When installing a roof, one factor that a contractor needs to take into consideration is the roof's slope. The slope of a roof plays a vital role in the installation of exposed fastener metal panels.
The Impact of the Roof Slope
The roof slope affects exposed fastener metal panel installation in several ways, such as the roof's aesthetic appeal. The slope of a roof determines how visible the fasteners will be. If the pitch is too low, the fasteners will be more visible, affecting the roof's overall appearance. The only thing you want to see on your roof is the beautiful shingles, not the fasteners that hold them in place.
The Roof Slope and the Potential for Leaks
Another factor to consider is the potential for leaks. Metal roofing panels overlap and prevent water from seeping through. However, if the roof's slope is too low, water can accumulate on the roof and seep through the overlapping panels, causing leaks and water damage to the roof. Also, water can cause the interior to become damaged.
The roof might need a different type of drainage system. With very flat roofs, you may need a drain on the roof that carries water away.
Resistance to Wind
The roof's slope also affects the metal panels' wind uplift resistance. The higher the slope, the less likely the panels will lift from the roof deck during a windstorm because the force of the wind is spread out over a larger surface area, reducing the pressure on any one point.
The Impact on the Installation of Your Roof
Finally, the roof slope affects the cost of installation. Installing metal panels on a low-slope roof requires more materials and labor than on a high-slope roof because low-slope roofs require additional waterproofing measures to prevent leaks.
Why You Need a Roofing Contractor
The slope of a roof is a crucial factor to consider when installing exposed fastener metal panels. It affects the aesthetic appeal, the potential for leaks, wind uplift resistance, and installation cost. Therefore, it is essential to consult with a professional roofing contractor to determine the best slope for your metal roofing project.
You might decide to install the roof yourself, but this can be very dangerous. You might also end up with a roof that leaks or isn't resistant to wind. Therefore, it's better to hire a roofing installation specialist. Reach out to a local roofing contractor to learn more.