Metal roofs are an excellent investment for any home. Metal roofs are known for durability, energy efficiency, and long lifespan. A metal roof is a perfect choice if you're considering replacing your home's asphalt shingle roof.
If you aren't familiar with residential metal roofs, here's some information about their benefits and installation process:
Benefits of Metal Residential Roofs
Residential metal roofs have many benefits. One of the most important is that metal roofs last almost twice as long as those made of asphalt shingles.
Other benefits include:
- attractive appearance
- fire, storm, and wind resistant
Energy efficiency is another significant benefit of metal roofs. Metal reflects the sun's rays, which can help reduce summer cooling costs. This makes metal roofs an environmentally friendly choice, as they can help to reduce your carbon footprint!
The Residential Metal Roof Installation Process
The process of installing a metal roof is generally similar to the process of installing other types of roofs. First, the old roofing material will be removed. Your existing asphalt shingle roof must be stripped away before the new metal roof is installed.
Next, the roof deck (the layer of plywood that provides a base for the roofing material) will need to be inspected and repaired if necessary. Any damaged or rotted wood must be removed and replaced with new plywood.
Once the roof deck is ready, the metal roofing panels are installed. The panels are attached to the roof using special anchor screws, which hold the panels in place while allowing for expansion and contraction due to temperature changes without letting water leak under the metal panels.
The metal roofing panels are installed in sections, starting at the bottom of the roof and working upward towards the roof ridge. The panels are overlapped to create a watertight seal. The edges of each panel are sealed with a specialized adhesive to further prevent leaks.
After the panels are installed, any necessary flashing (metal strips used to seal around vents, chimneys, and other protrusions) will be installed. Flashing is used to ensure that water cannot get behind the metal panels and cause damage to the roof deck or interior of your house.
Finally, your roofing contractor inspects the roof, and any necessary touch-ups or repairs will be made. You should expect the entire process of installing a metal roof to take several days to a week, depending on the size and complexity of your home's roof.
For more information, contact a residential roofing contractor in your area.