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Can You Use Standard Ice & Water Barrier Under Metal Roofing?

metal-roof-network-SL-1-steel-panels-black-matteWe received a comment recently on our post, "Will A Metal Roof Make My House Hotter?" asking this very question. It's a good question, and so we turned it into a blog post to share our answer.

can You Use Standard ICe & Water BArrier beneath metal Roofing?

The short answer is probably not. Most manufacturers of fully adhered roofing underlayment, or “ice and water shield,” offer their product in two major categories. These categories are regular and what's known as "high temp.”
I never really thought too much about the difference until a customer of mine had a problem with a black substance oozing out between the metal diamonds on his roof. The problem turned out to be - you've likely guessed it - the ice and water installed by his roof contractor. The contractor had used the was the regular kind and it was literally melting in some of the areas where it was touching the metal diamonds that were directly exposed to the sun for extended periods in the day. The fix was switching to the High Temp version of the same manufacturer’s membrane.
The high-temp versions of ice and water are usually labelled for metal, or high temp, or some other designation indicating their suitability. It’s worth taking the time to make sure that you use the right type under metal.
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