How to Cut Metal Roofing?
you can. Your roofing choice needs to protect the building from the elements, help keep energy costs down, and improve a home’s curb appeal. Further, you need your roof to last a long time to avoid regular replacements. With this in mind, the best choice to go for is a metal roof, which is both robust and visually pleasing. However, cutting metal roofing isn’t an easy job and will call for safety precautions and steps to be followed to the letter. With this in mind, we will outline everything you need to know on cutting your metal roof. Things You Will Need Before we dive into the finer details, you’re going to need some tools and materials to get yourself started: Tools to cut the metal (covered below)Combination squareMetal roof panelsMeasuring tapeMarkerProtective gear As well as the above equipment, you will need a sturdy place to work when you get down to cutting. Preparation Time Like all DIY projects, you need to take some preparative measures before you get started. When you cut into your metal sheets, you need to ensure your lines are straight. First, you need to secure the metal sheet onto your workstation with bench clamps, ensuring the proper side is facing upwards. The next step in the preparation stage is to measure how many panels you will need for your roof. You need complete accuracy during this stage to ensure you get the best life out of the new roof. Once you’ve got accurate measurements, you need to mark the cut lines onto the sheet of metal. When you’re marking, be sure to leave no gaps between panels to guarantee a straighter cut. Now, all you need to do is make sure you’re wearing the correct protective clothing including leather gloves, ear protection, goggles, and body protection if you opt for the circular saw. Electric Shears Electric shears run similar to tin snips in that they’re used like scissors, the only real difference being that the blades are electric-powered for a stronger cut. You can use two different types of electric shears - single and double. If you want a smooth finish with little waste, you should use the double blade shears. However, if you want short straight cuts only and don’t mind a bit of wastage, you should opt for the single. Angle Grinder You can use an angle grinder to get your metal cut, but it’s not the most effective tool for the job. This isn’t because it’s ineffective; it’s because sheet metal is thin and can be carried out using safer tools. However, if you need to cut through heavier metals, this is the choice for you. Tin Snips Tin snips aren’t the most effective method for metal cutting, but it’s the kindest on the budget. Also, you only want to grab the tin snips if you’ve got small cuts to make on soft metal. There are two different types of tin snips that depend on the curvature and which side you want the waste to be on. Use right-handed tin snips if you want to make counterclockwise turns with the waste on the right side. Alternatively, use the left-handed snips if you want clockwise curves and left-side waste. Further, when you need to cut perfectly straight lines, you can opt for the center/straight snips. Circular Saw If you’ve got experience in cutting metals, this is the most efficient method because you can cut through several sheets at once. If you don’t have the experience, you are setting yourself up for wonky cuts and greater hazards. You should also note that circular saws are susceptible to wear and tear, which means they can be quite a costly option. When cutting metal roofing with the circular saw, you need to face the sheet down so you don’t damage anything. Nibblers The nibbler is one of the smoothest methods of cutting metals because they’re easy to maneuver for those complex cuts. The tool works by punching the metal at a fast rate, which makes it perfect for making holes. Although these tools are great, you need to note that they aren’t suitable for straight work. Clean Up After Yourself The final stage is to power everything down and clean up after yourself. You need to ensure that your metal sheets are clean from dust, which can rust easily if left. Also, don’t leave your pieces of roof on the floor because that’s just asking for accidents. When you’re carrying out a construction job, you need to ensure you have the right tools for the trade and know what you’re doing. If you follow the instructions laid out above, you should get on just fine - all that’s left is to fit the pieces.Read More
How to Install Metal Roofing?
nt to elevate the look of the exterior and choose something more long-lasting and durable? If that's the case, metal roofing can be an excellent option. When a metal roof has been installed properly, you can expect it to last between 40 and 70 years, which is a whole lot better than the typical 15-20 years that you get from asphalt shingle roofs. Not only that, it also adds a level of sophistication and elegance to the home, which other materials just can’t compete with. You don't have to worry about wind damage, rusting, cracking, or lifting shingles, and they are also more environmentally friendly. With all that said, you may now be ready to jump the gun and install a metal roof. Let’s take a look at the steps involved when installing metal roofing. Make Sure You Take Accurate Measurements The first step in any roof installation is to take accurate measurements. Professionals understand that the width, length and rise of the roof all need to be measured before any materials can be ordered or purchased. The last thing you want to deal with is running out of materials, or having too much and therefore overspending. There are a variety of calculations and formulas used to measure the roof that factor in the slope and square footage. If you are simply installing a metal roof on a basic backyard shed, keep in mind that these same steps and calculations will still need to be followed - they just may be simpler to do. You May Not Need to Remove the Shingles Did you know that when installing a metal roof, and depending on the building codes in your region, you may not have to remove the shingles first? In many cases, you will be able to install the metal roof right on top of the existing shingles. This can save you a lot of time, effort and expense, and reduce the amount of waste you create since you won’t need to dispose of the shingles. Decide On the Perfect Color Just like with asphalt shingles, you can get metal roofs in a variety of colors. This allows you to customize the look of your home and give it some personality. You may wish to choose something subdued and which blends in with the rest of the structure, or you may wish to go for something bold that acts as the focal point on the house. Gather All the Necessary Tools The next step in the process will be to gather all the necessary tools and equipment so you've got everything on hand. The key items you'll need include: A bin for waste material - you may even need to rent a large disposal bin depending on how extensive the job is and how much waste you will haveScaffoldingLadderHammerRoofing nailsJigsawDrillDrill bitsStaple gunSelf-sealing wood screwsMetal roofing screws Professionals should have all these items on hand as they are the basics of any roofing project/job. Make Sure the Work Area Is Safe and Clear Before you get started, you will also need to prepare the work area by making sure it is safe and clear. Make sure there are no obstacles in the way, and that there is nothing around that could be damaged. Roofers often place plywood against windows to ensure they aren’t damaged from falling debris. Install a Layer of Installation If the shingles needed to be removed first, then the first step in the installation would be a layer of insulation. It will need to be secured in place and then a breathable membrane goes on top. The Edging Must be Put in Place The next step is to install the edging around the perimeter of the roof. These are metal strips called eave flashing. They need to be secured with nails. Install the Metal Roofing Sheets Now it’s time for the exciting part: installing the metal roofing sheets. This is when the magic happens and you can finally visualize the finished look. As you install the metal sheets, they need to overhang the edge of the roof by 3/4" minimum. Edges will also need to overlap with the adjacent panel. Make sure you are also using the right kind of screws and fasteners and that they are aligned properly. Once all the panels are in place, the flashing can be installed. And that's it, the job is complete. If you’re ready to upgrade the look of your home or even a simple backyard shed, opting for a metal roof will provide that touch of sophistication that may currently be missing.Read More
How to Install TPO Roofing?
is Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM) which is not covered in detail here. For this article, we focus on TPO roofing and cover how to install it and troubleshoot any potential issues with this type of roof. What is TPO Roofing? TPO stands for Thermoplastic Polyolefin. As commercial roofing options go, it’s quickly becoming an easy choice for business owners and commercial building owners in need of improved roofing material. According to the National Roofing Contractors Assn., just under half of all commercial roofs use TPO materials at this time. TPO and Scrim TPO is a membrane that is layered over the roofing structure. Also, it comes as a single-ply material comprised of various synthetics. For flat roofing, the scrim is also commonly added to provide reinforcement. Scrim is a woven fiber material that provides additional durability and strength. Made in Sheets and Easy to Transport The membranes are produced in sheets that come with various width measurements. Most producers offer a 20-, 12-, or 10-foot TPO membrane that is produced in a roll ready for delivery as building supplies. They then just need contractors to install them. Energy Efficiency One of the benefits is that TPO can reflect UV rays, avoiding the roofing and floors below from heating up in warmer parts of the country. The Basics of TPO Roofing Installation The installation is a task that requires a team to complete it, rather than one person. The team is required to complete the new roof in a reasonable time. This avoids added problems due to an extended installation period, including the possibility of precipitation. Roofing Substrate is Prepared The roofing substrate is readied first. This is done by either cleaning the existing roof in preparation for the next stage or by removing a deteriorated existing roofing material to make way for its replacement. The replacement may or may not include the removal of any existing installation below the current roof. That will depend on its age, condition, and how suitable it will be to successfully layer over any existing insulation with TPO roofing materials. In most cases, it’s best to start with a clean roof and use new insulation. This avoids the risks of older, inferior insulation making the TPO roof less durable or not providing all the potential benefits that the building owner is hoping for. Insulation Comes Next Insulation is added to the roof. This usually has a thickness of at least one and a half inches (often more than that). Only gaps between the insulation of up to a quarter of an inch are usually acceptable, ensuring that the majority of the roof is covered with the insulation material. This serves to keep the warmth in but prevents excess heat from penetrating the roof on sunny days to avoid heating the building unnecessarily. The insulation types include: Extruded Polystyrene – Known as XPS in the industry, it is provided at a mid-price point and offers good performance. It comes in pink, green, or blue color and is semipermeable with a 1 perm rating.Expanded Polystyrene – Known as EPS, it is usable over floors, walls, and roofs too. It does not retain water, so it offers better waterproofing abilities than XPS.Polyisocyanurate – Referred to as Polyiso, it is perhaps the most effective of all. It usually commands the highest sticker price per foot. The Installation A cover board is used on the roof, to which the TPO membrane gets attached or bonded to. Using boards in this manner is more practical for application purposes and avoids damaging the insulation below. The TPO membranes are layered over the board and attached using either a special bonding adhesive agent or are fastened on mechanically instead. This is where the measurements of the TPO membrane sheets must be accurate to fit the roof correctly, otherwise it will interfere with the bonding process necessary for a successful installation. A heat fastening plate and a heat welding machine/hot air gun are used to hot air weld all the seams together neatly. TPO and flash are necessary to create a roofing finish that appears seamless to the naked eye. What is Roof Flashing? Roof flashing may not be a familiar term. Roofers use this galvanized steel (sometimes other materials) to change the flow of rainwater away from sensitive areas. It’s mostly used on or around flat parts of the roof, like skylights, vents, and more, where water would otherwise pool-up. Flashing, therefore, acts to protect roofing features from potential future moisture damage and redirects water towards flow systems such as guttering and drainage. Are There Any Issues with TPO Roofing Materials? You may be wondering if there are any concerns or potential issues with TPO roofing materials. Here are some things to consider. Newer Roofing Material TPO as a material has only been around for a decade or so. Therefore, it doesn’t have the history that some of the other roofing materials provide. Nevertheless, it’s widely used and respected. Heat Degradation at Extreme Temperature Levels There have been some issues of TPO degrading in extreme heat situations. Reformulations have been ongoing to provide an improved ability to withstand the hotter type of environments, such as desert heat in Arizona or the sunshine in Florida, as two examples. However, generally speaking, only temperatures over 160 degrees Fahrenheit are potentially problematic for material protection. Therefore, this shouldn’t be an issue for most building owners. Multi-Use Roofs TPO roofing is fine for commercial and residential roofing applications where it won’t be used for other purposes. However, when a roof is being considered as a livable space with patio furniture and a BBQ, or as a roof garden, then it’s likely that TPO is a poor roofing material for this purpose. It’s flammable, so a BBQ is a total no-no too. For commercial building owners, a TPO roof is a dependable solution when you need a new roofing material. It does require a team of installers with special equipment to complete the installation, so be prepared for that.Read More
What is a Roofing Square?
