Roofing Installation Articles

Recent Question About Roof Deck Insulation

February 16, 2017

I received the following question recently from a homeowner named Tom. He is obviously doing his homework to ensure a successful roofing project. I like that! Q: Todd, I saw your info on metal roofs over shingles and have a few questions. I have a double wide low pitch roof that has some saging between… ( read more )

Metal Roof: Battens or No Battens for Installation?

April 27, 2016

Q: Can a metal roof be installed over my existing shingles without the use of battens? This great question comes from Edward C., a homeowner who plans to have a new metal roof installed over the aging, existing shingles on his single story home. Thanks, Edward, for allowing me to share our correspondence on this… ( read more )

Remove Roof Shingles Before Installing a Metal Roof?

March 26, 2015

I frequently am asked whether homeowners and contractors should remove roof shingles from a home’s roof before a new metal roof is installed. My answer often surprises people. However, it is based upon experience with tens of thousands of installations over many years. My Experience The vast majority of installations of the metal roofing systems… ( read more )

Metal Roofing and Skylights

March 25, 2014

Any type of roofing and skylights have special installation considerations to ensure water-tightness. Many homeowners ask me if they can have a skylight with their metal roof. The answer, of course, is “Yes!” but there are a few things that must be kept in mind. Folks will worry about the noise from rain hitting a… ( read more )

Battens or no Battens?

November 7, 2011

Greg from Florida recently sent me this question: Q: I am looking to have a metal roof installed over my existing single layer shingle roof. I have had several estimates from companies but the one difference I see is that some companies want to use purlins (battens) and others do not. Are there a advantages… ( read more )

Does A Metal Roof Need To Be On Battens?

September 25, 2010

Q: I have removed all the old shingles from the roof boards (not plywood) the roof is in great shape and have installed an ice shield over the roof. Can I install the metal roof over the Ice shield or do I need the 1 X 4 battens every 2 feet as well, It’s a… ( read more )