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Reuse metal roof?

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An old house with a new metal roof is being demolished up the street from me. I've got a 40-50 year old cedar shake roof that has given up the ghost and needs to be replaced. Does it make any sense to think about salvaging (at least some) of that metal roof to install on my roof, after the cedar shakes have been stripped off and the surface prepped?
I live in snow country in south central Idaho.

Thanks.

(post #157674, reply #1 of 37)

Define: Metal

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(post #157674, reply #3 of 37)

Really good question. I believe it's steel. I think that's what most people use around here.

(post #157674, reply #4 of 37)

Wait..MOST people is NOT the roof in question


You jerkin chains here or are you serious?


Steel ( withpaint) Terne ( with paint) Copper ( with paint)..What is IT?


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(post #157674, reply #6 of 37)

WHOA!!
I wasn't jerkin' chains at all, just admitting my ignorance. I said I believe it's steel because I believe I've heard that's what is generally used around here. I'm admitting I don't know for sure.

I meant no disrespect.

(post #157674, reply #7 of 37)

I said I believe it's steel


Probably is steel. But it could be several different thicknesses, several different types of finish, several different types of fastener systems, etc.


If it's silver in 10' lengths overlapped, it's probably not worth the trouble. I wouldn't bother with 29 ga or anything with a polyester finish. If it's 26 ga or 24 ga and has a kynar finish and you can make it fit your roof, then it might be worth it.


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(post #157674, reply #10 of 37)

Thanks for the detailed info. I've been talking with a roofing pro about our job and will, hopefully, have him take a look at the metal to see what we're dealing with.

We're trying to use recycled materials as much as possible on the remodel we're working on. I've been doing most of the work myself, but looked for help on this project.

(post #157674, reply #2 of 37)

go for it...

 


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(post #157674, reply #5 of 37)

Depends on the age, shape of the metal, and the gauge to be worth the labor involved.


 


be might be good for a shed anyhow. Can't have enough hammers, tapemeasures, utilityknives and sheds


 


 


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(post #157674, reply #8 of 37)

I'll definitely look into the gauge. I think it's only a year or so old and from the street looks in excellent shape.

Thanks

(post #157674, reply #9 of 37)

Yep, one year old and now the building is coming down. Gotta love America.

 


 


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(post #157674, reply #11 of 37)

Kind of a long story. The house is in Hailey, Idaho, a town that got it's start when silver and lead were found in the surrounding hills, back in the late 1800's. Most of the houses in the old core of the town were built between then and 1920's-30's. A fair percentage of those houses were built, I guess, without concern for longevity, although they were remodeled and remodeled over the years ( most recent being a nice new metal roof, paint job, and landscaping). Now tourism has taken over with Sun Valley resort just up the road and the old town has received lots of interest. A young couple with two kids bought the place intending to do the next remodel and found a fair bit of the the earlier remodeling was really poorly done. Their contractor convinced them it would be cheaper to "scrape" and rebuild than to correct all the structural issues that they found. They've been looking to salvage as much of the old place as possible. I'm pulling up the old grown doug fir floor and taking several of the glass paneled doors (and maybe some of the roof). It's a bit sad to be losing one of the old houses, but Idaho statutes don't provide any protection for buildings, old or otherwise.

(post #157674, reply #12 of 37)

yep, don't let those fir floors get away from ya.


If the pitch is easily accessible than it might be worth getting the roofing even if you find it's not desirable on your house.


 


 


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(post #157674, reply #13 of 37)

Have you ever seen any salvage material you didn't think was worth getting? ;-)

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

(post #157674, reply #14 of 37)

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(post #157674, reply #15 of 37)

LOL!

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

(post #157674, reply #16 of 37)

He'll even recycle a name like John Svenson


Lots of guys will call themselves that now and again tho


 

 


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(post #157674, reply #17 of 37)

Recycle.........hmmm guess that makes it a "green" activity. Nice to know I'm PC!

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

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(post #157674, reply #18 of 37)

PC = partly cute?

;)

 

 


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(post #157674, reply #19 of 37)

No. Potentially Crazy.

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(post #157674, reply #20 of 37)

Probably

 

 


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(post #157674, reply #21 of 37)

I'd do it if was in good shape. I'd put a cedar breather under it too- help it last that much longer.

(post #157674, reply #22 of 37)

cedar breather under a metal roof.


 


 


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(post #157674, reply #23 of 37)

I saw it being done last week at a commercial building in Boston. The installers say it's being spec'd alot now to keep condensation off the underside of the metal for longevity.

(post #157674, reply #25 of 37)

The cedar breather seems counter-intuitive to me. It is designed to help wood products, which are permeable, to dry. Metal roofing only has condensation when there is an air space underneath it. If it is tight to the underlayment, there is no condensation. I also wonder how you screw the roofing down tightly and avoid oil- canning.

(post #157674, reply #27 of 37)

I'm feeling better now as I was wishing I saw this tip before I did my own roof last fall.  It wasn't cedar breather- but that type of matting. This was on a commercial roof- the roofers told me they get that breather detail spec'd alot by archs now.


What's your best tip for vacationing on Vancouver Island?  I was getting overwhelmed looking at web stuff about it- the island is so big it's hard to settle on an area to stay.

(post #157674, reply #28 of 37)

The parts of the island you want to see are not that far apart. Most of the area to the north isn't worth a trip.


It breaks down into three areas:


The South Island includes Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. If you don't find time for Victoria, that's not the end of the world. I like the country around Cowichin Bay, Maple Bay and Genoa Bay. Small Wineries and Cheese makers in rolling agricultural land. Of the Southern Gulf Islands, Saltspring and Pender are my favorites. On the others there isn't much to do.


The West coast is really just Tofino and Ucluelet. Anything north of that is pretty inaccessible and isolated. Long beach runs between them and is spectacular. Another good trip is from Port Alberni to Banfield on a small cargo and passenger boat called the Lady Rose. It goes through  the Broken Island Group , which is classic West Coast scenery.


The East Coast is a bit more tame. Smaller trees and waves. There isn't much on the mainland, but Quadra and Cortez Islands are very nice.


Hope this helps.

(post #157674, reply #30 of 37)

Thanks for that- I printed it out and will keep your tips to get the planning started.


Thanks alot!

(post #157674, reply #33 of 37)

check out post #32

(post #157674, reply #34 of 37)

You definitely need a beathable underlayment. I use Grace's Tri-flex 30. Cedar breather is not a waterproof product, it is a rainscreen designed to provide an airspace. You still use building paper or Typar with cedar breather on walls.