Metal roofing is steadily becoming popular as each year goes by and more and more homeowners are thinking about making the switch from the traditional roofing materials. However, while it’s understandable to want a metal roof, it’s also important that you know how complicated metal roofing installations really are and that you hire only hire experienced roofing contractors. Otherwise, your metal roof may not last as long as you want it to.
In this post, Coxco GC Inc. discusses the four different rookie mistakes that inexperienced contractors make when installing metal roofs.
Forgetting Basic Preparation – Every contractor has to be prepared when it comes to installing metal roofs. To ensure the installation is a success, contractors first have to measure the length and slope of the roof before cutting each panel to the exact size. Unfortunately, inexperienced contractors can easily forget this step and botch the cutting of the panels. This can lead to exposed rough edges, which can lead to rust and roof coating failure. To avoid this, only hire experienced contractors to get things done.
Corrosion – Metal roofs are usually made of galvalume or galvanized steel and unfortunately, both can easily rust and corrode thanks to water and water-borne pollutants. To avoid this expert contractors will make sure that protective coatings are applied. Hiring inexperienced contractors, however, can cause this to backfire as any damage they cause to the coating increases the risk of corrosion.
Incorrect Fastener Installation – An inexperienced roof replacement contractor can botch the installation of your metal roof’s fastener in three ways: overtightening, under-tightening or installing it off-center. All of these can spell bad news for your metal roof as fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause the fasteners to back out or rust, leading to leaks and permanent damage to your roof.
Oil Canning – Oil canning is usually characterized by wavy panels on your metal roof and occurs when your inexperienced contractor uses the incorrect standing seam panel. This will make your roof look unappealing and can even affect your home’s curb appeal and resale value.
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