While it is relatively easy to perform a metal roof installation, homeowners should hire a qualified contractor for the job. The money saved with a DIY metal roof installation is easily trumped by the cost of repairing damage caused by a poor install.
Hiring a qualified roofer for your metal roof installation also guarantees that the warranty associated with the metal roof you choose will be valid, and that any necessary repairs will be taken care of. Roofing contractors also know how to work on a roof safely, and will already own the necessary tools to get the job done.
Choosing the Right Metal Roof For Your Home
There are many different types and styles of metal roofing. An experienced contractor will be familiar with the options for your metal roof installation and can help answer your questions:
- Should I choose vertical panels, standing seam or shingles? What are the differences?
- What gauge of metal roof is appropriate for my budget and for my local climate?
- What material should my metal roof be made of?
- What are the colour and coating options? Which is best suited for my climate and my aesthetic?
Basics Steps of How To Install a Metal Roof
Performing a metal roof installation properly takes experience and know how, especially when dealing with complicated roofs. Often the metal will need to be trimmed or bent to fit just right, and installing the vents can be tricky. However, these are the basic steps that go into a metal roof installation.
- Determine the roof pitch, which will help determine the type of metal roofing to be used
- Purchase roof covering
- Remove old roofing if necessary, considering the type of metal roof, local building codes and the weight constraints of the home
- Repair the roof bed if needed
- Install the underlayment
- Install the eave edging
- Install metal roof covering according to manufacturer instructions
- Add flashing around all joints of the roof
- Clean up any debris