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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-11-2015, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ice damming and metal roofs?

Do those of you with metal roofs have a lot of problems with ice damming? Also, any recommendations on what type of metal roof to get?

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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

I have a metal roof and never had any problems with ice at all. Mine is a dark green and as soon as a little sun comes out, it melts fast. Not sure of the type. Was on the house when I bought it.
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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

I've had a metal roof on my place since 2006...and, yes, the ice hangs up on the gutters....so you ned to be darn sure your gutters are well secured or you're going to lose them...
I have mixed feelings about metal roofs...no doubt they disperse snow quickly, especially if exposed to sun BUT you need to have enough pitch for the snow to slide off and even then your gutters will take a pounding...I am not putting heat tape in my gutters either...
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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

Ice dams are caused by not enough insulation or improper ventilation in the majority of cases.I wouldn't even consider a metal roof on my house unless it was a standing seam.
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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

I use a lot of standing seam metal roofing as accents and on shallower pitch roofs. I have not had any call backs regarding ice dams. You should install finials at the lower edge of the roof (staggered) to keep the snow from tearing down the roof at one time and destroying the gutters (or landing on your head). You still will want to use ice guard and drip edge at the bottom of the roof.
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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

I have a rubber roof on the back roof with no attic under it. Have ice guards near edge with a 12 inch eave and ice buildup on roof tore 4 of them loose. They were only adhere to the rubber with some type of rubber adhesive with no damage to the rubber roof. Sliding snow and ice make quite a noise when it slides off and hits deck floor.

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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

Snow guards, snow guards, snow guards, two rows staggered, properly installed will stop most ice damming unless you have a nearly flat roof
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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

Yep, as a few have said here, steel roof pretty much eliminates the ice dam issues but if you have gutters, you need to put snow jax or some other product on to keep the snow and ice from exiting all at once and taking your gutters with it. I wound up using a product called Snojax at www.snowjax.com Put em on 5 years ago after almost losing my gutters.

As for where to buy the roof, I got my first one at Home Depot. 40 year guarantee and competitively priced. I just put steel on the addition to my new camp last fall. The Amish family that built the addition had a supplier between Fryburg and Venus but the name escapes me. I would be happy to dig up my receipt when I get home. Price was great for excellent material and a 40 year guarantee. Say the word and I'll dig up that receipt when I get home and PM you the contact info.

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Re: Ice damming and metal roofs?

We have no problem at all with ours but it is at a 12 x 12 pitch and no gutters. The roof came a place in mt. Jewitt called mountain top machine nice people 40 year guarantee. They deliver also.

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