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Can Metal Be Installed Over Two Layers?

Written by Todd Miller on June 9, 2009 | Filed under: Misc,Roofing Answers,Roofing Installation

Dean wrote and asked me:
Q: My cottage has one layer of shingles. But my detached garage has two layers. They are getting very old with mold growing on them and are curling in spots. Is it advisable to install metal shingles over the existing layers of asphalt singles?

I responded:
A: The low weight of metal roofing encourages such an application. Small amounts of curling are usually not a problem and a layer of underlayment is installed over the old shingles to minimize the impact of such curling.

Any biological growth will die once it is isolated from moisture and sunlight.

However, the building code in your area may dictate no more than two layers of roofing. Often even in those cases, though, building inspectors will waive the two layer maximum rule once the understand the low weight of metal.

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Todd's expertise comes from his years of experience in metal roofing manufacturing. As president of Isaiah Industries, based in Piqua Ohio, Todd runs a several of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential metal roofing; Classic Metal Roofing Systems, Kassel & Irons, and Green American Home. His personal goal is to educate homeowners of the long-life benefits of metal roofing.

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