piqaboo wrote:Shap, what do you guys think of your roof? We're semi-considering getting that kind if we ever remodel or when we have to re-roof (that latter being a decade or so away, we hope).
We like it, and we hope it lives up to the durability promise. It has one big drawback, which most likely won't be an issue to you: When the ice and snow accumulate, they tend to come off in massive loads. The snow usually falls in strips equal to the length of the roof, 16" wide (the width of the space between standing seams). for a 6" snow, that can equate to about 800# at a time coming crashing down. The drop from the front eave is about 17'. In the back, it is about 26'. That's quite a load coming down hard. It is frightening to hear it hit.
Last years ice storm was worse. We had lots of ice and snow, and a loss of power. I believe there was about 5" - 6" of packed ice and snow on top of the house. When the ice came down, the entire roofload came down at once. I estimated it at about 26,000# for the back half of the main house. There is a deck back there, and when the ice hit the deck it shook the whole house, and knocked the toe board off the deck. I was surprised the deck withstood the impact.
We didn't install gutters, which was probably a good thing. I think it would have taken the gutters off when it came down. They do offer welded tabs to prevent the ice from coming down that way, but we weren't advised to install them and didn't think to ask.
We installed 30 year shingles on the house when we built it, but a hailstorm took them out after only about eight. The metal roof seemed like a better choice. I had wanted to install one when we built the house, but couldn't afford it.
I had also looked at the corrugated asphalt roof. It sounded good in the brochures, but I have yet to find anyone who has installed it on anything other than a horse-barn.Oh, another point. We bought the standing-seam roof, the type with the fasteners protected below the roof. Lots of metal roofs in our area are of the exposed-fastener type. The fasteners are installed atop the ridge, and have a rubber washer around them to seal out the elements. My observations of those roofs were that: 1) Nearly everybody that calls himself a capenter installs them, and many don't have a clue what they are doing. If you drive the nails to hard, the ridge bends and the fastener will not seal, and 2) the washers seem degrade over time. I've seen some of the older roofs in which the washers were dry and cracked or, in some case, gone completely. The salesman assured us that the 'new generation' of washers would 'outlast the roof', but I didn't buy it.
Choose your installer carefully. Best to contact the roof manufacturer or dealer and see if they have an approved list of installers. Ours was very professional and did an excellent job.