Essential Metal Roofing Materials for Installation and Maintenance

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  • 12-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 4000-4,000
What You'll Need
Felt shield
Roof jacks – for attachment
Roofing felt – is a common type of tar paper used for waterproofing
Eaves drip
Ladder, for support
Galvanized metal
Measurement tape
Roof coating
Caulk – to seal the joints
Wire brush – to clean the surface
Rubber gloves
Safety goggles
A first-aid kit
Knee pads

Metal roofing is preferred by many for its durable and superior nature. Installing a metal roof is a one-time investment, devoid of any additional repair costs. However, you should have thorough knowledge about the various materials required for the entire installation procedure.

Different Types of Metal Roofs

Galvanized steel and corrugated galvanized iron are some of the popular materials used for metal roofing. Stainless steel is also preferred by users for its stain-free quality.

Aluminum roofs are also used for metal roofing, because of its lightweight and corrosion-resistant nature. Copper and stone-coated steel are also used as metal roof materials.

Copper roofs are popular among consumers for their durability.

Metal Roof Coatings

Maintenance is a major aspect of metal-roof construction. Several types of coatings are used to coat metal panels. Asphalt or polymeric coatings are generally used for metal panels. Use non-corrosive metal flux for steel metal roofing. Use acid flux for copper metal roofing.

Materials Required for Maintenance

Metal roofs will need recoating once the finish wears off or else corrosion will set in. Use roof coatings, since they are able to stay elastic and withstand the thermal cycling process that occurs in metal roofs.


Sealants are necessary for the maintenance of your roof. EternaBond, Micro sealant is used for metal roofing. It is easy to apply and offers protection from climatic changes and extreme weather conditions. A PVDF or Polyvinylidene Fluoride coating can also be used instead of a sealant. PVDF coating lasts for around 9 to 10 years.

Installing metal roofing is not an easy task and involves a certain degree of risk.

Ensure that you follow the concerned safety precautions to avoid any sort of untoward incidents. Wear safety goggles throughout the process. Wear rubber gloves since the roofing material consists of sharp edges. The roofing material tends to disintegrate during the installation and care must be taken to avoid them.

You should also wear head-gear while on the roof-top. A ladder will also be required for climbing to the top of the roof. Borrow a ladder with a firm base from your neighbor if you do not have on yourself. A first-aid box should always be at hand.