ess a universally applicable size for roofing squares, unless any deviation from the 100 sq. ft. per roofing square rule is specified for the particular project. Such deviations are not common at all though, except when dealing with very small structures. Why Professionals Use Roofing Squares as a Measuring Unit There are two primary reasons as to why the roofing square is a preferred unit for roofers and other construction professionals. The first would be convenience. A bigger unit makes it easier and faster to calculate how much material would be necessary to build, replace or repair roofs. The second reason is standard applicability. A roofing square is universally applicable for measuring the quantity of materials that would be necessary to cover a 100 sq. ft. of roof, irrespective of the roof layout and shape. Calculating and Converting Roof Measurements in Roofing Squares In order to have a basic estimation of your roof size in roofing squares, first find out the total size of your roof in square feet, in case you are not aware of it already. Then simply divide this by 100 to convert your roof’s measurements into roofing squares. As you might have noticed, we have only used “estimation” rather than the term calculation. This is because what we have at this point is only a rough estimation of the roof’s size in roofing squares. In order for it to qualify as a proper calculation, two other aspects must also be taken into account, which are: The slopePlane size Should You Try to Calculate the Roof Size on Your Own? Unless you have sufficient experience to undertake such a task, it would be ill-advised to try and measure the roof on your own. It is best left to the professionals for the sake of both accuracy and safety. However, you can learn to do so with some expert guidance. If you are a beginner in DIY home renovations, here is a brief, introductory guide on how to get the roof measurements on your own. Roof Measurements: The Planes Climb your roof with a measuring tape, a notepad and a pencil. Do not forget to stabilize your ladder first, before stepping on it. Place the ladder in such a way that it doesn’t make it difficult for you to come down. It is a common beginner’s mistake to forget that you will also be climbing down the same ladder! Once you are on the roof, use your measuring tape to measure the lengths and the widths of every plane. Do not forget to write down the measurements as soon as you take them. Note that features and additions such as porch coverings, skylights, dormer windows, and extended garages likely mean that there are multiple planes for you to measure, and not just two. Roof Measurements: The Pitch You will also need to have an accurate estimation of the pitch if you are to properly calculate your roof’s total area. Fortunately, you will not need to get on top of your roof for this one, as the pitch of your roof can easily be measured from the attic itself. You will be needing the same notepad, tape and pencil which you used to measure the planes, with only the addition of a 24-inch level to your arsenal. We will briefly introduce the steps necessary for measuring the pitch next: Take and mark a measurement of 1 foot/12-inches from one end of the levelPlace and hold the other end of the level firmly against the bottom of any roof rafterTake a vertical measurement from the previously made 1-foot/12-inch mark until you reach the rafter’s bottom sideNote it down and you are done The measurement which you will have on your notepad is the pitch, aka, how many inches your roof rises with every foot of elevation. You may need assistance in holding the level in place, as that can make for more accurate measurements. However, it is not that difficult to get done without help. Getting the Final Roof Measurements Manual conversions can take up a lot of time, but they are generally more accurate. However, the difference is mostly minimal or non-existent in most cases, so we advise saving time and using a roofing calculator to convert your measurements into a number that represents the final size of the roof. Nevertheless, if you are particularly keen on knowing how to do it on your own, apply the following steps: Divide the pitch by 12Multiply the result by itself, which is called squaring in mathematicsAdd 1 to the resultCalculate the square root of the present numberMultiply the roof’s length and width previously recorded to get the measurement in square feetAdd the number you got from step 4 to the number you got from step 5 to get the estimated area of the roof in sq. ft.The rule for roofers is to add an extra 10-15% of the total roofing area you calculated if you are measuring a gable roofThe extra area that must be added to the final number could need raising by as much as 17% if we are discussing a cottage roof Now, all you need to do is divide the final number by 100 and the result would be instantly converted to roofing squares. Just in case you are wondering why the extra percentages were added to the final number, it is an essential allocation for hips and ridges. There will also be at least some amount of the material that will be lost as waste during the various mixing, cutting processing, etc. This should be all you need to know about measuring roofs and converting their measurements into roofing square units for standardized calculations.Read More
How to Apply Roofing Tar?
o a roof successfully, where it’s best to use it, and things to be aware of. Let’s get started! Roofing Tar 101 A few hundred years ago, wood tar saw its use in the maritime industry. This substance was put to use on rigging and to preserve the wooden ships. Wood tar continued to be used for several hundred years, eventually being switched to artificial sealants. Roofing tar today is a modern version of what began centuries ago as an effective way to seal up spaces that may see considerable water or added moisture. This is also how it is used today. Plan Before You Start Tar is now utilized as an effective roofing sealant for residential purposes and on commercial roofs too. Fortunately, the installation process isn’t too difficult, but it is more time-consuming than people sometimes believe it to be. With that said, the weather conditions and time of day play a big factor. Do It Yourself or Get the Experts In? Using tar to fix up a roof is not an easy job. The tar itself is kind of pungent and it makes a mess. Being up on the roof is also problematic for many people, with over 150,000 Americans ending up in the ER annually due to falling off their ladder, according to WHO. Therefore, beyond the technical need to get it right, some other concerns make this perhaps a job for specialized roofing contractors instead of something to knock out on a long holiday weekend. Weather Effects and Other Considerations Roofing tar must be applied to the roof when it’s free of snow or rainfall, including recent rainfall a few hours ago when the roof is still damp. While the tar itself doesn’t take an age to install, the curing process necessary for it to be effective for the long-term may require 8-24 hours to complete. Without being allowed to dry completely, the roofing tar will be less than fully effective. Installation is permissible with temperatures down to 40-degrees Fahrenheit, which provides a lot of flexibility. With that said, the tar itself won’t dry or cure properly to create an effective seal until the temperature gets back up to 70 degrees. Therefore, warmer temperatures are needed to complete a successful installation. On the flip side, tar will become more liquid-like and potentially drip off the roof at high-temperature levels. Therefore, there are particular weather conditions and temperature levels necessary to complete the task properly. This should be known before any roofing tar work is done on your behalf or if you choose to attempt it yourself. Preexisting Roofing Defects If there are any major roofing defects or structural damage, then these need to be fixed before applying roofing tar. This is relevant whether you’re completing the work yourself or hiring people. Safety is paramount here, especially when working from a height. How to Apply