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Old 04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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I have spent a lot of time in upstate NY and recently helped put a beautiful green "tin" roof on an old house upstate. Metal roofs have been the norm there are available in a huge number of nice colors and styles these days. They go on easily and are light enough so one would not need to do a total rip to shed weight. Better yet, if you have some plywood sagging or other imperfections, these can be made-up by adjusting the height of the perlins that are nailed to the rafters to support the roofing sheets.

I guess I'm just wondering why there is such a STARK difference between the two areas as there is, especially since metal roofs are fairly decent looking and competitively priced these days.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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I wondered that, too. I spend a fair amount of time in VT where there are many standing seam roofs.

My theory is climate.
The standing seam roof sheds the snow and ice far more easily. More snow and ice further north.
Potential for hurricanes on LI -- wind whipping off long sections of metal can't be good.
Salty air -- deteriorating the metal more quickly.

We did have a client out east who ordered a metal roof designed to resemble Spanish adobe tiles. Much lighter in weight, and from the ground looked like the real deal.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Interesting- what is the deal with the "standing seam" concept? The roofs that I have put on are more corrugated in natures and you overlap the seams and nail/screw through them with a special color-matched fastener with a rubber washer attached. Can be DIY if you don't mind cutting/handling the stuff. Looks decent, but the "standing seam" look is cleaner.

Do you know how that is put up?
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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LI gets screwed simply because the contractors have it all worked out. There are many, many construction materials/techniques out there that are simply unavailable to us. This is why every freaking house looks just like the next one. If you really look in to it, you find out "It's too expensive".
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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Corrugated metal roofs are too "rural" for suburbs.

I see standing seam roofs on LI but mostly commerial or "accent" for high end homes.

Comes down to cost. People do not want to pay for it. It is more expensive than asphalt. Can be noise in a rain storm.

Metal roofs do not cause ice dams and is why they are used further north.
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Interesting- what is the deal with the "standing seam" concept? The roofs that I have put on are more corrugated in natures and you overlap the seams and nail/screw through them with a special color-matched fastener with a rubber washer attached. Can be DIY if you don't mind cutting/handling the stuff. Looks decent, but the "standing seam" look is cleaner.

Do you know how that is put up?
I've had it explained to me, but I would be lying to you if I said I paid close attention. OBH is not a fan of heights and doesn't see herself roofing anytime soon.

Standing seam metal is usually fabricated on site; companies come along with a spool of the metal which is cut and bent at the home.

Here's a Bob Vila site description:
Standing-Seam Metal Roof Basics - Metal Roofing, Roofing
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Corrugated metal roofs are too "rural" for suburbs.

I see standing seam roofs on LI but mostly commerial or "accent" for high end homes.

Comes down to cost. People do not want to pay for it. It is more expensive than asphalt. Can be noise in a rain storm.

Metal roofs do not cause ice dams and is why they are used further north.
Here's a company I've seen in NH
Stratton and Sons Roofing, for Standing Seam metal roofing that lasts a lifetime. (http://www.standingseammetalroofs.com/standing_seam_metal_roofs.php - broken link)
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:40 PM
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Location: Hicksville NY
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Default metal roofing

I have put a premade standing seam panel roof on the addition on my own house in Hicksville. I will do the existing roof when I can affored it.
I think the biggest hurdle to metal roofing here is the cost. The cost for the metal roof was about 3 to 4 times higher than asphalt shingles, and this was a middle of the road price wise for the metal roofing. It is also easier to instsall asphalt shingles, easier to cut, if you miscut you only loss a few dollars per piece, easier to walk on [ metal is like a ski slope].

Also it is very hard to change contractors way of thinking. " This is what we install and have installed for years". Most people here are very set in their ways and are unwilling to change there ways. I even had trouble with the suppliers not really know what they were selling.

With all the problems to start and all the naysayers I think most people give up and use asphalt shingles.

I can say that the look is great, that the roof should last 50 plus years, and it sheds heat alot faster than asphalt does, keeping the house cooler. Would definatly do it again if I could afford it and recommend it to others [ nobody so far has spend the money for it].
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