Residential Re-Roofing 2010: Metal tile virgin

Success comes from being armed with what you need to get the job done. Moyers Welding & Fabrication, d.b.a. Frametek, a fabricator of panels for metal buildings, investigated the idea of adding a metal roofing tile to its arsenal.

“I first talked to Met-Tile about their product several years ago,” says Tim Moyers. “ I was impressed with Terry (Holman), the owner, their company and their product. This is our first project with Met-Tile, but it won’t be the last. I like the way it goes on, like an R-panel or U-panel, up to 24 feet, so for this project, the roof panels have no horizontal splices. An so far, it looks pretty impressive.”

At press time in mid-April, Moyers was battling the annual heavy winds New Mexico experiences each spring and the project was at a standstill. The 57-square project is a little more than half complete.

Problem: The original roof, a green standing seam profile, leaked from the time it was installed, Moyers says. The homeowner recently changed out some roofing on hangers on the property, installing red metal roofing and wanted the home to match — great time to replace the standing seam roof that was poorly installed.

“They had a leaking problem from day one due to a bad installation,” Moyers says, adding he’s confident the Met-Tile system will not leak. “Plus we’re putting down the GAF StormGuard (underlayment) instead of 30-pound felt. The original felt did what felt does … it eroded. We’re blessed here with temperatures around 100 or even 110 degrees in the summer and it drops down to about 0 on occasion in the winter. That complicates things.”

The Met-Tile product is being installed to allow for proper expansion and contraction.

Options: Several roofing systems were considered, but they all were metal. Moyers and the homeowner looked at other metal tile products, including stone-coated panels. After some thorough investigating and re-visiting the prospects of installing a Met-Tile roofing system, Moyers “swayed the home-owner in the direction of Met-Tile.”

Moyers says the first panel installation on any run is the most important. “You have to start out square, the deck has to be straight before you put down the first sheet,” he says.

Selling point: “It’s a good looking product, it’s going to last and not leak,” Moyers says, knowing his crew would get it installed correctly. The Met-Tile roofing product contains six, 1-1/2-inch high by 7.2-inch pitch corrugations for a total coverage of 36 inches.

Verdict: The homeowner likes the look — so far — and will be even happier when the project is completed and his roof doesn’t leak.

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