2 Mistakes To Avoid When Attempting To Install Metal Roofing Panels

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If a section of your home's metal roof is in need of replacement, you may decide that you can save some money by installing the new panels yourself. However, if you make either of the following mistakes while doing the job, you could end up with water leaking into your home.

1.  Neglecting to Sufficiently Overlap the Panels

One mistake to avoid when trying to install your own roofing panels is neglecting to buy or cut a size that allows for the proper overlap of the seams. As part of their ability to block water, the metal roofing panels must overlap according to their particular manufacturer's instructions.

If you do not overlap the panels enough, there will not be sufficient metal with which to secure the panels. On the other hand, if you overlap too much, it can create a groove into which water and other debris can collect and settle. Either way, improperly overlapping the panels can result in water leakage.

As you prepare and lay each panel, make sure you measure precisely how much extra metal is present for the seams. This will help you ensure that you have the recommended amount.

2.  Using Roofing Nails or Ordinary Screws to Secure the Panels

Another mistake you want to keep from making when attempting to install metal roofing panels is using the wrong fasteners. You do not want to use either roofing nails or ordinary screws for the job.

If you use roofing nails, they will not be unable to fully secure the metal pieces together, resulting in pieces becoming detached over time. The nails will also puncture unsealed holes in the panels that allow water to leak in around the heads.

As far as ordinary screws, the same problem with water leakage can occur. While the coils of the screws can keep the metal secure, the areas immediately around the heads are not sealed to prevent water seeping through the panels.

Make sure that you use screws that are specifically designed for metal roofs. These types of screws have washers that seal the areas around the heads to prevent water leakage.

Attempting to install metal roofing panels by yourself can be tricky, and if you make a mistake, you could end up with a leaky roof. Instead of trying to put on your own roof, consider contacting a contractor like Pacific Sheet Metal who offers metal roof installation to discuss your options for having them do the job for you.


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