Roofing Tar Here are the steps to follow: Step 1 – Get your measurements right How much tar is needed to complete the job right? You won’t know this unless you measure the roof’s dimensions. Usually, asphalt tar is the popular choice. However, coal tar bitumen is sometimes used when there are eaves or a steep slant on the roof. If you’re planning to do it yourself, then take a photo of the roof and ask at the DIY store for advice. Step 2 – Get the base layer in A base layer needs to get nailed to the roof. This provides a buffer between the roofing materials and the tar material to prevent damage. Heat is applied and this could cause damage, so the base layer prevents this. The layer is comprised of aluminized, asphalt, or elastomeric materials. This choice is partly dependent on the roof’s shape too. Step 3 – Choose how the tar will be moved Depending on the size of the project, a sizable amount of tar will need to be moved to the site. It will then be poured onto the roof directly from the special delivery truck. On smaller jobs where you’re just patching over small sections of the roof, then putting the tar into a bucket, going up the ladder, and then applying it works too. Be sure not to fill the bucket to the brim because it can easily overflow and leave a hot sticky mess on the ground. Not fun! Step 4 – Be careful with the application process Begin in the corners. Use a fiberglass mop to move the tar once it has been poured onto the roof. Use careful strokes with the focus on a smooth finish. When applying the tar to the whole roof, use a thin layer of it. Go from one end of the roof to the other. Keep straight to avoid adding too much tar to any specific spot. Try to avoid clumping or mounting up. Use tar paper to get the right finish.Read More
Where to Place Screws on Metal Roofing
d colors to match the exterior of your home. Although metal roofs look amazing once fitted correctly, installing a metal roof is not always as easy as you would think. There are lots of things you need to consider before you start, such as which type of metal to use, what size roof you require, and where to place the screws on metal roofing. In this article, we are going to discuss where to place the screws on metal roofing. Metal roofing installation necessitates special metal roof screws that come complete with a metal washer and a neoprene seal on the base of the washer. Metal roof screws must be installed in the correct location to ensure that the washer is tightly sealed over the hole in the metal. If you are planning on installing a metal roof on your property, and you want to know where to place screws on metal roofing, then keep reading below: Use the Right Equipment Before you begin installing a metal roof, you will need to make sure you have the right equipment to complete the job. Some of the equipment you need includes: Screws – these will be used to anchor the shingles of panels to the property or structure. Metal self-tapping screws with wafer-thin washers are a brilliant option. These screws are more likely to ensure a tight seal. Although many people believe that nails are just as good as screws, this is not the case. Screws do not break or bend like nails when exposed to heat. They also do not work themselves loose like nails.Drill and drill bits – these will be needed to screw the screws in placeTape measure and laser level – this will help you to ensure that all your screws are lined up and equally spaced.Chalk – to mark where you are going to place each screw Be Organized Whether you are building a shed, installing a roof, or fitting new windows in your home, it is important to always keep your work area clean and tidy. Do not keep screws and nails here and there; instead, have a box for each. For health and safety reasons, it is also important to ensure that electrical equipment, such as drills, are turned off and unplugged until needed. This will prevent accidents from occurring. Repair Any Damage Before Attaching Your Roof Before attaching a new roof to your property, it is important to repair any existing damage. Fixing problems now will save you a lot of time and money in the long term. Creating Holes in Your Metal Roof Lots of people think that they have to pre-drill holes in their metal roof sheet before installation; however, this is not always correct. If you choose to use self-drilling screws, like the ones we mentioned above, then you will not need to pre-drill your roof panels. Instead, the screws will drill their own hole through the metal roofing panel and into the wood substrate below. This means that you do not need to pre-drill holes. In addition, if your panel is being fitted on top of metal purlins, the space of the purlins may make it difficult to pre-drill the sheets in advance. To do this, you would have to measure each panel and drill each hole in the location of the metal purlin. Although you do not usually need to drill holes in your metal roofing panels, there are a few occasions where it is a good idea to pre-drill the holes. For example: If you are attaching them to a solid wood substrate – you do not need to worry about the distance between supports if you are attaching to a solid wood substrate. There is wood across the whole roof, so it does not matter where you place your screws. If you want to stack and pre-drill numerous metal sheets (this is often hard to do as you will have to try and avoid drilling at an angle) – while this may save you time, it can cost money if you do it wrong. To prevent the sheets of metal from moving while you are drilling, it is a good idea to use a clamp to hold them in place. There are some advantages to pre-drilling metal roofing. Not only does it reduce the chances of screws being installed at an angle, as the pre-drilled hole helps to steer the screw into the material below, but it also allows you to create straight screw lines at perfectly spaced-out intervals. Another advantage is that it can save you time as you can drill through more than one piece of metal at a time. Secure to Solid Wood No matter where you are trying to install a metal roof, it is always advisable to install it onto solid wood. It is much easier to secure a metal roof to a solid wood frame than it is to try and install it without one. Place the Screws in the Right Position When it comes to fitting a metal roof, the position of your screws is extremely important. To get a tight fit and prevent water from seeping through the holes you create, you will need to place the screws in the right place. Screws should be installed down the inside of the flat of the panel. You should avoid screwing the screws in the top of the rib. Placing a screw in the top of the rib will prevent a tight seal. Another reason you should not place a screw in the top of a rib is because the screw may tilt while being screwed into place. This can cause the screw hole to stretch and become too big for the washer. If the holes become too big for the washers, your roof will leak when it rains. This can be avoided by placing the screws in the flat of the panel. Additionally, placing a screw in the top of the rib can increase the possibility of the screw pulling out during bad weather, such as high winds. By following these pieces of advice, you will be able to ensure your roof is securely fitted and does not leak. For many years now, metal roofing has been a popular choice. Not only is this type of roofing stylish, but it is also durable too. Metal roofing comes in a range of sizes, shapes, styles, textures, and colors, making any home or property look more appealing. If you are installing metal roofing, then follow some of our advice above.Read More
How to Cut Steel Roofing
