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Old 11-02-2016, 09:11 AM   #1
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Skinning Option???

What do you all think about using roofing tin for skinning over 5 of 8 windows with no plans for addition windows. Im talking about classic 3ft wide 5 rib metal running lengthwise...but only using 26 inches or so since there wont be a roof raise. Closing up the ends would be the hard part but doable. Do you all think it would be thick enough...everything i've read says 28 ga, but shouldn't the ribs add some strength and hopefully reduce vibration. One benefit that i like is that i can get a 14ft long piece to cover each side and not have any seems.

Im not opposed to using sheet steel, but since i need 26 inches to cover top and bottom it seems a waste of a sheet.

What do you all think, im open to all suggestions and insight.
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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What do you all think about using roofing tin for skinning over 5 of 8 windows with no plans for addition windows. Im talking about classic 3ft wide 5 rib metal running lengthwise...but only using 26 inches or so since there wont be a roof raise. Closing up the ends would be the hard part but doable. Do you all think it would be thick enough...everything i've read says 28 ga, but shouldn't the ribs add some strength and hopefully reduce vibration. One benefit that i like is that i can get a 14ft long piece to cover each side and not have any seems.

Im not opposed to using sheet steel, but since i need 26 inches to cover top and bottom it seems a waste of a sheet.

What do you all think, im open to all suggestions and insight.
I think that closing the end well and having it look good may be challenging.

I have purchased metal roofing from a local producer for a number of projects. They bring the metal in flat in rolls. When you order roofing they put the proper color material roll on a big machine that creates the roofing profile.

I asked them if they would sell it to me flat and they said "no problem".

Maybe something like that would work?
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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I was thinking of installing metal j channel on the foward end

https://www.google.com/search?q=meta...UIBygC&dpr=1.5

fillign it with caulk or butyl tape and then installing the roofing metal....it should hide the end. If you've ever worked with metal roof or vinyl you know what im talking about.
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Old 11-02-2016, 02:10 PM   #4
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they also make foam rubber "closure strips" for all of the various metal roofing profiles.
They also make the same in various other more dense materials.
Combine those with the J-channel and I think your all set on the leading edge.
Would not need the J-channel on the trailing edge.
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:08 PM   #5
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If you have a place nearby that does the roll forming, then buying the sheet off the coil before it has been formed seems like a great idea. Also FYI if you go to a sufficiently large distributor/reseller, sheet is available in 60 and 72 inch widths -- not just 48. You'd have much less waste if you found a source for 60 inch wide material. A few years ago I needed a collection of pieces that really couldn't be carved from 4x8 foot stock well, so I bought a 72 inch by 20 foot piece and had them shear it to the actual sizes I needed.

If you can wait a while, you may be able to put in an order for a particular gauge-width-length combination and have it produced whenever they have the right coil on the line again.
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Old 11-04-2016, 02:10 PM   #6
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Most pole barn and metal roofing panels cover 36" in width.
So a sheet of unformed material might be about 40" or 42" wide.
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:34 PM   #7
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that stuff is real thin i bought 18 gauge from a shop.i got 2- 10' long 125 bucks out the door blasted clean .
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