Ask Todd Miller *Metal Roofing Expert

#17 – Flared Gables

Written by Todd Miller on February 23, 2017 | Filed under: Metal Roofing 101 Series, Roofing Help Videos

Every once in awhile, we run into buildings that have flared gables. You can recognize these situations because the ridge or peak of the roof is wider than the base of the roof. These are also often called flying gables. These gables must be handled very carefully with metal roofs. Any debris which ends up on the roof uphill form these angled gables will end up running into whatever trim piece is used on them. That could be tree leaves, pine needles, ice, and snow.

Many metal roof systems will use a J or F Channel sort of piece on these flared gables. That is an easy way to do things but those channels will fill up with roof debris, causing clogs that stop the water running down the roof from exiting the roof the way it should. When this happens, that water ends up places you do not want it – places where it will cause problems.

The solution to flared gables is a channel that allows the water and the debris to flow right off the roof rather than collect. At our company, we call these our Flared Gable Channels. If your home has flared gables, you do not want those areas to be handled any other way.

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2 responses to “#17 – Flared Gables”

  1. Todd Miller says:

    I’d be happy to help in whatever way makes sense. However, a great deal depends upon what type of metal roof you have and whether you want to remove it all in order to fix the problem. Can you email me a photo of the current gable situation and then I will share my thoughts? My email is todd@asktoddmiller.com

  2. bill kirch says:

    Can I buy your flared gable channels or do you sell a picture so my roofer can install on my metal roof. I am having the problem as described and have already replaced the face board.

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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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