Latest Discussions : Roofing & Siding

NicoBearCub

04:07PM | 04/25/04
Member Since: 02/08/04
16 lifetime posts
I have been trying to research this product for over a week now. I have seen good things, and then hints of bad things, but nothing SPECIFIC about why it might not be a wise choice. Does anyone have any experience with it?

Thanks!

pgriz

07:25AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 01/21/03
66 lifetime posts
Other than the fact that it looks ugly, and falls apart within ten years, there's nothing wrong with it. I've seen several in my area, and they all seem to be replaced after about five years. This product came up in discussion on a roofers' board, and not one person had anything positive to say about it. But you can always prove us wrong.

pgriz

03:08PM | 05/10/04
Member Since: 01/21/03
66 lifetime posts
Hi K2, haven't been posting much because there is too much to do (roofing-wise), and while posting is good for the ego, it's useless for paying the bills! Also, many of the jobs we seem to be getting involved in these days seem to be complicated and require complete roof rebuilds. These are complex to estimate, and complex to carry out. So, I post when I can...

JoeThom

03:58PM | 12/21/11
Member Since: 12/21/11
6 lifetime posts
I don't have any experience with it, but your at the right place, I'm sure someone here will give you some good advice. My sister just got Ondura and she said she liked it. I think she had some San Jose roofing contractors install it for her. She said her roof was leaking badly and she couldn't take it anymore.

Peter H.

02:11PM | 05/07/12
Member Since: 04/26/12
13 lifetime posts
I wouldn't use Ondura on your house. I haven't heard many good things about it. I would talk to an Indianapolis Roofing Contractor first before doing anything else. Anytime you can talk to an expert in the field is always a good thing in my opinion.

golanboybama

12:00AM | 10/22/12
Member Since: 10/21/12
1 lifetime posts
I just got my order in of Ondura Spanish Tile, Monday.Now it took two months to get here and I paid when I ordered .I only called once to my local store to ask when it was to be here .So Monday I was ready get it and put it on my roof.But I was short 5 feet of roofing cap not to say it wasn't Spanish Tile .You would think not a big thing right ? Wrong !The argument began ,or for them as to it was not ordered right.All I wanted was to exchange the wrong roofing cap for the right one and if I had to pay more fine I mean after all they had my money for 2 months already .I was talking to a manager ,I've never seen such a thing like this .I sent the order back I could not finish it with out all the cap.Oh the manager ask me if I could cut what I had to look like spanish tile I said yeah but still do not have enough .Hope this helps.

BV001454

06:19PM | 07/01/13
Its crap easy to install but its junk and forget the warranty if you do the installing. And the dealers are no help at all have had nothing but trouble with this stuff. We had a hail storm and it punched holes and dents all through it our neighbors had no problems with there roofs and they have slate, asphalt shingles and tin roofing.

BV001483

05:26PM | 07/05/13
I agree with the reviews that say it lasts about 10 years (though I'm pretty sure Ondura claims it lasts longer). We put it on our home in 2001 and the edges are curled and it desperately needs paint. The house is two story and the roof has a 10 in 12 pitch, so painting it will be no easy task. We live in California, so we had trouble getting it as well. Guess we should have done our homework first. I certainly do NOT recommend it.

The people who like it haven't had it long enough to know the truth.

practicing architect

02:21PM | 07/12/13
Member Since: 07/12/13
1 lifetime posts
I am a practicing architect. I installed Ondura in my home about 10 years ago and still looks as NEW. My roof is a low slope, 2' at 12' but was properly installed, special nails, overlaps, etc.
It is red and visually looks like clay tile'
EEF

BV001554

02:03PM | 07/13/13
I've had Ondura on my 1800 sq.ft. house for about 6 years now and would buy it again, but would use screws instead of nails and have the guys put more attention to small details on install. Install fairly easy except the valleys. Cross cutting layers of corrugation to make a tight fit can be tricky. I cut mine into smaller sections to look like barrel tile, looks GREAT. Only issues is a handful of nails work their way up every couple years. Top nails with Grommet re-hammer a couple here and there every year, but first row of nails under the tile have lately been pushing up thru the Ondura causing a valley leak in tile. Just looked and see a lot of leaks slowly developing from this. Thinking to spray a couple layers of elastomeric paint and top coat with couple layers of 100% acrylic paint to match original color. I think it would then be a very, very long lasting roof.. that looks great.
I also posted this here -> http://www.chesapeakecrafts.com/ondura_review.php

BV001554

02:11PM | 07/13/13
I would also note that Ondura maybe not be best choice for under trees as it can become twice yearly job to keep clean; it holds tree junk fair well. Piles of tree junk can cause water to back up a little under some tiles in heavy rain...

