If you are ready to replace your asphalt shingles, metal tiles can be a great option to consider for your home. When you are doing a new roof installation with metal tiles, it will be different from the removed shingles. There are things you want to know about the installation of metal roofing tiles and the work that needs to be done. The following information will prepare you to replace your asphalt shingles with new metal tile roofing:
Removing the Shingles and Inspecting the Decking
The shingles are going to need to be removed before anything can be done. This is the easiest part of the project. When removing the old shingles, you want to protect landscaping and exteriors from damage. You can rent a roll-off container to have the old shingles hauled away as soon as they are removed. Once the shingles are removed, start inspecting the roof decking for issues that need to be repaired.
Repairing Decking and Dealing with Other Issues
The decking may also need to have some repairs done. There are different repairs and improvements that need to be done to the decking and roof structure, including:
- Repairing issues with rotten decking
- Correcting imperfections (humps or dips in the roof)
- Improving watershed to eliminate water traps
The improvements to prevent water traps will ensure your new tile roofing doesn't have any issues with leaks after installation is completed.
Installing the Moisture Barrier and Flashing
The metal tile roof needs more than a conventional moisture barrier like asphalt felt paper. The materials need to be more durable and resistant to leaks. There are other features that will need to be installed with the moisture barrier, including:
- Using a thicker, more durable moisture barrier
- Adding an ice barrier around the roof perimeter
- Reinforcing the flashing with a rubber membrane
The moisture barriers that you have installed with roofing tiles can be self-sealing. This can prevent problems with leaks that start around nails and screws when the new roof is installed.
Installing the Metal Roofing Tile Materials
The installation of the metal tiles is a little different than installing asphalt shingles. There are a couple of different options for the way the new tiles are installed on your roof, including:
- Overlapping metal tiles
- Interlocking metal roofing tile systems
- Stamped metal roofing tiles (available in overlapping or interlocking systems)
The tiles need to be installed by an experienced roof installation contractor. This will ensure that you don't have problems with the installation of your new roof that can cause problems.
The installation of metal tiles can be a great investment in premium materials that will outlast the asphalt shingles you have removed. If you are ready to update your home with new roofing, contact a local roofer for more information about roof installation services.