Metal Roofs are Great! Right??

Usually, I am a big fan of metal roofs the materials can last a very long time. But as in any roofing project, it takes a trained and qualified craftsman following manufacturer’s installation instructions.  This roof has planes are not laying flat, and a raised seam roof must have flat planes or the seams buckle and can come loose. 

This was not a cheap roof, around $25k.  I am nearly certain that the manufacturer would never honor a warranty repair on a roof that was so poorly installed.  I can see litigation all over this job.

Raised seams are buckling in dozens of locations, very poor install

flashing at chimney has been sealed with calking? not cut into the masonry

counterflashing with exposed siding needs to be replaced

screw through end cap of gutter?


screws through drip edge and gutters in numerous location, notice the screw is only a couple inches from the bottom of the gutter, this is a lousy place for a screw, these gutters will have to be replaced. 

screws through gutter / replace

roofing has sealant underneath? Metal roofs are not held down with adhesives, or at least they are not supposed to be

kinks in roof – seam coming loose 

roof poor kinked and bent roof.  This roofing should have never been installed on this structure, the roof planes are not flat enough for a raised seam metal roof.

gable end sealed with caulking?- this requires flashing and counter flashing

I don’t know what the ultimate repair will be, but I suspect this entire roof will have to be removed and replaced with a different type of product that works on roof planes that are not perfectly flat


JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students

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