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The Process of Installing a Metal Roof

When it comes to installing a new roof, many individuals are looking to install metal roofs, whether it is on their home or commercial building. Metal roofs have a much longer shelf life than most roofing materials, and unlike most shingle materials, such as fiberglass and wood, they do not dry out, split, or begin to flake. Most metal roofs can last 60 years before any replacement is necessary. They are also leak resistant, fire retardant, and environmentally friendly. Lastly, many people install metal roofs because they can actually reduce monthly utility bills. Installing metal roofs are quite easy and very quick. Unlike other roofing options, metal roofs are not as labor intensive and come bundled in multi-shingle panels.

There are actually a large variety of possible metal roofing materials, offering individuals a range of choices. Such options include tin, galvanized steel, galvalume, aluminum, and copper. Each type of metal comes with its associated benefits. Because of the number of options, the process for installing a metal roof may vary. With that being said, a majority of metal roof installations necessitate the utilization of a standard use nail gun or hammer, a tool to cut the metal, extension ladder, measuring tape, work gloves, chalk line, and possibly clips and screws depending on what fasteners are required given the metal material selected. The most commonly used panels are individual overlapping tiles, flat lock panels, or panels that look like Spanish tiles. When one thinks of metal roofing, they think of metal colors; however, metal roofing can come in a number of colors. They are also built with ultraviolet protectors to avoid color fade throughout the years of use.

Often times, metal roofs are installed right on top of a pre-existing roof or the old shingles are first removed. Any roofing shovel or even a pitch fork can be instrumental in removing old shingles. When installing the metal roof, do not forget about ventilation as this is important. Condensation can form along the underside of the roof if there is no ventilation. This will cause the onset of rust. Ventilation will also increase the energy efficient of the home or commercial building. Prior to installing the metal roof, most individuals first install insulation to reduce the level of noise.

Once a roof is prepared for the installation and measured properly, the first step in the process is to place on all edging pieces. Then the first panel can be attached. Some metal panels attach via batten boards while other attach right to plywood, which is covering the top of the roof, and other panels lock right together. Make sure when installing the panels, each one has enough room to expand as well as contract. Each panel needs to overlap the previous panel until the roof’s peak is reached. Some panels may need to be cut in a specific manner to fit into the ridge.

Always be careful when installing metal roofs. There are a number of sharp edges. As well, read up on all installation techniques. If not installed properly, it will cause leaks, warping, and a number of other problems.

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