How to Prepare for Metal Roof Panel Installation
- On February 22, 2022
Every year, more and more people are realizing the incredible benefits of a metal roofing system. With a lifespan of over 50 years, exceptional durability and reliability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance costs, a metal roof is the perfect solution for your residential or commercial property. That said, as with all projects, execution will determine if the metal roof panels live up to their high praises. Before beginning your metal roofing installation, take time to understand the various factors that determine the quality of installation.
Working with experienced metal roofing contractors means that you can have all questions regarding your metal roofing project answered. You can also have the peace of mind that your metal roofing project will be professionally executed and with a high level of care. Below are some tips to prepare for your metal roof installation and what you can expect from a typical project.
Preparing for the Installation of Metal Roof Panels
It is important to take certain preparation steps before your installation begins. These include:
Starting your metal roof panel installation with a clear plan of action that accounts for all variables sets you up for the best results. Key among the things you need to plan on is an appropriate time for the project based on your location. Some of the other considerations your installer will have to make include:
Wind conditions. It is best to install metal roof panels in low-wind conditions to lower the risk of injury or product damage.
Moisture levels. Metal roof panels should be installed when it’s dry outside. This means that there was no dew, ice, rain, or snow recently, as slick surfaces increase the chances of slipping and injury.
Once all the metal roof panels, trims, and other metal roofing supplies have been delivered to your location, the next step is to ensure that everything is present and in good condition. For this, the metal roofing contractors will need to:
- Check the metal roof panels for bending/denting, moisture, wind damage, or any transit abrasion
- Ensure the materials are properly stored, including bundling and stacking the metal roof panels and trim to protect them from damage.
Once everything is set, it is now the responsibility of the metal roofing contractors to:
- Ensure that all materials are present and in perfect condition
- Arrange the materials to prevent damage and improve safety around the site
- Ensure all tools required for metal roof panel installation are available and functioning, including ladders, drills, and scaffolding.
- Ensure safety preparations are in place and that all safety gear is available and in good condition, including eye protection, gloves, and safety boots,
When working on your roof, it is important that your contractors:
- Ensure everything is square and on a level plane and corrected if not.
- Ensure that the integrity of the substrate is not compromised.
Job Site Requirements for Installing Metal Roof Panels
Every job site is different. However, below are some key considerations that will ensure that your new metal roof installation project goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Identify a flat area for vehicle parking, material storage, and a dumpster if needed for your contractors. The installers may need clear access on all sides of the building to position and install panels and trim, depending on the nature of your project.
You will need to provide your metal roofing contractors with a reliable power supply for their cutting and fastening tools. Some contractors may provide a generator for their installers.
Safety should always be the highest priority for everyone involved in the project and around the site. Metal roof panels and trim have sharp edges, so only installers with proper safety gear should handle them.
Installing Metal Panels with Different Building Applications
In general, metal roof installations are the same for most end-use applications though some equipment may vary. However, there are certain caveats to keep in mind depending on the other products or materials in the mix.
Over Asphalt Shingles
Although installing metal roof panels over an existing asphalt shingle roof is possible, placing the metal panels directly over the asphalt shingles should only be done if a underlayment is placed in between the existing shingles and the new metal panel.
It’s best to either remove the asphalt shingles or create a buffer using a furring strip also known as strapping. A 1” by 4” piece of wood can provide clearance between the panels and the asphalt shingles. Strapping is not always needed with metal roofing. It depends on the gauge steel used in the panel, the profile of the panel and your preference. This does increase the cost of the install and is not always necessary. Your roofing specialist can assist you with this decision.
Over Treated Lumber
The proper separator material must be used. For example, a blue skin underlayment that is appropriate for “straight to deck” applications.
Other Considerations for Metal Roof Panel Installation
Depending on the nature, location, and scope of your project, you might also want to look at adding ice stoppers to protect against falling snow and ice if you live in higher than normal snow load areas.
Above everything else, you need to ensure that all local codes and requirements are fully met.
Contact Us for All Your Metal Roofing Needs
A metal roof is a smart investment. However, you also need to make sure that you choose the best roofing system and work with experienced metal roofing contractors. At Ironclad Roofing, our Tuscany metal roof panels are highly durable, lightweight, and dependable while also adding a touch of timeless elegance to your property. We know what it takes to provide and install a metal roof that can last a lifetime.