Insuring a Quality Installation
Property owners purchase metal roofing for its long life, freedom from maintenance, and energy efficiency. Satisfied customers quickly see the “proof in the pudding” and go on to spread the word of metal roofing’s many benefits. However, the craftsmanship of an installer is always crucial. Companies with trained, experienced installers will lead the industry in upholding the reputation of metal roofing.
Metal roofing has a wide range of product styles. Choosing a product requires careful examination and thought. Many products may appear physically similar, but vary drastically in energy efficiency, thickness, coating type, benefits, and installation procedure. One product may be appropriate for one application but not for another. Installers who adhere to manufacturers’ recommended installation practices for each individual metal roofing system will have much more success than those who don’t. Being trained in the manufacturer’s installation procedures for each type of metal roof system is usually necessary to ensure a quality installation. Additionally, installation methods must adhere to local and national building codes. While this all can add to installation time, it is for the best. Short cuts only lead to problems. The many factors involved in completing a quality metal roof installation are sometimes not immediately understood because of the way accessories overlap. Scratches, dents, raw edges, and keeping courses and panels straight should be addressed for the best look possible. Uniformity over the full roof is essential on accessory exposure. This includes straight hip caps, even valley ends on the dormers, uniform sidewall ends, straight gable flashings, uniform panel stagger, and matching paint on vent pipes. Little things can make big difference in project beauty and performance.
There is the best chance for success when a trained, experienced installer does the work. Some manufacturers have a list of installers with good track records. One thing to remember: roofing is hard work. Factors such as heat, cold, rain, snow, liability, risk, and standing at an angle all day all deserve consideration when paying installers. Consumers are encouraged to check into the installers’ references and talk with past customers.