Metal Roof Installation- Sun Prairie Metal Roofs
What You Should Know About Metal Roof Installation
Unlike roofing materials designed to last only a decade or so, such as the majority of asphalt roofs on the market, metals roofs are a permanent roofing solution. Because there will never be a need to replace them, metal roofs should be treated with more care than a few low wage workers trying to bang out a job in a couple days.
A good installation for metal roofing project will consider the product material quality, the site and building itself, the underlayment and decking upon which the metal roof is installed, and the crew that will do the installation.
The Metal Roof Material Quality
Sun Prairie Metal Roofs uses thick, 24 gauge, Kynar-coated steel. Most metal roofs are manufactured with a thickness or gauge from 22 (thicker) to 29 (thinner). However, gauge can actually vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, a 26-gauge metal panel can vary from 0.0179 and 0.0217 inches and still be considered 26 gauge. Thicker panels may be a little more expensive, but require less infrastructure for support and can save a homeowner money in installation and support material costs. Wisconsin Metal roofs uses a true 24-gauge powder coated sheet for all our types of panels.
Our patented powder coating process means all the metal roof products we offer have electro-chemical bonds that hold up under the ever-changing weather conditions Wisconsinites know so well. So not only do they look great today, they never stop looking great.the powder coating keeps original color without fading for decades. Additionally, even thunderstorms will not affect color or expose our metal roofing panels to color or material defect. The advantages of the manufacturing process means that Sun Prairie Metal Roofs can offer homeowners true lifetime warranties and peace of mind that the roof will look great and hold up until the even the Vikings AND Lions each win a Superbowl - twice.
Underlayment and Decking
The material upon which the outside layer of your roof rests is critical to its long term performance. The quality of your deck should not be overlooked. Your roof's decking is the layer attached directly to your rafters in your attic. Most homeowners will have either wood slats or plywood decking, with some houses using OSB or press-board. It's easy to see the decking material you have from inside your attic.
What might not be obvious to a homeowner is the condition of that decking. Moisture penetrating to the decking can create damage to insulation, walls, woodwork, and potentially dangerous mold growth. If you are not sure about the quality of your deck, ask a Wisconsin Metal Roofs pro to take a look and give you an assessment.
Underlayment is a waterproof or water resistant sealing layer between the decking and roofing material. Most low cost roofs use a petroleum infused fiber product often called "tar paper", but actually not actually containing either material. Some of the better asphalt roofers are using a synthetic product that is semi-permeable to allow moisture to escape but not penetrate, but many unskilled installers incorrectly install the product and destroy its capabilities without realizing it.
Many asphalt products and wood shakes can be laid right on top of the old roof and the homeowner could get a decent amount of life out of it. Any manufacturer of any roofing product will tell you the best way to put on a roof is to remove old roofing material and scrape the old roof right down to the decking. A metal roof of good quality can be placed upon a SINGLE layer of shingle or shake and with proper underlayment and installation, will become a permanent roof.
Metal Roof Installation
Choosing proper installation is critical to your roof’s performance over time. Wisconsin Metal Roofs only uses manufacturer recommended infrastructure for support and proper decking, followed by superior underlayment and then permanent metal roofing panels professionally custom cut to your specific roof. That way your roof is factory designed for your specific home, not an off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all, hope-it-fits roof like most other types of materials. We recommend you discuss at length with a metal roof consultant the installation process and how that applies to your home.
Following the choice of the right panel, the right material, the right infrastructure, the right design and installation will ensure that you get the right metal roof for your Wisconsin home at the lowest total cost of ownership. Talk to your Sun Prairie Metal Roofs consultant contractor about your project for the lowest cost estimate.
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