metal roof on double wide

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Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:45 pm

I had a metal roof put on my double wide mobile home 3 years ago. It leaks. The man who installed it said the roof is not leaking that its the soffits. I had two other roofers looking at the roof and they said its not the soffits, but rather the metal roof was not installed correctly. There is no water and ice shield under the metal (the roofer told me you don't need water and ice shield under a metal roof). Also the metal was nailed on top of my old shingles which he said was ok to do, but he didn't use any strapping under the metal roof, he just nailed the metal directly to the shingles.

Since then this man has skipped town and I can't find him.
I've decided I am going to fix the roof myself instead of relying on roofers who each give me a different view of how to fix the roof.

I see repair guides are for sale on this site; is there info in any of these guides for installing a metal roof on a double wide mobile home?


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Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:06 pm

Hi & welcome. Let me see if I this right. You have a metal roof nailed directly over a shingled roof?? JD is our roof expert, but I can honestly say that I have never heard of doing it that way. That is not to say it would not work, just that I have never heard of it. I'm sure JD will see this and add to it.
As for a manual, Mark, the owner of this site has written a book that covers about any problem you will ever encounter, it is written in a generic form. I highly recommend it. Greg
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Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:37 am


Again, welcome to the site.

Until JD comes to your rescue go to the Articles link above, scroll down about 1/2 way and you will see an article on metal roofs.

Good luck,

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Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:21 am

Hi Greg and welcome,
good for you in deciding to do roof yourself. if you order Marks repair book you will find a section on doing reroofs. as long as your home is level and tied together you should not have any problems (as far as i can see)as you are working on a bigger roof. I think that JD will agree with me, but would suggest that you order Marks repair book and read the section on doing a roof. when you start take some pics and post here so we can see how you ae progressing, wishing you all the best and no rain in your forecast.
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Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:07 pm

The shingles definitely should have been removed before installing the metal. Ice & Water Shield would be nice, but expensive as a roof underlayment. But if there are face nailed fasteners in the metal, the Ice & Water Shield would self-heal around all the fasteners.

As everyone has said, Mark's repair manual is highly suggested. There are several forum members that have used that info to install their metal roof. Take a look at these pics from VCFD. He just recently installed this roof.

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