BV001693

12:16PM | 07/29/13
I have had Ondura roofing for 10 years and it is terrible, the ridge line has completely broken up and the panels are deteriorated. When I contacted ondura they said I should have painted the roof after 8-10 years this I was never informed of but I guess I should have investigated it more fully. Of course they ignore any more communications with me. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS JUNK.

BV001852

05:35PM | 08/18/13
I have Ondura on three homes now and have had no issues at all after 8 years still looks like it did when I put it on. I think you might find that most of the horror stories are from when the product was first marketed, it suffered from several issues. The manufacturing process have changed and the product has matured and those issues are now gone. I got nothing but good things to say about it... In fact I an heading to Home Depot to buy 44 more sheets to re-roof my garage tomorrow..

BV002278

08:55PM | 10/08/13
I just installed it last weekend on my garage. It went up easy, looks great and i believe the warrants said lifetime? i could be wrong. its handled our first canadian hailstorm this week so i hope it keeps going strong
Northern Ontario Canada

BV002280

10:03AM | 10/09/13
I am dealing with Ondura my husband put on a greenhouse shed he remodeled for me and I'm not sure I like it anymore. It appears to need paint badly and our chimney sweep didn't know to use plywood to walk on it, so he punched a hole in it. I am considering patching a scrap piece for that area, will that work?

BV004631

03:26PM | 06/10/14
We put ours on 9 years ago and it still looks good. We just had our first big (golf-ball-size) hail storm and it did punch about 10 holes in the ondura. It's an easy fix with some silicone, but still something you don't deal with when using asphalt shingles. You can't walk on it on very hot days or it will crush, but it's very strong and stiff below 70 degrees. The nails can get loose after about 5 years. I put some clear silicone on them and gently hammered them back down. We've had some terrible storms and the roof has held together very well, so I'm going to use it on our next house, too. We have a steep roof, probably 10/12 pitch. Maybe that helps keep water and debris from sitting there and damaging the roof?

BV005536

01:18PM | 09/01/14
I used Ondura on the roof of my deer hunting blind and my beagle pens. Great for that but would not put it on my house. Not durable enough. Can easily get holes in it from small limbs falling.

BV005616

09:29PM | 09/07/14
I put it on two rentals ten years ago in Missouri and its been thru two awful ice storms. One sent a tree trunk thru it. It was reap aired n still looks great.

BV007088

11:31AM | 02/24/15
I have it on my home and cottage and so far it is great. the places i have ondura i have no leaking or ice daming all my tile roof have ice and leaking. I have only had it 2 winters but so far it is the best roof ever.

Ted

BV008231

09:39AM | 07/01/15
I have had it on my roof for 30 yrs (old name was Onduline).
8/12 pitch in VT away from trees.
the paint failed after 9 yrs, they sent new paint for free,No comp for labor and a note saying no further warranty coverage would be provided.
That lasted another 10, I am in the process of resealing now as it started to leak a few yrs ago.
That warranty is only good if you keep the paint well maintained.
without paint it erodes rapidly and will NOT be covered.
In my opinion a painted galv.steel roof would be easier to maintain and last at least as long.
KF

BV008361

11:20PM | 07/15/15
I bought a house in Cincinnati in 2006 that had Ondura on the roof. I sold the home in 2014. According to my neighbor who knew the previous owner who installed the roof himself, the roof was already about 4 years old when I bought the home. In 2014 prior to selling my house I had two panels replaced and all the screws inspected. A lot of the screws looked like they needed to be re-caulked. My boyfriend replaced the 2-3 panels that looked a little worn. These were panels around a skylight that had leaked on and off so there had been a lot of foot traffic on those panels over the years. My boyfriend weights about 260 so those few panels took a beating. All in all I was very pleased with this roof. Considering the low cost to completely re-roof and the fact you can easily do it yourself I think this roof is a great value! Mine was red so from a distance it sorta looked like tile. Didn't look bad. Also, my boyfriend completely re-roofed the detached garage. He just put the panels right over the shingles according to the directions from Onduras website. Of course you're going to see nothing but negative comments about this roofing on a "roofing forum". I doubt roofers like the idea of homeowners being able to re-place their own roof at a fraction of the price in one weekend. Just my opinion. I would definitely consider having this roof again.