roof rarely lasts more than 15 years. At worst, the roof is dented by large hail rather than having holes punched through it. However, the same factors that make your metal roof so strong make it difficult to modify. If you need to know how to cut steel roofing, here are several ways it can be done. Use Tin Snips and/or Metal Shears You should use tin snips when you’re going to cut or trim a single piece of metal roofing, though you could also use aviation snips. Tin snips are another name for tinner snips or metal shears. These are hand tools used to cut sheet metal. Unlike standard scissors, they generally have a compound leverage handle system. This makes it easier to cut through the metal. While you get stronger cutting action, you still get precise control. One of the side benefits of using sheet metal shears is that you don’t produce metal shavings or sparks as you’re working. However, you should still wear protective gloves and goggles when cutting metal pieces with tin snips. You’ll need to get the right type of tin snips for the cutting you’re about to do. Yellow or plain tip tin snips are best for cutting straight lines. Red handled left-handed snips are the better choice when you want to remove metal to your left. They will, by definition, be held in your left hand. Right-handed snips have green handles. These are ideal for cutting in a clockwise motion, while the waste comes off the right side. Power shears are similar to tin snips except they do most of the work for you. They come in both pneumatic and electric varieties. They’re suitable for quick, straight cuts. First, draw the path you’re going to follow before you start cutting. Mark the straight lines and curves you’re going to cut off the metal piece. Mark any holes you’re going to drill or cut into the metal as well. If you’re not cutting end to end across the sheet, cut out a pilot hole. This can be done by drilling with a metal-cutting drill bit or hammering a nail through the metal. Only cut the pilot hole on part of the metal you’re going to remove so that you don’t end up with a jagged edge. Open up the snips. Line up the blade with the line you’ve marked, then start cutting. One of the benefits of working with tin snips is that you can double-check and adjust where the scissor blades are located before you cut. If in doubt, double-check before you press down on the shears. Press the jaws down as firmly as you can, so that you get as much metal as possible with each bite. Then open the jaw as widely as you can before repeating the process. If you’re working with power shears, then you’ll press the trigger and direct the blade as you move along the metal. Work slowly so that you maintain control. Keep the jaws of the snip pressed against the jaws of the tin snip. If the blades get stuck, you’ll need to approach the cut from the opposite angle. Break Out the Circular Saw A circular saw, also called a nibbler, is the best choice for cutting large pieces of metal roofing. We recommend cutting through individual pieces of metal roofing rather than trying to cut through several pieces stacked together. Also, wear proper safety gear - this includes earplugs and safety goggles. You may want to wear a face mask since a saw will generate metal dust and even flying metal fragments. The first step to cutting metal roofing with a nibbler is to set up the saw. The circular saw should have a metal-cutting blade. You could use either a carbide tooth blade or a steel tooth blade. Set the blade so that it will cut through the lowest parts of the corrugated metal. Mark the path you’re going to follow while cutting. Attach the metal itself to the work surface, because you might fail to follow your intended path if the sheet shifts. Now you can begin cutting. Note that saw blades can get hot, so make sure you stop and inspect your work, and give the blades time to cool down. This reduces the risk of damage to the metal roofing. If you want to create rounded cuts to finish the workpiece, use an electric drill nibbler, or use the nibbler to cut vent pipe holes. Use an Angle Grinder An angle grinder is an alternative to the circular saw. It is handheld, so it is more mobile. The downside is that it requires more hand control. Angle grinders are designed for abrasive cuts and polishing. They should be used for straight cuts on metal roofing, though you can also use them to smooth out the burrs on metal pieces you cut with other tools. The angle grinder needs a blade capable of cutting through metal. This could be a carbide tooth blade or a steel tooth blade. The benefit of carbide is that it lasts longer. Draw the line you’re going to follow when cutting. Then mount or attach the metal sheet to the work surface so it doesn’t move while you’re working. You may need to cut out pilot holes with a metal drill bit or by hammering a nail through the metal. This isn’t necessary if you’re going to cut the metal end to end. Line up the blade with your cutting path. Then begin cutting. Cut slowly, so that you have complete control of the tool. Always keep your hands on the saw’s guard. If the angle grinder stops working, turn it off and pull back. Do not try to force it forward. Let things cool off, if necessary, and then complete the cut from the opposite side. Whether you want to trim rust off your sheet metal roofing or need to cut a vent hole into the existing metal panels, know how to cut steel roofing panels before you being work. You can’t afford to risk being injured or having to replace large panels because you made a mistake while cutting the metal.Read More
Should I Call Insurance or a Roofer First?
g, there are several options you can pick from, such as calling a roofing company or speaking to your insurance provider. While your first thought may be to ring up your insurance company, speaking to a professional roofing company and getting an inspection first is strongly recommended. With that in mind, here are some valid reasons why you should speak to a roofer first before doing anything else. Expert Advice Even though insurance adjusters are experts in their field, that doesn’t mean they have experience in roofing. Should you contact your insurance provider, they may not have knowledge of roofing materials, or what to look out for in the event of storm damage to your roof. If you have any concerns about your roof, it’s advised to speak to a roofing professional who has vast experience and knows what repairs are needed to fix the problem. For example, you would never call up the dentist if you have a stomach bug, so you need to apply the same logic when repairing or replacing your roof, meaning you should always speak to a roofing expert first. When finding a roofing contractor to carry out the work, make sure you pick one that has extensive experience, excellent communication skills, and a portfolio of happy clients. There are several questions you can ask to help choose the right roofing contractor, such as how long they’ve been in business and what licensing and insurance they have in place. As well as this, you’ll want to get any financial agreements in writing. Doing so will give you confidence that you’ve made the right decision in speaking to a professional first over going to your insurance provider. Thorough Inspection Whether your roof is leaking, or you have damaged tiles, a roofing contractor can thoroughly inspect your roof to decide what course of action to take next. Rather than having an insurance provider inspect your roof first, a roofing professional is certified to safely climb onto your roof and establish the extent of any damage caused. One major problem is that most roof damage isn’t visible, with a lot of the destruction developing below the surface. Only a roofing expert will know exactly where to look, meaning you can be confident you’ll get a thorough inspection. If you call your insurance provider first and use them to examine your roof, they may miss out key details or problems that could come back to bite you later down the line. You should always listen to your gut instinct and trust your roofing professional. Determine Whether a Claim is Worth It In some instances, there may be no point in filing an insurance claim. Allowing a roofing expert to assess any damage before filing an insurance claim will give you a much better indication of whether you should file a claim. What’s more, should you file a claim inappropriately, this can result in your insurance rates going up, meaning you could end up spending more money than you first thought. Therefore, speaking to a roofing contractor first will help make the decision process more straightforward. Avoid Traps