160 year old home with a metal roof... what do I do?

I am looking at buying a house that my grandpa owns. It is 160 years old, and I have no idea how old the roof is. I want to know what you all think: should I repair or replace the roof? I known metal roofs are considered lifetime roofs. Could I get away with just stripping it and painting? The roof doesn’t leak, although it has at some point.

The contractors I have talked to have ranged from $5,000 to $22,000 for shingles. I am really tired of dealing with contractors… I evidently have not talked to the right one… the ones I have dealt with are not helpful and really condescending…

I had a really basic home inspection done where the inspector really liked to talk, and I don’t know if I am comfortable with his opinion. He says it needs replaced.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

There is some fascia (is that even the correct word?) that I think needs repaired. Or does it need completely replaced?

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Trouble spot 1: Does the wood need replaced or does it really matter?

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Trouble spot 2: Should all of this be redone?

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Trouble spot 3: Bug problem waiting to happen?

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Trouble spot 4: What do I even say about this?

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Total House View 1: Is is worth keeping?

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Total House view 1 zoom: Coat of paint?

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Total House view 2: Bad shape?

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Total House view 2 zoom: Is that hat vent ok?
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Replace wood and roof

re-plase it…

I see v crimp and standing seam,both look poorly.Nothing like a new shiny roofz

replace roof, replace wood (and paint), power wash whole house. it will make the whole thing look like a new house.

Definitely replace it.Fixing that would be like putting perfume on a pig,IMO.

Hey poster, there are a lot of great contractors on this forum. Where are you located?

replase ther roof and facial boards…new roof will make the house look even better and your Father will be happy how his son make his house look like new…do the paint too

GRANDPA>>>>>>>

That’s a neat old roof to me and I like the way it looks. Even the mixed up types…just goes with the farmhouse look.

The roof is not leaking, right? so if your happy with it’s looks, I would just clean it (pressure wash) and alpply a new roof coating or paint.

The rotten or split fascia boards need replacing and paint and fix the gutters.

I agree with wildbill.

A metal roof is meant to last a lifetime or two… why replace it now?

I think we are doing a dis-service to the visitors to this site when all we do is tell everyone to replace it, replace it, replace it. I know we are all contractors, but that doesn’t mean that replace it is the fix-all answer.

If that roof is not leaking, it could probably be serviced and maintained, as we all preach about in here.

Man, some of this advice is despicable. :frowning:

[quote=“wildbill100”]That’s a neat old roof to me and I like the way it looks. Even the mixed up types…just goes with the farmhouse look.

The roof is not leaking, right? so if your happy with it’s looks, I would just clean it (pressure wash) and alpply a new roof coating or paint.

The rotten or split fascia boards need replacing and paint and fix the gutters.[/quote]

He’s right.

Being told to leave an old rusted roof on…damn good advice…yep your rite AaronB…despicable. :roll:

If you are looking to add value to the home,replace the roof. If I were a prospective buyer I would not want that ugly roof. :expressionless:

Hey, Kage, did you know that there are systems/treatments/technologies available to deal with such issues? I bet you didn’t, otherwise you wouldn’t say things like you just did.

It’s ok, kage… you don’t know what you don’t know, so “replace it” should probably be the best advice you have…

Thats as bad as saying “throw some gum on it and call it good” yup pretty good technology… :roll:

i guess you would use wood filler for the facia…eh??

If you notice the standing seam has a barn tin capping more then likely has lead head nails in it to boot.In this area i can replace it cheaper then restoring it and have a much nicer looking roof.There are products ive used to restore old metal roofs but they have to be worth it,a lot of the systems are not any cheaper then that v crimp.To make a realistic estimate you would need to go out to the roof and do a proper inspection.Aaron how much money do you think they should spend on this roof before they consider replacing it

Also in the first picture the roof appears to be standing seam at the eave with no lock strip or eave metal just loose sheet laying on the deck,not a very desirable detail in hurricane prone area as the whole roof will come off in one piece and water will destroy everything you own.I would replace the roof if it were my house,i doubt the fastners are still gripping the roof deck.We also find that the orignal decking nails are loose or rotten when removing these old tin roofs.We also have a lot of old cypress decks which last forever but is a very soft wood.Why spend a bunch of money on restoration when you end up with a new roof on substandard deck or a restored roof that has no wind restitance?