Meta shingle roofs and standing seam metal roofs are two of the most reliable roofing systems. These two types of metal roofs are known for their increased durability and energy efficiency. However, a standing seam metal roofing system is challenging to install correctly, even for some roofing contractors.
Due to the lack of adequate training, some professional roofers tend to ignore the increased significance of ensuring the structural integrity of a metal roof and creating watertight seams by connecting the panels. This incorrect approach to metal roof installation can cause some severe problems like roof leaks and voiding of manufacturer’s warranty.
The following are some of the best metal roof seaming practices that all metal roofing contractors should follow to achieve a smooth metal roof seaming:
Proper Training Of Roofing Mechanics
Metal roof seaming is a highly complicated and critical process, that’s why it should only be left to the highly skilled roofing professionals. Roofers required to perform this work must brush up their skills through proper training. The key is to make sure that the installation of seaming metal roofs is only carried out by professionals who can handle the job.
Using The Right Seaming Equipment
The seaming equipment being utilized must be matched to the requirements of particular roof panel systems being installed. The majority of the manufacturers also rent out these specific tools to ensure that the metal roofing contractors install metal panel profiles properly. Using the wrong equipment can seriously damage the metal panels and seams, which can be extremely costly for everyone involved.
Using Hand Crimpers Properly
Metal clips are meant to secure metal panels. These metal clips are usually placed as per the installation and engineering needs of a particular metal roofing project. Make proper use of hand crimpers to form seams around the metal clips and any end laps. This is one of the essential steps involved in installing metal roof seaming as inadequate use of hand crimpers can result in faulty seaming.
Using The Correct Electrical Source For Electric Seamer
To make the best use of an electric seamer, you’ll require a dedicated electrical circuit from an existing building’s electrical panel. The majority of the electrical seamers consist of an AC/DC motor requiring 10 to 15 amps and 120 volts. Ensure that the power line connected to the seamer is 10-gauge (minimum) cord, and not more than 200 feet long to prevent any power loss.
Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for any restrictions on the use of specific electrical power sources to avoid seamer damage. Electrical outlets from a non-seamer generator or a powered man lift should not be utilized for operating electric seamers.
Ensuring Maximum Safety
It’s vital to operate electric seamers correctly to avoid injury problems – it’s a heavy machine that should always be tied off with a safety line. Avoid using an electrical cord or an ordinary rope for this purpose. Care should be taken to secure the safety line to the electrical seamer and attach it to a rigid building surface.
Maintaining Proper Cleaning
Inspect the electrical seamer and get rid of any dirt, debris, or oil present in it before each use. Always ensure that the electric seamer is detached from the electrical power source when you start cleaning. Besides, examine the grease levels present in the machine daily and add accordingly. Maintain an optimum level of grease – excess quantity of grease will lead to leakage onto the metal roof.