It is against the law for a homeowner to deceive an insurance provider and profit from their claim. If you get an inspection beforehand from a roofing expert, you will be filled with confidence that your roofing issue was caused by severe weather conditions, rather than an underlying issue that may not be covered by your insurance. The last thing you want is to fall into a trap and find yourself having to pay out a huge sum of money to get your roof repaired or replaced. Speaking to a roofing company first will ensure you get the best results possible. You must remember that roofers will not only examine your roof for minor damages, but determine whether there are serious problems like an underlying water leakage. Many insurance providers overlook these severe attic damages which could weaken the condition of your roof. Saves Valuable Time When it comes to claiming on your insurance because of your roof, going through the process can be incredibly confusing and time-consuming. Over time, you may start to get frustrated if things aren’t going in your favor. Calling a roofing expert before your insurance provider can save you a great deal of time as they will settle everything and explain to you in easy-to-follow terms what steps you need to take should you wish to make a claim. No matter what problem you have with your roof, it’s universally advised to speak to a roofing contractor first. While you may think your insurance provider is the first person you should call, they won’t have the expertise and experience that a roofing specialist has. Without the advice of a roofing professional, you could end up spending more money on repairs. Maintain Your Roof To avoid finding yourself in this predicament again, there are steps you can take to maintain your roof. Regularly inspecting your shingles, trimming tree branches, unclogging gutters, and monitoring moss are some of the best things you can do to keep your roof in excellent condition. Whether you get your roof repaired or have it replaced, your roof acts as the main defense against severe weather like heavy rain, snow, and wind. Checking your roof seasonally or yearly will expand the lifespan of your roofing materials, stop leaks from occurring that cause damage, and help keep you and your loved ones protected. No one likes the idea of having to pay out for repairs or replacements. Therefore, keeping a close eye on your roof is key. Speaking to a roofing company first will stop any headaches and stress that roofing repairs can bring. In a nutshell, roofing companies can handle your insurance provider, helping you to get the best outcome possible and ensure your home is protected in the future.Read More
Will My Insurance Go Up if I Get a New Roof?
thing that you cannot delay when it is needed, and your insurance company can help you cover the cost. However, it’s important to consider several factors before your insurance claim will be granted. You may be wondering if your home insurance payment is likely to go up if you get a new roof. How Making a Claim Affects Your Insurance As with any insurance policy, making a claim might have an impact on how much you pay in the future. Since a new roof is typically quite an expensive claim to make, it could impact how much you pay for your home insurance policy going forward. If you do not make any further claims on your home insurance policy for the next few years after getting your roof replaced, it is likely to return to normal. It’s a wise idea to speak with your insurance company to determine if your policy price will rise after making a claim and how much by. Full Coverage for Roof Replacement or Repairs In some cases, the full insurance coverage will be given for repairing or replacing a roof; however, this is not very common and, in most cases, only a part of the cost will be covered. Full coverage will only usually be granted if your roof was previously brand new or in very good condition before something happened that led to the need for repairs or replacement. For example, this might happen if your insurance policy covers floods or storms, and your roof has been damaged as a result of it. It’s also important to consider whether or not your insurance company will pay out for the expense of a new roof. Again, this will depend on the damage that has been done to your roof, how it was sustained, and the condition of your roof beforehand. You may need to prove to the insurance company that a new roof is needed and that repairs alone will not be enough to fix the damage before you will be able to claim for the full cost of a roof replacement. It may also help if the cost of a new roof is likely to add up to less than repairing each area of damage. Estimating Costs You will need to get an estimation of the cost of repairs or replacing your roof before you can file an insurance claim. To do this, get in touch with a reputable roofing company that can carry out the estimation. Many roofing companies are happy to do this for free, so it’s worth getting in touch with several different ones. Check with your home insurer to see whether you will be able to choose a reputable roofing company to carry out the work or whether they will arrange this for you as part of the insurance policy, since some insurers will only work with their own trusted partners. Determining the Cause of Damage The cause of the damage is one of the most important factors that insurance companies will consider, since it will determine whether or not they are able to provide you with cover to repair or replace your roof. Most of the time, the insurance company will not cover the cost of replacing a roof that has been damaged by regular wear and tear. However, damage from natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, and fires will typically be covered, along with criminal damage such as vandalism. Paying for the Roof Replacement Yourself In most cases, a roof that needs to be replaced because it is old or has been subjected to wear and tear over the years that has left it unfit for purpose will not be covered by your home insurance policy and is an expense that you’ll need to foot by yourself. However, unlike making a claim, paying for your roof replacement out of your own pocket might have the opposite effect on your regular policy payments. As long as you make sure that you update your insurance company as soon as your new roof is fitted, your policy payments may be reduced in the future due to making major improvements to your home and reducing the risk of issues such as leaks. Signs You Might Need to Replace Your Roof It’s important to know the signs of a roof that is in need of replacing. Whether you can make an insurance claim or need to pay for it out of pocket, spotting the following signs will help you ensure that your roof replacement is arranged as soon as possible and that you avoid any further major costly issues. #1. Buckled or Curled Shingles Shingles that have become visibly distorted are a clear sign that your roof is aging and needs to be replaced. Buckled and curled shingles occur due to moisture that forces the nails to push upwards, leaving your home more exposed to the elements. #2. Missing Granules If granules are missing from your roof, it’s a clear sign that it is no longer as weatherproof as it once was. You will often find granule accumulation in your gutters when cleaning them if this is happening on your roof. #3. Mold and Moisture If you do not have the right ventilation in your attic or loft space, the warm, moist air from inside your home is likely to get trapped in there. It will gather on the underside of the roof as it condenses, leading to mold formation and causing nails to rust and plywood to rot. After some time, this is likely to cause the need for a full roof replacement. Most roofs are designed to last for ten to fifteen years; however, things can go wrong during that time which may lead to repairs or the need for a replacement. In some cases, you may be able to claim the cost of replacing your roof on your home insurance policy, but bear in mind that this might increase your future policy payments.Read More
What Is the Cheapest Way to Replace a Roof?
