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Steel roofs, are they worth it?


Early this last Sept. ('08), I put a new roof on our house.  30 year architectual  asphalt shingles.  But, I had done some research prior to that to look at a steel roof.  Costs prohibited it this time around, but I'm thinking next time around, I'll do it with steel.  What do you all think?


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They are used up here quite a bit.......The snow load slides off them a lot easier (watch out below)......You do hear them a bit with a heavy rain, but I like that sound.........

Quite a bit more expensive, so I understand, but they should last forever.

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I heard they last about 50 years.  We don't plan on leaving this house anytime soon, so that's why we were thinking about going with steel.  Kinda forgot about snow on it...


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As far as I'm concerned the coated steel is the way to go. I've seen warrenties as long as 75 years! eyepopping.gif That's a "do it right - do it once" kinda deal. nod.gif They can even be installed over existing shingles...provided there are no structural issues. Steel is the next roof I'll have and if I sell this place and build it will be steel from the start. Two manufacturers that I've looked at are Victoriaville and Great West. I even think that they look better and with the color options you can make yer house pretty darn shnazzy. aww 
And, yeah, I like the sound of rain on it too...but with the coating and the insulation that little bit of charm is lost (in the newer constructions anyway).
One more thing...I'll go so far as to say it's an easier installation than traditional asphalt shingles too.
Can ya tell that I'm for the steel roofing? biggrin

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Only real problem I can see with it, is if you have to go up on the roof.....Either, you are going to slip off and break your neck, or you are going to dent it all to hell..........

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Yeah, that could be a snotty experience Ponch. nod.gif I have a ladder rigged so that I can put it up from a ladder on the ground...it hooks over the peak and I can climb aboard from my ground ladder. Works well. thumbsup.gif 

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  I put a new architerical comp roof on last summer,[ life time warranty] heavy comp that looks like wood shakes,,  but only because the shop and other buildings have a existing Cedar shake roof, that still have some life left in them,, but will replace with the same when the time comes,,
We have a steel roof on the floating home,,that was put on a few years back,, I can tell ya that is the only way to go,, the steeper the pitch ,the better,, with all this snow we have had this year, the place would have sunk , but it all slid off into the river,  good investment for sure,,biggrin

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Hi Paul here. What is a life time warranty? 30 years from now , will they still make that product? Will the co.
still be in bus. or will they just give you a little off the price for buying the new product? I sell equipment,
and it has lifetime limited Warranty, it gets confusing to understand sometimes. I bought a headstone, 10 years
later it cracked. lifetime warranty, co. out of bus. Later Paul

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It's kind of like "Life in prison"...........Here in Canada, that's 25 years, parole sometimes at 15.......A joke........

Yeah...if a company is not in business, pretty hard to honour that lifetime warrenty...LOL

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I guess with the way things are goin' lately the whole ability to honour the warrenty question could extend to the Big 3 couldn't it? hmm Track records and testamonials are pretty good to help decide on things. If stuff makes sense it helps too. laughing.gif  Around here, a lot of places have "spikes" on the larger, steeper roofs. They're just a steel accessory that are usually installed on the last few feet of the roof...2 or 3 rows of 'em. They break up the snow and ice to lessen the odds of someone gettin' dumped on by a big pile of the stuff. I've seen those electrically heated cords too, but that seems like a collasal waste of energy...and maybe a bit dangerous too. I don't like 'em. disbelief

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We bought our place 3 years ago and it has a steel roof and vinyl siding - - - I really like the steel roof and it is "slick" as Poncho said but you ain't gonna dent it by walking on it - - - during Hurricane IKE we had some pretty stiff winds (gusts up to 70mph) and no roof damage whatsoever.

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paul52446m wrote:

Hi Paul here. What is a life time warranty? 30 years from now , will they still make that product? Will the co.
still be in bus. or will they just give you a little off the price for buying the new product? I sell equipment,
and it has lifetime limited Warranty, it gets confusing to understand sometimes. I bought a headstone, 10 years
later it cracked. lifetime warranty, co. out of bus. Later Paul



Well you have a point there, who's lifetime are we talkin about?? I guess it all boils down to whether it will last for MY lifetime,, thats really the only life I'm concerned about,,cry and I'm 70 y/o so if it lasts 20 years, or so,, after that my wiff or who ever lives here can worry about it,  smile
 The wood shake roof that it replaced lasted 25 years, and was still in pretty decent shape,,

 It was a good selling point thobiggrinbiggrin and the stuff is really thick, and heavy, made of fiberglass composit , looks like the wood shakes it replaced... well kindaconfuseconfuseconfuseno



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  I recently had some shingle damage , so we went with metal. I dont hear the rain , but I wish I did.
  My only complaint is , Im on emergency call 24/7 with the wrecker business. Well , the cell phone signal is next to nothing most of the time and IS nothing some times.  It wasnt like that before the metal roof. Im thinking about a wireless antenna system.  For now , I forward the cell# into the home phone.


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DrBailey wrote:
My only complaint is , Im on emergency call 24/7 with the wrecker business. Well , the cell phone signal is next to nothing most of the time and IS nothing some times.  It wasnt like that before the metal roof. Im thinking about a wireless antenna system.  For now , I forward the cell# into the home phone.


that right there, is something that most (meaning me) people would not even think about - - especially in today's world because lots of folks use their cell as their communication device and don't even bother with a landline - - - thumbsup.gif




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