A standing seam metal roof is a roof whose seam that joins the adjacent panels of the roof are standing upright and perpendicular to the roof itself. The benefits of this roof structure are the superior watertight seam and the pleasing architectural appearance. Another benefit of the standing seam metal roof is that, unlike shingles, installation appears far less tedious. However, that doesn’t mean it is ideal for the do it yourselfer. There are several things to consider when asking, “is installing a metal roof a good Baton Rouge DIY project?”
Why should you hire a professional to install your standing seam metal roof?
- It generally costs less. Professional roofers can get materials for less and usually will already have all of the necessary tools. They also know proper measuring, installation, and safety methods because they are seasoned professionals.
- Professional roofers know what parts of your previous roof can be reused and which need to be replaced, saving you money again.
- When it comes to roofs, faster is better. Professional roofers can install new roofs much faster than one can alone. Most roofing companies offer warranties so you can be assured that your project will be completed.
- Last but not least, you do not have to worry once a professional roofing company takes over. They handle everything from the beginning to the end so that you do not have to.
Problems associated with installing your own standing seam metal roof:
While installing a standing seam metal roof yourself is an option, there are risks involved. Shingles that were already on your roof may puncture the vertical sheet metal roofing panels and cause dents. In addition, if asphalt shingles are not properly removed, they can rub against the metal roofing panels, causing them to rust. It can become even more difficult to measure and install correctly if your roof contains chimneys, skylights, dormers, or valleys where you may need flashing.
Simple mistakes can become very costly when installing your own standing seam metal roof. And it’s only natural that a few mistakes would be made. After all, this isn’t something you do every day. But we do. If you would like to learn more about what metal roofs have to offer, or would like to talk with someone about purchasing a new roof, our team at Cribbs would love to hear from you.