y, with your roof potentially caving in. Whatever the reason, if your roof needs replacing, many homeowners worry about the total cost. Understandably, you will want to save money where you can without compromising on the quality of the job. If you’re on a tight budget, here is a guide on the cheapest ways to replace your roof. Get Organized Before you can even think of getting your roof replaced, you must get prepared and organized first. Creating an outline of your roofing goals, plans and needs is vital for understanding how much the overall project will cost and where you will get the money from. Understandably, the size of your roof will be the biggest variable that you must take into account, alongside the kinds of materials you will need. Make sure you factor in time to draw up a budget that aligns with your monthly income and outgoings. If you’re having to foot the total bill yourself, the last thing you want is to find yourself in debt. Do Your Homework Once you’ve worked out your budget and know what you can realistically afford to spend, you can begin researching into roofing materials. There will be roof materials that cost more than others, so you may need to compromise if you live with others on what will fit the aesthetic of the exterior of your home. You can potentially save thousands of dollars depending on the type of roofing material you pick, so make sure you examine the pros and cons before making your mind up. Plan for Any Eventuality When undergoing a home improvement project like a roof replacement, some challenges and problems can arise within a blink of an eye. Even if you’re the organized type, should something go wrong, you need to have a plan B in place to ensure the project doesn’t derail. One of the major problems with a roof replacement is that your roofing contractor may not be aware of how much damage has been caused until the old roof has been lifted, such as water damage or a rotted foundation. Above anything else, make sure you plan for any eventuality, so you know what steps to take next. Shop Around When hiring a roofing contractor, there will be dozens in your area who will compete against one another for your custom. To ensure you get the right person for the job, you need to factor in plenty of time to research various providers. Rather than choosing the first roofing company you see, there could be another further down the search results that may be more suited for your project. If you aren’t sure who to pick, checking out customer testimonials and looking at portfolios can give you more confidence. If you’re on a strict budget, you will naturally want to get the cheapest deal, so make sure you compare a few providers before making your final decision. Consider Doing Some of the Work If you have the time, experience, and proper equipment, it may be wise to do some of the work yourself, such as getting rid of old roofing before the contractor arrives. As long as you don’t have a fear of heights and you believe you’re capable of performing the job, you can save a great deal of money on your roof replacement by going down the DIY route. Make sure you speak to your contractor first before getting started as you could potentially end up causing damage that could end up costing you more. Always make sure there is someone with you when carrying out work as you could fall and suffer serious injuries. Use Your Insurance As long as your roof damage hasn’t been caused by neglect, your homeowners’ insurance may cover all or part of your roof replacement. For instance, if heavy winds knock shingles loose, you may find that your insurer pays out for replacement costs. However, if you’re responsible for the roof replacement, you will have to foot the entire bill. Make sure you speak to your insurance provider to find out how they can help you. Pick the Right Time The time of year you have your roof replaced can make a huge difference in how much you pay. Roofing contractors tend to be booked up in late summer and the fall months, so if you’re serious about saving money, it’s best to schedule your roof replacement in the spring or late winter. You may find that you can score an off-season discount, which can be a great way to keep costs down. However, if your roof is in serious disrepair, you shouldn’t wait to get it replaced, as the longer you leave it, the more chance you have of it collapsing and causing serious harm. Keep Communication Lines Open Should you have any questions that you want answering, make sure you pick a roofing contractor who understands the importance of effective communication. All experienced roofing contractors will know what they are doing, so make sure you trust their judgments and recommendations, even if you have to stretch your budget further. For instance, while you may have your eyes on a particular roofing material that’s cheaper, it could end up only lasting 5-10 years, whereas an alternative material that costs more could end up lasting over 20 years. Your contractor will know what’s best, so try and think of the bigger picture. As a homeowner, there are all kinds of costs and repairs that can arise unexpectedly, such as a roof replacement. Thankfully, the total cost doesn’t have to be extortionate so long as you follow the tips above. Whether you hire a professional roofing contractor to do the whole job or you decide to do some of it yourself, make sure you follow health and safety guidelines to ensure the project runs smoothly.Read More
Can You Negotiate with a Roofing Contractor?
