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Old 05-18-2018
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Default Sacrelege! Remove diamondplate roof?

I need to address my diamondplate roof this weekend. I have a large solar array going up there, satellite dish, and probably a few more antennae. All of this needs to be mounted, IMHO, to the actual steel roof. If I remove the diamondplate I could put a "catwalk" down the sides, leaving the center open for mounting stuff.



My diamondplate has about 22 screws that will no longer tighten up and there have been many leaks over the years as evidenced by the many warped ceiling panels I've begun to fix. The right way to fix the leaks is to remove the diamondplate and remount it with rivet nuts and proper sealant, and then make holes in the plate for mounting the other stuff.


Should I ditch the diamond plate roof?
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It leaks and it's in the way of progress. Why do I need to keep it?
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It helps keep the roof cooler in the sun. You don't have to paint under it. If you want some walkways, Sean Dixon removed his and will sell them.
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Diamond plate and goat rails are not to be removed. If you have leaks of course that has to be addressed . I know that some folks have fixed what you are talking about. I believe but don't hold me to it involved backing out the screws and sealing . Possibly a size larger screw. Assuming the screws are the location of the leak. At times these leaks are around air conditions or any number of places. The point at least for me is you do have to locate and repair the leaks which might involve lifting the diamond plate . The diamond plate adds considerable strength to the roof and once the leaks are fixed and the diamond plate secured it such provide a good anchor point for the solar panels . Antennae maybe the goat rails

Good luck leave the diamond plate
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Keep the plating and rails there... for the next owner! You should get some new neoprene rubber strips for under the plating joints. Install 2 inch #14 hex head screws (or even 5/16" x 2" long ones in the loose holes) and seal their threads with butyl rope. There are around 240 screws in the roof plating and goat rails. I sealed all of mine over the course of a year.
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It helps keep the roof cooler in the sun. You don't have to paint under it. If you want some walkways, Sean Dixon removed his and will sell them.

\Dangit Ron!
Your hurting my sales,i have hundreds of feet of the walk boards!


Ha! just kidding,i do have a lot of it,but Sean has no place to keep his.
Go for it Sean!
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Everything else on my roof is new and sealed properly. I wouldn't take the goat rails off. I was thinking about doing using rivnuts and substitute metal spacers for the rubber strips and sealing the bolts in the rivnuts.
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\Dangit Ron!
Your hurting my sales,i have hundreds of feet of the walk boards!

Ha! just kidding,i do have a lot of it,but Sean has no place to keep his.
Go for it Sean!

Are we talking about the ribbed stuff? Like this? Is it aluminum?


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yep,thats what Sean has,and i have some too.
yep,its Aluminum.
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