As we’re sure you know, metal roof installation (or any construction, really) is a big, tough job. It needs to be thoroughly planned to ensure that your roof is built properly and goes the distance.
Make no mistake, good planning is crucial.
The problem is that, well, it’s a big job. Your metal roofing plan needs to go over a lot of different things. As such, it’s easy to get lost.
And that means the potential for mistakes, some small, some large, some catastrophic!
Mistake #1: Assuming that all metal roofing is the same
Take our word for it, this couldn’t be further from the truth!
There are many different types of metal and alloys out there, each with its own unique qualities and properties.
The problem is that these unique attributes directly affect durability and strength. For example, aluminium is lighter and humidity-resistant, sure – but it’s also less resistant to dents.
At Watermaster Roofing, we trust COLORBOND metal sheets. Using high-quality steel as well as proprietary additives and protective coatings, we’re able to guarantee a metal roof that’ll last for years.
Not to mention, certain metals can’t be combined!
A common side-effect of putting two different metals in contact with each other is that one experiences accelerated corrosion at the expense of the other.
Curious to learn more? Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the chemistry behind it all.
Mistake #2: Estimating and measuring errors
Another common mistake that many would-be renovators make is committing measurement errors.
Take it from us, metal roofing installation requires some extremely precise measurements.
While a couple of millimetres may not sound like a big deal, they have the potential to throw your entire roof installation off course!
To avoid this, we strongly advise against trying to measure your roof on your own. Instead, you’ll want to put the task of estimating and measuring your roof in the hands of a professional.
In addition to metal roofing installation, Watermaster Roofing also carries out all of the preliminary jobs that come with a new roof.
And that includes measuring and estimating.
Our team of roofing experts don’t use a tape measure and clipboard – we use modern tools that give us exact measurements. As the saying goes – measure twice, cut once!
Mistake #3: Neglecting roof plumbing
Another mistake we often have to correct in people’s metal roofing plans is roof plumbing – or rather, the complete lack of it!
If you ask us, roof plumbing is the black sheep of the metal roofing process. While essential to your roof, roof plumbing fixtures such as gutters, drains and downpipes sometimes become an afterthought, neglected throughout the early stages of planning.
Why do roof plumbers matter? It’s simple: these fixtures protect your roof from water damage by evacuating rainwater.
Without them, water sits around on your roof. This can accelerate rust, cause leaks, and result in significant damage to your property’s foundations.
Mistake #4: Choosing the lowest bidder for roof installation
This is a big one.
Think about how important your metal roof is. The role it plays in your home is crucial – as such, you’ll want to make sure it’s carried out to the highest possible standard.
Unfortunately, you won’t always get that by going with the cheapest installer you can find.
Price always plays a big factor in any roofing installation project. We totally understand that you want to keep expenses down – who wouldn’t?
The thing is, cheaping out just isn’t worth it.
Choosing the lowest bid may lead to quality and installation being compromised – quality materials, experienced installers and high-end tools cost money.
And over time, the cost of repairs, maintenance and fixes can easily end up costing more than just going with a better installer right off the bat!
We suggest looking at multiple bidders and meeting each of them. This will give you a better idea on their knowledge and expertise when it comes to roofing installations.
In particular, you’ll want to ask things like:
- How long have you been doing metal roofing installation?
- Did you go through a licensing program?
- Does insurance cover your work?
- What metal roofing do you use?
If you can find reviews or touch base with some of their previous clients, all the better!
Need more tips to help you choose a metal roofing installer? Click here to read our opinions on the matter.
Metal roofing installation done right
Get Watermaster Roofing to look after your planning for you!
Roofing installations are big projects. It pays to bring a professional on board as early as possible.
And that includes the planning stage.
Watermaster Roofing has been in the metal roofing business for almost two decades. Our fully-licensed and experienced team can take a look at your metal roofing plan and make amendments to guarantee a strong roof.
Trust us, we know our stuff!