ome improvements can be one of these difficult areas. But when it comes to your roof, there are some things you can try if you want to negotiate with a roofing contractor and save yourself some money. Get At Least Three Quotes Always get at least three quotes for the work you want done and then spend time comparing them. Spend some time talking to the contractors about what they need to do to carry out the work and how they will do it. It is usually best to go for the middle price if you are unsure which contractor would be best. They will probably do a better job than the cheapest contractor. However, you don’t want to pay the most expensive price, so if in doubt, opt for the middle ground. Once you have a quote that is cheaper than the one you are going to go ahead with, you have a negotiating point. Ask your chosen contractor if they will match the cheaper quote you have been given. Some companies will offer a price matching service, but others won’t. You won’t know if this strategy will succeed until you ask the question, so you may as well chance your luck and see if you can bag a bargain. Don’t Wait Until the Damage Gets Too Bad Once the damage to your roof gets to a certain point, it will cause you a lot of problems. It may leak in heavy rain or you may find mold spots appearing on your ceiling or walls. At this point, you will become more desperate to get the work done and will probably give the job to the contractor that can start soonest rather than the most keenly priced. They may not be the same one and you could find yourself paying more money to get the work done quickly. Some contractors will see how keen you are to get the work carried out and may price it accordingly. This will push the price up and you may not have a lot of time to negotiate, especially if you want the roof fixed before the next heavy downpour. It is best to get the work done as soon as you realize the necessity rather than waiting for the problem to get worse as this could cost you more money. Know What You Want It is worth doing your homework and knowing exactly what work needs doing and how it is most likely to be done. Do some research on the internet and ask questions of the contractors who give you quotes. That way you will know if all the same contractors are using the same methods and materials or if some contractors are quoting you for something different. Do not be sucked into paying for more work than is necessary, but do ask why one contractor’s work differs from that of another. That way, you can decide for yourself if it is a better idea to pay for some extras or if you would be getting ripped off. See If You Can Source the Materials Yourself See if you can source some materials to fix the roof yourself and then pay a contractor for the labor only. This can work out cheaper if the contractor is putting their own markup on the material they are using, or if they have to pay different taxes as a contractor than you would as an individual. Get the quote for the material first so that you have something to compare your research to. It may be that this doesn’t work, as suppliers will often offer contractors discounts as they are more likely to be buying in bulk and using some of the material elsewhere. However, it is worth comparing the two options as this may save you money. Ask for a Reduction in Return for Advertising A lot of roofing contractors use advertising boards when they are carrying out work to attract new customers. Ask if they will reduce the price if you allow them to use an advertising board at your property. This strategy may work better if you live on a main road or in an area where a lot of people are likely to see it. Bigger contractors are often keener to do this than smaller companies. Larger Companies Are Often More Willing to Negotiate Larger companies will often put a larger markup on the job they are quoting for and can therefore offer more of a discount. This is especially true for the sort of company that will offer you a glossy brochure and a salesperson to talk the process through with you. Salespeople often have a mandate to reduce the price and will want to do this anyway in order get your business and achieve their commission. Be careful though, as this may still make the quote less competitive than that of smaller companies. Smaller companies will often be less unscrupulous when it comes to quoting for work. They will often just work out the cost of materials and add their hourly rate to it. This is the quote they will give you. There is often little room for them to negotiate unless they want to work for a smaller hourly rate, and most of them don’t. Their quote can work out cheaper than that of a large company though, so it is worth shopping around for the best price overall. It may be more difficult to negotiate with a roofing contractor than with some other home improvement companies, but remember, it is always worth asking the question. It is up to the contractor if they want to reduce the price to get the work or if they will refuse. Then you can decide if you want to go ahead anyway or negotiate elsewhere.Read More
How to Find the Best Roofing Company?
ou and your loved ones are safe and secure, your roof is an important part of your home. However, there are warning signs like cracks and leaks in your roof that should never be ignored. Should you encounter any red flags, you mustn’t wait to call a roofing company for help. However, with many providers in your area, it can be difficult to pick the right company who will live up to your expectations. To get good value for money and ensure they satisfy your needs, here is a guide on how to find the best roofing company. Head Online Thanks to technology, you can simply head onto your laptop or tablet to begin the process of finding a roofing company. When starting your research, you will notice that the most reputable and reliable roofing companies appear at the top of search engine ranking results. This usually indicates that they are well-established and known in the area. Instead of clicking on the first link you see, it’s best to look at a few websites that will give you a better idea on who to pick. All the best roofing companies will invest in their website and may have a blog page where you can get to know them better and see how they can help. Narrow Down Your List After visiting a number of roofing company websites, now is the time to narrow down your search. Rather than keeping your options open, it’s best to limit your search to just three companies. Once you have done this, you should make a list of the pros and cons associated with each provider that allows you to compare and differentiate between the kinds of products and services each business offers. For example, if your roof has sustained water and moisture damage, there may be a particular roofing company that has more experience in this area who you may want to consider choosing. Ask for an Assessment Once you’re ready to reach out to roofing companies in your area, all reputable contractors will be more than happy to provide a complimentary, no-obligation assessment to determine any damage to your roof and what needs to be fixed. If you don’t live in a town or major city, contractors may require a travel fee. However, the cost tends to be minimal. Look for a Contractor that Listens When a contractor visits your home to carry out a roof assessment, you should know within an instant whether they’re right for the project. They should have excellent communication and listening skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with a particular contractor, simply carry on with your search. When you factor in the amount of money you may need to shell out on your roof, you don’t want to make the mistake of picking a contractor who doesn’t listen to your opinion. Look at Past Work The best roofing companies in your area will have an extensive portfolio of work that they can show you. While you may initially be drawn to contractors who have many years in the business, that’s not to say they are the most reliable. Newly established roofing businesses can be just as good as those with lots of experience. You can look at photos and videos of the contractors past work which will give you more confidence in them. Check Out Customer Testimonials In addition to checking out past work, contractors will have tons of customer testimonials that will make the decision process easier. All reputable roofing companies should have customer ratings and reviews proudly displayed on their website or blog. Naturally, they will not put up a string of negative reviews, so it’s best to look at websites like Trustpilot that will give you unbiased reviews of the business. If you notice that the roofing company doesn’t have many positive appraisals, this is a warning sign you shouldn’t ignore. Know the Costs Whether your roof is missing shingles, or you want the whole thing replaced, you must know the costs before work gets underway. The last thing you want is for hidden costs and charges to present themselves later down the line, so knowing your budget and liaising with your roofing company from the beginning will mean there aren’t any nasty surprises. All reliable roofing companies will give you a quote from the start that you can compare with your budget to ensure you can afford the service. After having assessments carried out, you will get a better idea of how much everything will cost, including materials used, and the cost of labor. Have Everything in Writing Whether it’s the proposal, price quotations, checkups, or product guarantee, you must make sure the roofing company you pick has everything documented in writing. Should anything go wrong along the way, you can be confident there won’t be any hidden charges that you weren’t aware of. Above anything else, make sure you thoroughly read through the contract and be aware of the terms and conditions. Ask Questions Whatever you need doing to your roof, you may have a ton of questions that you want answering. All respectable roofing companies will be more than happy to address any queries you may have. If you find they’re unable to answer a question, this may mean they’re not qualified for the job, so it may be better to look elsewhere. Whether it’s how long the project will take, or how many people are needed, don’t be afraid to get anything clarified before work starts. Whether your roof has sustained water damage, or you have missing shingles, tiles or stones, there may come a time when you need to enlist the help of a roofing company. To ensure you pick the best roofing provider in your area, the decision process may take longer than you think. However, when it comes to getting excellent value for money and getting the best job possible, it’s better to be safe than sorry.Read More