Many are now turning to metal roofing choices because of the long-lasting nature of the material. Below is a summary of how a metal roof is installed.
The metal roofing installation process typically involves the following steps:
Preparation: The roof surface is inspected and prepared, including ensuring that the existing roof is in good condition and properly ventilated.
Measuring and ordering materials: The roof is measured to determine the number of metal roofing panels and other materials needed. These materials are ordered and delivered to the job site.
Removing old roofing: If there is an existing roof, it must be removed to create a clean surface for the metal roofing panels.
Installing underlayment: Underlayment is installed on the roof surface to provide an additional layer of protection and insulation. The primary purpose of an underlayment is to protect against water infiltration and to help prolong the life of the roof. The underlayment is typically made of asphalt-saturated felt, although synthetic materials are also used.
Installing metal panels: Metal panels are then installed on the roof, typically starting at the eaves and working upward. These panels are secured with screws or clips.
Installing trim and accessories: Trim and other accessories, such as flashing and gutters, are installed to provide a finished look and protect the roof from water damage. Some common types of metal roof trim include:
- A ridge cap is installed at the peak of a metal roof to cover the joint between two metal panels and provide a waterproof seal.
- Eave trim is installed at the bottom edge of a metal roof to provide a finished look and protect the roof from water damage.
- Valley trim is used to cover and protect the area where two roof slopes meet, such as in a gabled roof.
- Gable trim is installed at the ends of a roof to provide a finished look and protect the roof from water damage.
- Flashing is a type of metal trim that is used to cover and protect roof openings, such as vents, chimneys, and skylights.
Finishing touches: Finally, any necessary finishing touches are made, including inspecting the roof for any leaks or other issues.
It is important to work with a professional roofing contractor who has experience with metal roofing and can ensure that the roof is properly installed and sealed. Reach out to a roofer in your area to learn more about metal roofing.