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Old 01-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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I have an existing roof that has about 14 yrs on its 3-tab shingles, plywood over metal framing. The shingles on the southern exposure have taken quite a beating and are near the end of their life-the north side, exposed to the harsher north winds (for our area) is actaully in better shape (?why?). The pitch looks to be a 5/12, no obstructions w/ approx 100SQ.

Is steel roofing recommended in situations as this? What types of roofing would be acceptable or could you identify the drawbacks. Longevity is of concern for this structure (a church) while cost is a factor the structure won't be sold so investment in a long lasting product would be considered.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Standing seam, metal shingles, or even slates. All longer lasting alternatives then 3 tabs or even the so called life time warranty shingles. I guess it mostly depends on budget and what kind of look they are going for. You could always use a corrugated metal panel but I don't think it would look very good on a church.

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Hands down standing seam metal. They make a aluminum kind very nice to work with and doesn't rust on the cut edges. Steel shingles are nice too if you don't like the look of standing seam.
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.........The shingles on the southern exposure have taken quite a beating and are near the end of their life-the north side, exposed to the harsher north winds (for our area) is actaully in better shape (?why?). ......
The sun is a factor. The asphalt is in more direct exposure on the southern face and the shingles suffer as a result. There may also be some detrimental heat gain (summer sun) issues that are amplified by the plywood on steel assembly.

Standing seam can be a good choice for institutional buildings. While initially more expensive it has a significantly longer life and should be less expensive over time.

100 squares is not particularly large, but a knowledgeable person should be sure the installation is spec'd and done right.

Good materials aren't worth much when installed poorly or inappropriately.
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