How to Install Residential Metal Roofing Panels

March 7, 2018 4:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Metal roofing panels are designed to be easy to install, and to be reliable once installed. In this blog we will explain the basics for installing the two most common types of metal roofing panels: those with exposed fasteners and those with hidden fasteners. After this crash course, you should have a good idea of how to get going on installing residential metal roofing in Alaska on your own.

Exposed-fastener residential metal roofing panels

  • Start square with your eave: The vertical line of your metal panel should run straight to a 90-degree perpendicular angle with your eave. If your first panel isn’t square, all your panels are going to be off, so you need to be really careful with your first panel.
  • Cut panel, leaving an inch and a half for an eave trim: If your panel is too long, you’ll need to cut it. You want it to overhang the edge of your eave by, at most, an inch and a half.
  • Apply sealant: Apply sealant tape between your panel and the eave, where the panel touches the eave. Sealant should be applied between all layers of metal.
  • Install: Double check that your panel is still square, then go ahead and place a screw first into the fastening strip, which will keep the panel still, and then you can install the rest of the screws. Make sure to use a screw with a low-profile head, which won’t bend or create a divot in the panel. Make sure to seal the fasteners to keep the panels water tight.

Hidden-fastener residential metal roofing panels

  • First, the offset cleat must be installed: The offset cleat is what allows the fasteners to be hidden in the installation. It’s installed along the eave.
  • Bend edge of panel: Bend the panel by cutting at each side of the panel two cuts about an inch up. Then fold the panel in underneath. This will allow the end of your metal panel to “clip” into place using the installed offset cleat. This is how the fasteners remain hidden. For a true 180-degree bend, use your hemming tool. You’ll then cut the male rib of the panel back about a quarter of an inch so the next panel can fit snugly.
  • Install: Clip the panel into the cleat, then put a fastener into the nailing flange, again using a low-profile-head screw. When installation is done, look for any edge of the roof that sticks out, and use a rubber mallet to flatten it.

Residential metal roofing in Alaska

Superior Products Inc. has been the most trusted supplier of residential metal roofing in Alaska for over three decades. In that time, we’ve always been on the cutting edge of metal housing materials, and have always attempted to provide only the highest quality products at the best possible prices. Because of that commitment, Superior Products Inc. has been the trusted provider of residential metal roofing and siding for thousands of projects nationwide. If you’d like to learn what makes us different, or hear about our products and prices, please give us a call today!

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