Learn more about common mistakes made when installing metal roofs.
Metal roofs are a great option for many homeowners, but only if they are properly installed. Many contractors make easily avoidable mistakes because they either know no better or because they are deliberately cutting corners. To help you prevent your home from becoming a cautionary tale, we’ve assembled this list of common mistakes you should make sure your contractor avoids.
Flashing is the transitional material used to connect roofing material to “non-roofing” material like vents, chimneys, and skylights. These seams must be completely sealed to prevent damaging leaks and moisture buildup.
The underlayment is the second line of defense against roofing leaks. Metal roofs should have a smooth, non-granulated underlayment. This protects the underside of the roofing panels.
Damaged Roof Structure
A metal roof will expand and contract with the weather, so it’s only as good as the base it sits on. Your roofing contractor should check for dry rot and signs of water damage on the roof deck before installing a metal roof. Otherwise, the roof will break loose or create gaps for moisture as it expands and contracts.
Some contractors prefer to install metal roofs over existing shingles, as it’s an easy installation process. However, some home insurance policies forbid this and won’t cover the roof if it occurs. Make sure you check with your insurer before having any roof work done. You should also check with a structural engineer to ensure that your home or building can bear the added weight of a metal roof on top of another roofing material.
Voiding the Warranty
If your roof isn’t properly installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the manufacturer has every right to void the warranty when something goes wrong. Make sure you and the contractor read through the warranty and understand it. This can help you save thousands in repair costs later.
Avoid Mistakes – Hire Us!
At MEIS Roofing & Construction, we know metal roofs inside and out. We’ll be sure to install your roof the right way. Call us today to get started!