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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Metal roof + trees = ???

Hey guys,
I am getting ready to replace the roof on my 24 x 24 detached garage. The asphalt shingles I put on it when I built it have been beat to death from junk falling fom two large oak trees that overhang the garage. Also, all of the little junk falls on the shingles and stays there, accumulating more junk etc etc.
So I am seriously thinking of doing a standing seam metal roof. Nobody can seem to tell me how it will hold up over the years to small twigs and junk along with an occasional bigger piece of Oak tree falling on it.
So ... if any of you have a metal roof on a garage or house and lots of trees around, lets hear your experience.
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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

No problem whatsoever, beauty is that if one or two ribbons get damaged, they can be replaced relatively easy.

I've had it installed on about 8 or 9 houses I have built. great for snow too.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 10, 4:50 AM
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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

I've had a metal roof on my house for almost 10 years and on my shop for 6 or so. I don't have a problem with trees nearby but I love the roof. Especially like the lifetime warranty.
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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

if you like living in a war zone, lol-ever heard acorns falling on a metal roof, dead (large) branches hitting a metal roof, lol
every year we go thru this, pow, pow, pow-sounds like gunfire-im sur. by large oaks
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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

It kinda depends on the gauge of the metal you use. If you use the big box specials it will look like crap in a short time. If you use real standing seam roofing it will hold up much better. I had a building on my farm that had .06" thick standing seam that was installed in the early part of the last century and was still in pretty good shape when I pulled the building down in the 1980s.


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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 10, 9:34 AM
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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

Have it on my house. Just be sure it is screwed on, not nailed. Should last about 80-100 years. At least half the price of a tear off and replacement with shingles.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 10, 2:19 PM
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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

Why no cut the tree down or cut it back?

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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 10, 3:02 PM
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if you like living in a war zone, lol-ever heard acorns falling on a metal roof, dead (large) branches hitting a metal roof, lol
every year we go thru this, pow, pow, pow-sounds like gunfire-im sur. by large oaks
your results may vary
My neighbor across the street had a metal roof put on his house about 6 months ago and I know what you mean by "war zone". They have lots of palm trees and hen one of those fronds falls off the tree and hits the roof in the middle of the night, it scares the crap out of me. I hear it all night when its windy. The palm fronds hitting the roof must be unbearable for them if I can hear it crystal clear in my bedroom...

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Re: Metal roof + trees = ???

Thanks for all the replies ! That is the type of info I was looking for. The tree is too nice to cut back so it will stay. We are used to the "acorn wars" every fall so that is not a problem

I finished replacing all of the facia today with Azec synthetic trim boards. Guess i will order the metal next week. I am going to pay one of my customers who has a roofing company to strip the old roof, replace a couple fo pieces of sheathing and put down the tar paper. I am going to do the metal myself with a helper, actually looks easier than doing regular shingles. Just in case anyone else is thinking of it, I think my total price is going to be about $3000 including the tear off. Thats for a 24x24 detached garage with a 6-12 pitch roof.

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Go buy a pair of VANS shoes, with the flat sole, use your foot to snap the metal into place. My roofer sets the bottom in place, then shuffles up the ribbon using one foot to snap it in as He goes, You'll see what I mean.

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Are you going with the "standing seam" (nice stuff) or the "pole barn" steel that looks like, well - pole barn steel? - I really like steel roofs but around here everybody cheaps out and puts the cheap stuff on with exposed screws and it does not look all that great - I'm sure it lasts but it looks cheap.
Also, The steeper the pitch of the roof the more natural it looks IMO.

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Bill - I'll be interested in hearing how it goes. I have a 24 x 48 shop that I'm planning on putting a steel roof on so it matches my other 3 outbuildings. The old shingle roof is starting to leak. It is a 12/12 pitch which I'm dreading!

I've heard the biggest trick is simply getting the first piece of steel on the roof straight. From there, it is a piece of cake. But if that first piece isn't straight, look out!
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Go buy a pair of VANS shoes, with the flat sole, use your foot to snap the metal into place. My roofer sets the bottom in place, then shuffles up the ribbon using one foot to snap it in as He goes, You'll see what I mean.
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That is how they do it in thier install videos.

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Are you going with the "standing seam" (nice stuff) or the "pole barn" steel that looks like, well - pole barn steel? - I really like steel roofs but around here everybody cheaps out and puts the cheap stuff on with exposed screws and it does not look all that great - I'm sure it lasts but it looks cheap.
Also, The steeper the pitch of the roof the more natural it looks IMO.

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No cheap "pole barn" stuff for me. This is what I am using http://www.fabral.com/product.php?id=19

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Bill - I'll be interested in hearing how it goes. I have a 24 x 48 shop that I'm planning on putting a steel roof on so it matches my other 3 outbuildings. The old shingle roof is starting to leak. It is a 12/12 pitch which I'm dreading!

I've heard the biggest trick is simply getting the first piece of steel on the roof straight. From there, it is a piece of cake. But if that first piece isn't straight, look out!
Dana,
Mine is only 6-12 so it should not be too bad. I built the complete garage myself with my Wife helping and my Brother when we set the trusses so I think I can handle it ok. Mine has started leaking too so I need to get it done. I figure with a good helper it should be a one day job ? Go to Fabra'ls web site and look at the install videos, they show how to get started straight etc
http://www.fabral.com/product.php?id=19

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