BV008475

11:12PM | 07/27/15
Just finished replacing Ondura roofs on two 14 year old barns - ridges had rotted out, panels were getting weak
and small branches (about 1 - 1 1/2 inches) had fallen like spears thru the roofing in several places. The new roofs are metal - wish that I had put metal on in the first place - I will not use Ondura in the future & will want to deduct the cost of a new roof from any property with an Ondura roof that I consider buying in the future.

bullheimer

08:15PM | 11/19/15
Member Since: 11/19/15
1 lifetime posts
GARBAGE STAY AWAY! ABSOULTE JUNK. RUFKM?? PAINT THIS STUFF EVERY FIVE YEARS FOR WARRANTY TO BE GOOD? NO! NO LIFETIME WARRANTY! WHO CAN PAINT THEIR ROOF? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BUY A PRODUCT YOU HAVE TO PAINT ALL THE TIME? CLEAN MOSS? CAN'T PRESSURE WASH! CAN'T WALK ON IT IF IT'S OVER 80! MAYBE EVEN 70! MINE IS TEN YEARS OLD AND IT IS CRACKING EVERYWHERE! SOUTH FACING SIDE IS LEAKING! I HAVE NAILS IN EVERY COURSE!! THE NAILS COST ME TWICE AS MUCH AS THE ROOFING MATERIAL. THIS CRAP IS JUNK! ABSOLUTE GARBAGE! ANYBODY THAT SAYS IT ISNT IS A GD RETARD! I AM A CONTRACTOR, DO NOT BUY, DO NOT USE, DO NOT BELIEVE ANY IDIOT THAT RECOMMENDS THIS C R A P! SERIOUSLY! PAINT THE ROOF? REALLY? I HAVE A TWO STORY HOUSE WITH A 45 DEGREE PITCH, ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MINDS? I LIVE IN WASHINGTON, THERE IS MOLD EVERYWHERE! YOU CANT BLOW THIS STUFF OFF W/O A PRESSURE WASHER AND YOU CANT PRESSURE WASH OR YOU VOID THE WARRANTY. LIFETIME GUARANTEE NOT TRANSFERABLE! THIS STUFF IS SUCH CRAP I CAN'T BELIEVE THERE ISN'T A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST THEM AND LOWES BOTH. THIS STUFF CAN'T EVEN BE CALLED ROOFING MATERIAL IN MY BOOK! I HAVE A CHIMENY, HOW IS ANYBODY SUPPOSED TO GO UP AND SWEEP IT IF YOU CAN'T WALK ON THIS CRAP! I WOULD LIKE TO FIND THE PRESIDENT OF ONDURA IN A DARK ALLEY SO I COULD SHOVE MY FOOT RIGHT UP HIS HAPPY HOLE!

Cloudy

06:05PM | 12/17/15
Member Since: 12/17/15
1 lifetime posts
At Lowes you will find "do it yourself" installation directions for Ondura roofing. If you follow the directions, a warranty should be valid. Your warranty is the company sending you another sheet of Ondura. If you walk on the roof after installation to sweep off leaves, the Ondura breaks away from the special nail fastner. Every place you walk now starts leaking. You have to caulk all the fasteners where you walk. Squirrels eat holes in the Ondura. Even small limbs punch holes in the Ondura. My husband and I are retired living on a fixed income. We bought Ondura because it advertised a lifetime warranty. We thought that because of our fixed income that a lifetime warranty was the best route. This was the worst mistake we could have ever made. Now we are saving as best we can to buy roofing to replace the Ondura. Every time it rains we have to check our ceilings to see where the latest leak is. It is a horrible product that should be taken off the market. In a few years all the people who have posted positive comments about this product will regret their choice of Ondura for their roof.

