Roofing question

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  1. Earthbound

    Earthbound Well-Known Member

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    We have an old flat roof barn that we have divided into 4 poultry pens with 2 runs on the front and 2 on the back. We just took over the lease on this property and the SOB that had the lease before us took the galvanized metal roofing with him. We live on the coast of Canada and it gets very wet here. We did an emergency cover with old greenhouse plastic to keep out the wet for the time being but know that we have to put on something permanent pretty quick here. I phoned for some quotes on the metal roofing and we were quoted on the cheap end $700. A bit to rich for our blood. Question does anyone know of or use a cheaper alternative to the metal roofing?
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    what are the rough dimensions of the building and how much pitch is on the roof? Is the roof solid sheathing or does it have lathing strips?
     

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    The rough dimensions are 14x42 and I "m not sure about the pitch but it is just slightly sloped from a flat roof so the water runs off the one side into the gutter. How does one figure the pitch?
     
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    metal replacement roofing should costs you approximately $365 US. If the roof is solid sheathing then roll roofing could be used as a substitute for material cost of approximately $105 US
     
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    It is solid sheating, so by saying roll roofing you mean solid rolls of "shingles" for lack of knowing the proper term. I believe my DH was looking into this. Do you need to put down anything inbetween the wood roof and the roll roofing? The $700 + is way to much for us to shell out at this point as we have to recover 3 100x40 greenhouses.
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    Your definition is adequate to describe roll roofing. You do need to lap the material correctly and if the slope of the roof is minimal you would best be advised to use a tar type sealant in the lap joints.
     
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    Thanks a bunch for your info! The slope is definately minimal, so this may just be the most cost effective way for us to go. Will this type of roofing last say 5 or so years?
     
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    Nail the material thoroughly with roofing nails and seal the lap joints extremely good and the roof should last 10 to 12 years. At the exposed area of the roll roofing you will need to nail some to keep it from blowing up in a strong wind and the heads of the nails will be exposed. Put tar over these nail heads. If you can find hot galvanized nails use them instead of the electro galvanized nails that are too common at the big supply houses.
     
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    Thanks again, I had no idea about the tarring of the nails, but it makes perfect sense.
    coory
     
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    There are two variations of rolled roofing,.. single coverage and double coverage. The single coverage only overlaps about 4",..... the double coverage overlaps half the roll; approx 18". With a minimal pitch,... the double coverage is recommended, using roofing tar on the lap.
     
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    Not sure if you are east coast or west coast, but if it is the eastern side, check the on-line classified ads for newspapers in Fredericton, Moncton, Miramichi, Halifax, and St. Johns. You may find metal roofing at a better price than you were quoted. Roll roofing can last for several years if applied properly, but if a Nor' Easter' blows in, the risk of losing your roof goes up. Good luck.
     
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    If you do this on the cheap, start saving money. You will be redoing it. and redoing it. And redoing it.

    I'd shop for a better deal on tin & do it right the first time & be done with it. Time is money too, and you are looking at spending a _lot_ of time on this....

    --->Paul