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A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Metal Roofing
This entry was posted on August 6, 2019.
Metal roofing is widely popular for its style and durability and can be used in various types of metal including stainless steel and mild steel. They are available in a variety of textures, styles, and colours, making your house look more beautiful. So, if you are planning to install one right away, here are a few steps to follow:
There are essentially two parts involved in metal roof installation.
1. Readying the roof 2. Installing the roof
Readying the roof
This involves six steps that ultimately help to install the metal roof.
Start by measuring the area of the roof. First, measure it from the ground. This gives you an approximate idea of the area of the metal sheet you will need. Sloping roofs are hard to climb. So, don’t take that risk. Also, measure the slop so that it gives the accurate surface area of the roof.
Collect the following materials:
• Drill and drill bits • Metal roofing screws • Self-sealing wood screws • Self drill • 1.25-inch roofing nails • Staple gun • Power metal shear • Garbage can
Keep the work area organized. Do not keep screws and nails here and there. Have a box for each. Don’t keep electric drills switched on. Also, keep the garbage can handy so that you can throw anything you want while working.
Many corrugated metal roofing allows you to install it over the existing roof; you may also remove the old roof if you don’t want it anymore. Start by taking out the vents, boots, shingles, and flashing. Remove all the unwanted nails. Re-position the gutters if they are in the wrong place. Try to remove the old roof on a sunny day.
Fix any damages that you see on the roof. Cracks and dents are usually common. Fix them as soon as you see them.
Add an insulation layer so that it traps moisture between the sheathing and the metal roof. Secure the roofing felt using a staple gun.
Installing the roof
This involves another four steps.
Start by installing the edges. Use the 1.25-inch nails to secure the metal strips on the flashing. This will overlap the edges and won’t allow water to seep inside.
This is the most critical step. Take the metal panels one by one and place them on the roof. Start from the highest peak so that you don’t have to work at significant heights for a long time. The metal roof should hang at least by 0.75 inches on the edge.
Add metal trims on all the sides to secure the metal sheets. They look like eave flashing. However, you need to place them at the joints. So, there should be at least five flashing's connecting all the corners and sides together.
Give the finishing touch by checking all the screws and nails. Collect all the spare nails, metals, and screws from the site and keep them away.
Your new metal roof is ready for use. Since they last for decades, you don’t need to think about replacing it soon.