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Ultimate Geek


#15974 18-Sep-2007 18:39

We bought a small unit which has a red steel roof. Now we would like to replace it to tiles instead.
The quote (from a Gerard certified roofer company) says they will leave the steel roof there and they will put the tiles on the top, because it's cheaper in this way.

My questions: is it okay to do like this?  Of course they will give guarantee, but is this the normal method or usually people are removing the old steel roof and then install the tiles? I mean will the roof become too heavy or not?

It's a professional company so I trust them, but I am from Europe, where you hardly can find any steel roofs, so I dont know anything about how to replace them.

Please have your say, much appreciated.

I is a kollege stoodent. Bee nice.

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Ultimate Geek

  #87083 18-Sep-2007 19:39
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A couple of questions (OK more than a couple):

Is it long-run steel or corrugated? Or something else?
Why do you want tiles? Is it because it's what you know and trust from Europe?
Don't you like the sound of rain on a tin roof? Or don't your tenants? ;-)
Is the existing roof in OK condition, or is it leaking?

- Just curious!

I'm not a builder, nor am I an engineer, but I know that tiles absorb a lot of water, and can add several tonnes to the weight of the roofing. I would seriously suggest an engineer looks at the roof trusses- it may be that the original design was only spec'd for roofing iron.



PS Does anyone remember the G-G-G-G-Gerard advertisments on TV? And who was it the took the piss about it, was it Mcphail & Gadsby??

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Ultimate Geek


  #87101 18-Sep-2007 22:21

Thanks Jon. I dont know if its long run or corrugated.
It is the original roof and the house was built in the 60s, red brick, you see thousands of them here.

Its leaking a little bit.

As I told I trust in the company, they are the experts, right?  :) But I am worrying about the weight.
I hope they know what they do. :)

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  #87143 19-Sep-2007 10:50
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We have a similar setup on our house. With a metal roof under tiles. It is great! (Disclaimer - I have no idea what the metal is and I don't own the house)

I'd check the quality of the metal first. Make sure it isn't rusting, leaking etc.

We have had small damage to the tile roof once, and although it leaked, it still drained properly because of the metal roof.


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Ultimate Geek


  #87158 19-Sep-2007 12:18

Good info, thanks!

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