Roofing Answers Articles

Installing A Metal Roof

June 23, 2009

Q; My husband and I are going to put on a metal roof on our house. We have some experience after building a gambrel roof barn a few years ago and love the results. The barn was installed over purlins attached to the rafters. Here are my questions about installing a metal roof: 1. My… ( read more )

Hail Resistance and Solar Panels

Q: I am in the process of getting a new roof along with solar panels. I am considering a standing seam metal roof because it would allow installation of the panels without any roof penetrations (standing seam mounts). I had initially set myself on getting a regular shingle roof. But concerns about heat, as well… ( read more )

Metal Roof Installation

June 21, 2009

Q: I have some 26 gauge green metal. I want to use it to re-roof my home. I want to install 2×4’s every 2 ft on top of the 3 tab comp singles, and install the metal roof to the 2×4. Do I need some kind of rigid board insulation or radiant barrier? Also, do… ( read more )

Metal Roofing Over Insulated (SIP) Panels

Q: I have a new structure with 12 1/4″ structural insulated panel roof at a 2:12 pitch. (The low pitch is due to code which requires me to retain the snow load.) There is no attic space to ventilate and the roofing must be applied to the top surface of the insulated (SIP) panels. Even… ( read more )

Low Slope Roofing

June 17, 2009

Q: I have been reading and it seems that there is some debate whether Metal Roofing can be installed on a very low slope roof such as my own at 2:12 pitch. I understand that there may be some manufacturers that have a metal product that CAN be installed on such a roof. Is there… ( read more )

Metal on a Round or Curved Roof

June 16, 2009

Every once in awhile, someone asks me about putting metal on a roof that is either round or else has a concave or convex curved roof up the rafter like a bell shape. Vertical seam panels, unless hand-formed or customer curved, do not work real well on concave or convex surfaces. On a round roof,… ( read more )