Very often the owners of vintage homes like to conserve their embossed tin shingle roofs. Unfortunately, these days it’s difficult to get metal shingles that would match the texture, size, and shadowing of the embossed tin shingles that were in use from 1870 to 1930. Yet, there are ways to meet the budget constraints and also the appearance expectations.
For such owners of homes with embossed metal shingles, it is the porch that’s the most taxing. That’s because the porch area is often the most trodden. As can be expected, painters would have positioned ladders on the shingles, and children would have surely played on those. It’s quite normal to have to have damaged porch tin shingles.
When undertaking maintenance of metal shingle roofs, the porch roof needs to be handled in a manner different than upper roofs due excessive damage.
Here are four solutions:
1. Here is an interesting case. A historical district owner was in a tight spot. The enclosed porch roof area leaked into her living room. The local historical society completely discarded any plan to replace the roof unless the same metal shingles could be used. Her budget was insufficient to replace with new shingles at that time.
Under the circumstances the owner had to balance her priorities between acceptable appearance, performance and budget.
On priority in her plans was to stop the leakage into her living room and to avoid a conflict with the local historical society. To achieve this plan, the fully reinforced system with restoration green acrylic was employed. This system comprises of four layers of acrylic with mesh sandwiched between two coating layers.
For the above situation at that point of time, it was a sensible approach. From the driveway, the porch roof surface looks well turned-out. Since the main entrance is thru the back door, the appearance issue seemed resolved for the roof surface. By the way, the leakage situation was solved
2. Standing seam panels have continued to be a popular choice for a porch roof. The reasons are not difficult to guess: Both, the standing seam as also shingles are traditional styles of metal roofing. Moreover, the traditional standing seam panels and the metal shingles harmonize each other quite appealingly. The price in this case is less than new shingles,
3. If modern asphalt shingles have already been provided as a solution, any owner would accept that the appearance is by and large unwelcome. On such patios, where tin shingles are noticeable on other roofs, the least expensive way will be to coat the porch asphalt shingles with the same acrylic tint as the rest of the metal tin shingles.
4. Another reasonably priced way is to have a smooth, rolled roofing installation. This should be followed by a coat of rubber or mineral surface roofing with the acrylic of the embossed tin shingles. One customer coated his porch roof with an acrylic tint that heightened the trim of his stone house.
Getting associated with a contractor experienced in this field, would often get you innovative solutions.