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Stainless steel roof

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hal roberts

01-13-2018 11:41:23




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Strongly thinking of putting a stainless standing seam roof on my house. Cost is not as great as you might think. Wondering if anyone has any experience with this? Thanks--Hal




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jr1983

01-14-2018 20:26:42




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
there are way to many old metal roofs out there for anyone to be able to say all metal roofs leak. I've got an old bakery shed with the original metal roof that's at least 150 years old that's never leaked once. Many abandoned farmsteads around here the only building that are still worth a crap are the ones with the metal roof. The asphalt shingled ones all go to crap. Anyone who says all metal roofs leak does not know what they are talking about.

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504

01-14-2018 19:52:20




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
Moms house was built in 1938,it still has the original roof on it and the only leak was at the dormers,and that was cured with modern caulking. Of course I am not sure theses modern houses will hold up a slate shingled roof.



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DoubleO7

01-14-2018 14:42:25




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
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Is that the installed price including all valleys, ridge caps, trims, etc.?



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Brian G. NY

01-14-2018 14:12:24




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
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He did say "Standing Seam" ........not too much chance of it leaking, I'm thinking!



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Stephen Newell

01-13-2018 19:50:49




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
There isn't anything wrong with that type roof. It's like anything else, it depends on the skill of the installer whether it leaks or not.



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showcrop

01-13-2018 18:49:09




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
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No, they all leak within fifteen years or so, it is just that no one has gone really looking for where they leak. The insulation holds the small amount. A house near me changed hands 3-4 years ago, and right away they were replacing the steel roof, which I remembered going up. They were putting asphalt on it, and the new owner said that they found a bunch of leaks during the inspection that had not shown up yet inside. The got it in time to prevent real damage.

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JD Seller

01-13-2018 20:31:38




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to showcrop, 01-13-2018 18:49:09  
The only steel roof I think will not leak is a standing seam one. They can last 50 to 100 years with care.

The new style with the screws in the flats will leak. The rubber washers will deteriorate in a short time.



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4520bw

01-13-2018 16:36:10




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  

We have stainless on our old barn roof and the shop is stainless on the outside and on the inside we also put stainless over the insulation and ceiling. Never had a problem.



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wgm

01-13-2018 16:21:15




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
Stainless steel is one of the most active metals when it comes to expansion and contraction. Will leak like a sieve in a couple years. Of course all metal roofs leak unles installed properly which means standing seam, concealed fasteners. This will allow the roof panels to move. Screwed down or nailed down pole barn siding/roofing is guaranteed to leak right out of the box.



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jm.

01-13-2018 16:33:10




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to wgm, 01-13-2018 16:21:15  
I can show you several including some 20 years old that are screwed down and have NEVER leaked.



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wgm

01-13-2018 19:49:23




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to jm., 01-13-2018 16:33:10  
I doubt that. All metal roofs leak.
The facts remain a sheetmetal roof expands and contracts constantly and works on the fasteners and elongates the holes and all of a sudden, roof leak.
Only a fool would install a sheetmetal roof and expect not to leak



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jim buford

01-17-2018 15:40:09




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to wgm, 01-13-2018 19:49:23  
Really, only a fool? I worked as an insurance adjuster for many years and found if installed correctly they gave less trouble than a shingled roof. Depends on quality of metal and installer just like any other roof.



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showcrop

01-13-2018 16:16:51




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
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From everything that I have read, the regular standing seam roof is light years ahead of asphalt shingles or plain metal roof. Why would you need more?



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ohiojim

01-13-2018 16:08:45




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
about 3 miles from me my friend cover his whole barn in stainless steel made from 2nds from local steel mill. it reminds me of supermans crystal palace



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jeffcat

01-13-2018 17:28:00




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to ohiojim, 01-13-2018 16:08:45  
Can also look like a B-29 Bomber.



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athol carr

01-13-2018 14:15:05




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
when you put two stainless steels together, say sheet and fastenings one will show rust stains. This is from many years in yachting and stainless steels and stainless bolts or screws. This is experience with 304, 316, 317, 324 stainless. The 304 is also used for pots and pans as it is easily formed. I have had all types used for marine engine mufflers, hot salt water and diesel exhaust rotted all out in two years each. Went then to plastic muffler and never a problem thereafter

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DoubleO7

01-13-2018 13:56:33




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
Scrap price alone for SS is 5.33 times more expensive than steel.

Prime metals is most likely a bigger spread than that.

Here in Florida anyways.



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jeffcat

01-13-2018 13:33:18




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
In my humble opinion. I have no idea what grade stainless they use. Now it could be a terrific looking roof. Next it is going to look like a dairy barn if it is not colored. Summer time it will be very shinny and also reflect heat from the sun. My folks barn was galvinized and you could see that barn from 5 or 6 miles away on the other side of the valley. Then the traveling crews sprayed it with black roof tar. Have seen metal roofs in several colors. Green looks kinda nice. Guess I am rambling a little. There have got to be some experts on here. Well I started to do some looking. My neice is an architect and so I know where to look for stuff on line. This site gives you an absolute ton of information from an architectural design point of view. There is a lot more than the average person would think. Hope this answers all of your questions.

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hal roberts

01-13-2018 15:57:23




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to jeffcat, 01-13-2018 13:33:18  
Thanks for the link--very informative. The material is 26ga. 304 stainless. Quoted cost is 190.00 per hundred sq. ft. Some of the Amish in this area are putting it on their barns & houses. Some local roofers are using it on their own homes. Drip edge, valleys, ridge cap & screws are all stainless. Thanks again.



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jeffcat

01-13-2018 18:59:43




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 15:57:23  
Glad to help. As I said, when you know were or what to look for.



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Pete in MD

01-13-2018 13:24:09




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 Re: Stainless steel roof in reply to hal roberts, 01-13-2018 11:41:23  
I don't have any experience with stainless roofing. I do know that some stainless panels are plain steel with stainless clad over them. When the panels are sheared to length the plain steel is exposed on the ends and can rust depending on the environment they're exposed to.



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