It always helps when you’re going out to buy something and you already have an idea of what you want.
The same principle applies to when you are looking to install metal roofing in your home. Its efficiency is based on the design you select.
Let’s see how you can make the best choice for your roofing system!
The slop is the first and most important component of your metal roofing. Choosing the correct slope leads to the correct idea of how long you will be able to maintain your roofing system. You can choose between the following two main types.
Metal roofing that is flat actually raises problems with water drainage. It is designed in a way that water cannot escape it after a heavy rainfall and stays contained on top of it until it is drained out. This type of roof can face many leakage issues if the drainage system installed with it is not efficient enough!
Many residential houses install a steep slope for their metal roofing. This system basically nullifies the need of installing gutters on the metal roof. Water simply does not accumulate on the roof as it slides right off it during the rain due to a steep slope.
As far as design for metal roofing is concerned you can choose from the following two main types.
In addition to being flat, a hydrostatic roof is made with materials that can support the stay of water on top of it without creating any sort of leakage issue or damage to the internal components of the roof. A hydrostatic roof is generally installed in commercial buildings because they have appropriate systems in place for taking care of the collected water on top.
As the name suggests, this design of the roof enables movement of water. In addition to being steep, it is made up of materials that wouldn’t hold water for long without getting damaged in the process. Most of the times, residential homes use this type of roofing system.
Metal roofing uses vertical seams in many roofs unless you specifically choose another type. Sometimes, the vertical seams work for you. However, when they don’t, you have an option to install horizontal seams which run perpendicular to the vertical seams. You can also install metal shingles which are similar to asphalt shingles so you can maintain the old look of your home.
In fact, if you are working over an existing asphalt roof, you should go for metal shingles for sure. It removes the requirement to tear-off your existing roofing system completely.
Your metal roofing system is only as good as the design you choose for it. Make a well-informed choice!