Metal Roofing Installation – The Basics
The method of metal roofing installation starts well in advance of laying the first brick or opening the bundle to remove your first roof shingle. It’s important that you begin the procedure by making things safe for your metal roofing installation and only then going on to the next steps like taking measurements of your roof, choosing the style and type of roofing panels you’ll be installing, and fixing the underlayment of your roof.
Once this is done, you will proceed to the next step which is assembling the various tools and buying roofing material that will be needed for the metal roofing installation. After all these preparations are complete, the real work of installing your metal roofing system starts in earnest. We’ll discuss this process of metal roofing installation and also analyze some popular and special installation techniques which are unique from other commonly employed methods.
We will however not be talking much about areas like metal roofing installation on a roof with chimneys or skylights. The reason is because these are often jobs requiring professional guidance, which places it out of the realm of interest of most do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Professionals already know most of this stuff, so repeating it doesn’t seem worthwhile!
Do It Yourself Metal Roofing Installation
We need to necessarily make a few extrapolations and assume some factors about the roof that you intend to install. Gable roofs on a home building are the most popular kind, and will form the basis of this analysis. But these methods are not unique to gable roofs, and with some modifications they can be tailored to match any other form of roofing.
One of the first things to do is install a drip edge. It can seem challenging and difficult to a beginner, though experienced roofers won’t bat an eyelid at it. Existing drip edges and material that is rotten needs to be replaced before a new roof can go up. It is a good idea to begin placing your drip edge under or over the underlayment. Either approach has its own supporters and detractors. There are benefits common to both, however. Reducing the risk of damp and moisture seeping through after heavy rains as well as other safety considerations become paramount. If the size of your drip edge is larger than your roof itself, then it can be a difficult task to later trim it down to size.
Eventually, there is little if any difference in performance with either approach. Metal roofing installations keep water from seeping through. But there is still a potential danger from condensation seeping through to the underlayment. If and when rainwater manages to find a way through your roof, you’ll have a major problem on your hands.