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Steel roofing for a house

  • 30-10-2021 3:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭ Easten
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    I know this was done years ago, is it possible to have a slate/tile effect steel roof on a house nowadays. I've seen newbuilds with a smooth type steel roof but cannot find much information on these. Does anyone know if these sheets can be got insulated? and is there any issues with planning. Thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 475 ✭✭ mike_2009
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    You can buy standing seam steel roofing with and without insulation. I've only seen systems for supporting tile/slate on top of steel structures, not made of steel itself. I'm not sure if they re commercial only. I've planning for tile , would like a steel roof but for cost / hassle of planning issues will stick with tile. Not sure if it's a big deal or not but would hate to tear down roof because someone complained!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,217 ✭✭✭ jack of all
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    Steel is do-able but built-up systems are probably the only viable option due to issues with noise- think of heavy rain or hail stones! Home insurance is a problem with anything other than conventional roofing materials for domestic construction, we expect buildi gs to have a life soan of 60 years in this country.

  • Registered Users Posts: 444 ✭✭ poor farmer
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    Another issue with steel roofing is the colour fading. It was quite popular around here 10 years ago, but it hasn't aged well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭ Easten
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    idk if they are the same systems I've seen on a few newbuilds around the place. Some of them have smooth green/grey steel roofs which must have some form of insulation and sound proof on them

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,393 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1
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    I'm currently looking at insulated cladding, tile effect on my own cottage. My situation is unusual, basically I put a large extension on the back of my cottage and at enormous cost. I was not permitted to raise my roof level and essentially ended up with a roof slope below the recommended pitch. Confounding my problem was instalation of very large velux type window and water getting in. Issues only happen in high winds and blowing a certain direction.

    No issues for about ten years but last year slates started to move, lift in high winds. Its entirely my own fault. So spoke to a number of roofing specialists and all agree that if I can't increase pitch an insulated cladding system is worth considering.

    It will require removing the slates and re working the roof frame to accommodate the cladding system.

    Got a great quote for the cladding and fixing (albeit) prices will increase before I proceed early next year.

    Obviously this solution not ideal or suited to every property, but my cottage is 250 years old (apart from extension) and the tile effect cladding should look fine.

    I should mention, my cottage in an area prone to High winds (Slieve Bloom Mountains)

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

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