Mendocino/Fort Bragg



Metal Roofing

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I'll bet you don't know where this roof is! That's right, the world (OK, locally) famous North Cliff Motel in Fort Bragg, California. Personally, I get a kick out of blue roofs, metal or otherwise. While there are some advantages to metal roofing (light weight etc.), in the coastal areas such as Fort Bragg and Mendocino, I feel the disadvantages out weigh the positives. One of the primary causes of premature roof failure on the coast is metal rot and deterioration. To cover an entire home on the coast with metal is just asking for trouble. Worse yet, most of these roofs are attached with exposed screws that have rubber-like gaskets. These gaskets are prone to failure leaving leak possibilities everywhere. In addition, with the need for frequent roof traffic to service wood stove pipes and clean gutters etc., metal roofs are very slick when they are wet. O yes, they also cost more than other types of roofing. So before jumping into a metal roof, give these comments serious thought.

Now that you've read my concerns about metal roofing, there is an easy answer to rot and fastener problems. Standing seam, copper. On these roofs the fasteners are under the metal where they are not exposed to failure, and copper is known to stand up a long time to salt air. In addition, most people like the appearance a lot. That's the good news. The primary drawback to copper roofing is, if you have to ask "how much?", you can't afford it. A new copper roof can easily run $40,000 and up. So, is that composition roof looking any better yet?

Metal Roofing 2004

While my concerns on metal roofing haven't changed much since my first views, I have decided to offer metal based largely on popular demand. The 4 primary concerns still remain, #1- metal roofing cost about twice as much as a good 40 year shingle roof , #2- I have yet to find a metal roof manufacturer who will guarantee their product within a mile of the ocean, #3- metal is very slick to walk on if dust or moisture is present and #4- the exposed fasteners with the rubber gaskets. So if you are willing to spend extra, if you live more than a mile from the ocean and walking on your roof is not an issue, then you could be a candidate for metal. That said, some advantages are : high wind resistence, light weight, great fire protection and a unique appearance. Plus,I have a solution for the exposed fastener problem. Let's see how a metal roof goes on.

This house had a wood shake roof that we've already removed, installed the plywood sheathing and covered with roofing paper. Now it's ready for a new standing seam, hidden fastener, red metal roof.

First the edge trim and valley metal is installed to get ready for panels to be applied, in addition to any other prep work to be done.

Then the panels are screwed in place after careful alignment. If you look closely this is what's called a "hidden fastener system". This means the fasteners are hidden under under the panels so as to be not exposed. This solves 1 of my concerns with metal roofing.

Out in the open field areas the panels go on quick and easy.

When we get to the valleys and hips, things slow down considerably, as the cuts have to perfect.

The metal is cut around pipe vents and then the appropiate flashing is installed on top.

On a big roof like this one several crews can be working on different areas at the same time.

We're getting close to the end of installation, just put on the last panels, hip and ridge trim and whatever detail work is left.

Here is the finished roof area over the garage and end of the house.

And the view of the front. A very nice looking roof!


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