to a metal shingle roof. It seems like any attachment to the ply or OSB underneath would create many holes in the roof tiles
Correct, for metal shingles, brackets are used that are very similar to what are used for asphalt shingles. They do involve fasteners through the metal shingles but there are brackets that do a great job of sealing off the fasteners. Also, if the brackets are ever removed, it is possible with many metal shingles to cap over the penetrated shingle with a new shingle, sealing off the hole. Solar arrays on metal shingles are pretty common.
In most cases, aluminum fascia is just a lightweight piece installed over a wood fascia. For boxed-in overhangs, aluminum soffit spans the outer and inner edges, usually installs between J Channels. It is also low weight. Aluminum can be more maintenance-free than wood. Many of the painted metal shingles today utilize reflective pigments even in dark colors for enhanced energy efficiency. That said, lighter colors as well as "muddy" colors such as gray and brown usually hold color better than saturated reds, greens, and blues. I hope this helps.
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