BV011028

03:18PM | 03/25/16
replaced this on our cottage in northern NY about 10 years ago.. the color (red) still is as nice as it was when installed. easy to put up and i would install again.

BV011205

06:04PM | 04/09/16
I bought a house six years ago and had a contractor install Ondura over the existing roof. I had them seal under every overlay with roofing tar and got the spray to go over the Ondura nails, their nails are expensive, but like others have said, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! I fired two contractors for not following the instructions before I got someone that would. About a year after the roof was done right we had a tornado come right by the house. I am a single father and had my children bunkered down and we had windows that got blown in, two trees fell, and plenty of damage. After the tornado passed and I went to check things out I fully expected to find the roof missing. Much to my surprise it had held up to the storm. The only thing that I had to do was have a lot of the nails nailed back down. I should have had the nails recoated with the spray at that time but I didn't think of it. I had two small leaks a couple months later but after going back and redoing that I haven't had any issues. The only thing that I would have done differently is to use screws. I learned early on to not trust most contractors and to not take any crap off of them. They often have felons that are either alcoholics, drug addicts, and/or illegal workers. I live in Alabama so maybe it's worse here than some other places? If you do have to fire them, do what I did, give them the option to leave peacefully or to get a load of lead in their rears. They love to blame everything but their own ways.

BV011472

10:53PM | 04/30/16
Odd how many call it crap. We have it on our house, and out buildings. 15 years and going. No leaks, the only way would be poorly installed. We are now roofing our pole barn with it. It looks like the day we installed it.Easy to install.I would like to know if it was installed in a harsh environment? I'm in Mid Michigan. I see no way it will leak if installed properly. It lasted for me.

BV012206

08:31PM | 07/11/16
I have had an Ondura roof on my log home for 16 years. The roofing I'd disinigrating in the valleys to the point that it is starting to leak in different spots. It looked great for years but is now looking shabby. I contacted Ondura, sent about 50 photos, advised them that my builder installed the roof according to specs and that the tech rep in this area inspected the roof as it was being installed and gave my builder his approval. The Ondura customer service notified me that it was installed improperly and would not help me with the detestation problem pretty much washing their hands of the complaint. I was happy with the roofing until it started to degrade and loose its color.

BV014748

10:46AM | 09/20/17
https://ondura.com/index.shtml
I like the look and put it on a garage in Iowa. It still looks great after 7 years and have not experienced any problems. Now in Utah it is very hard to find someone to install it on my log home. It appears to be a lot less expensive then traditional shingles. But labor cost maybe high.

BV016495

05:51PM | 05/31/18
Good stuff. Have used it in two applications.

BV016906

03:33PM | 07/18/18
I put Ondura on my house roof, over two layers of shingles, 20+ years ago. I've had three hurricanes and countless numbers of bad storms, with my yard being flooded with 6-20 inches of water from rain only and never lost a sheet of material. I will have to paint it this year for the first time. I've had 3 leaks over those years which were the result of my poor installation, not the product. I personally think it's a great product and recommend it completely.

BV017476

04:36PM | 09/22/18
I Love this product. I installed the roof on my barn in 1996 with it. 4 tropical storms, 1 hurricane (Isabel) and 3 blizzard's, heavy snowfall (3' two times). I did have to go back and seal over the nails after the heavy snow fall. You can work on the roof, just use plywood to spread out your weight. I am replacing the roof this weekend with Ondura Again!!!! Follow Ondura's directions for installation!

BV018593

11:35AM | 02/04/19
We need to file class action law suit Ondura they claim sheets need to be covered repainted every ten years
However, on my sheets issue starts from underneath. It peels off

BV018771

11:17PM | 02/26/19
We have had are ondura roof down for 12 years. We haven't had any problems. It's not leaked and is easy to put down.

BV018771

11:18PM | 02/26/19
We have had are ondura roof down for 12 years. We haven't had any problems. It's not leaked and is easy to put down.

BV018952

01:17PM | 03/24/19
I been told that painting over ondura panels makes it last longer

BV019034

08:58PM | 04/06/19
I used ondura on my shed 10 yrs ago with no maintenance. It was easy to install and for the price worked well. Hindsight, I would have maybe done shingles, but I think the product is fine.


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