As the popularity of metal roofing increases, building owners need to know more about metal roof installation. Metal roofs have become popular because of their ease of installation, durability, versatility, and long-lasting efficiency. What are the basics that everyone should know about installing a metal roof?
What You Need to Know First
Before starting your metal roof installation, it is important to make sure that you have the right materials and an accurate measurement of your roof. If you are working with a contractor, be sure to give them the correct dimensions of the slope of the roof and the area. Always calculate an extra ten percent in roofing materials just in case since there may be an excess waste after installation. If you are calculating the information yourself, be sure that you have the right measurements.
Choose Your Materials
There are many different types of metal roofing options. You can opt for single seam, shingles, different types of metal, and colors. If you are working with a professional contractor, talk about your many options. There are benefits to each different style and type.
Installing a metal roof is often as simple as placing the new roof over the old roof. However, there might be some structural issues if you install over an older roof. Some of these issues can be repaired. Also look for any damage to the sheathing, ventilation, or insulation.
Whether you decide to take off the old roof shingles or leave the roof in place, make sure that you install the roof during a time when the weather is sunny and dry. Avoid installing the roof when there is a lot of precipitation, snow, or rain, as this will make installation difficult and could cause structural damage due to moisture.
It is important to install the insulation first, then add the metal panels. You want to start with the longest peak to the eave point. Be sure to add the panels correctly, being careful of adding in the fasteners and screws. Adding the flashing is placed over the joints. Be sure that the panels overlap according to the recommendations. When the entire roof is covered, add the sealant.
Installing a metal roof can be an intense project for the inexperienced do-it-yourself homeowner. If you need additional information, be sure to contact a local professional. Discuss your needs, budget, and building requirements.