Many homeowners are choosing metal roofing due to its appeal, longevity, cost-effectiveness and sustainability. Currently one of today’s most energy-efficient options, metal roofs can help you save on your heating and cooling costs. However, this material should be installed correctly by a skilled roofer for you to enjoy its benefits.
Here’s what makes a good metal roof installation.
Systems with metal panels connected by double folds require more waterproofing than metal seams with only lapped seams. Lapped seams depend on sealant to provide waterproofing, which can be harder in high-movement areas. In these systems, roofers overlap the panels with a minimum of one full corrugation and join them with manufacturer-recommended fasteners at required spacing intervals.
Meanwhile, in double-fold systems, the side panel connection is finished with a seaming machine that field forms a standing lock seam. The panels are connected at the seams with a 180-degree single-seam lock or 360-degree double-seam lock. Moreover, the sealant is applied at the seams during manufacturing.
The waterproofing capabilities of a metal roof is limited in low-slope applications. Keep in mind that water is one of the worst enemies of your roof. Ponding water can quickly penetrate openings at fastener points, seams and fixtures. Metal roofing systems perform best in steep-slope applications. A roof repair or installation expert can help determine if metal is the best option for your existing roof.
Hiring the Right Contractor
The success of your roofing project hugely depends on your contractor’s skills and knowledge of installation requirements. Their experience level in field applications can also affect the outcome of your roof replacement. Before hiring a contractor, do your research and make sure they specialize in metal roof installation.
For your roofing and gutter installation needs, turn to Patriot Roofing LLC. Call us at (405) 996-6787 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with homeowners in Midwest City, OK.