Working With You Roofing Contractor To Plan A Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation

by Grace Motley

There are a lot of different types of roofing systems that can be installed on your home. Standing seam metal roofing will give you a long-lasting solution for your new roof. These materials can easily replace asphalt shingles and are resistant to damage. Before you have a standing seam metal roof installed, you may want to know what you need to discuss with the contractor. The following standing seam metal roofing information will help you work with your contractor to replace your shingles with a more durable and longer-lasting material:

Removing Shingles or Roofing Over Them

The old shingles may need to be removed before the new metal materials can be installed. This is often referred to as a tear-off. Tear-offs are usually the best option when replacing shingles because they expose the decking for repairs and ensure there are not any issues with roof loads. Another option to consider when installing a standing seam metal roof is a roof-over. This is where the metal roofing systems are installed over the shingles. A roof-over can reduce the cost of your roof replacement and help provide an extra barrier against leaks.

Repairing Issues With Damaged Decking

There may also be issues with damaged decking that need to be repaired before the metal roofing can be installed. Some of the problems with roof decking that will need to be repaired include:

  • Replacing rotting decking
  • Changing watershed to prevent water traps
  • Reinforcing areas that are prone to wear

The problems with decking can also tell you a lot about other issues that may need to be addressed, like water traps. These problems will need to be addressed while the repairs to the decking are being done.

 Making Sure the Decking Surface Is Smooth

It is also important that the surface of your roof is smooth before the metal is installed. This is because standing seam roofs can cause problems like bulges or other defects to become more visible. Things that you may want to have done to address these issues include:

  • Installing a thin layer of sheathing
  • Adjusting the rafters and decking to correct defects
  • Installing a thick and durable moisture barrier to prevent leaks

The defects that were visible on your roof before can be corrected before the new materials are installed.

Installing the Roofing and Completing Finishing Touches

Finally, the new standing seam metal roof will need to be installed. There may be some unforeseen problems and issues you want to deal with before completing the job. The finishing touches that may be needed to complete your standing seam roof installation include:

  • Sealing around areas that are vulnerable to leaks
  • Installing the ridge caps and vents
  • Addressing issues with defects after installation

The completed standing seam roof should be tested for leaks and any minor problems that need to be done. You also want to do regular maintenance and repairs to your new metal roof to ensure it lasts like it is supposed to.

The standing seam metal roof you have installed on your home will outlast shingles and give your home a new and refreshing look. Contact a roofing contractor to discuss a standing seam metal roof's options to replace your worn asphalt shingles.