What metal roof panel is right for me?

There are literally dozens of metal roof varieties on the market and one of the main questions we get as people who sell metal roof clips and components is ‘how do I select the right panel for my home?’ That answer is usually discovered through going over a variety of criteria and circumstances – of which we’ll discuss today.

Here are a few of the things you need to take into consideration when looking for the right metal roof panel for your project. Let’s jump right in!

Slope

Slope is an important aspect as it will eliminate several types of panels almost immediately. The pitch is important because things like rain water, snow and ice all accumulate differently and how steep your pitch is will go a long ways towards determining what you need.

If it’s a low-slope roof, you’ll be happy to hear that you won’t have to pay quite as much money as a roof with a higher pitch. It’ll also require significantly fewer materials to build with – so you’ll get some material cost breaks as well.

Steep slope roofs are a little different story in that they’re more expensive, but are also a little more resistant to damage and the elements as it’s harder for snow and water to accumulate at a given point in time. Not only that, but the steeper pitches tend to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing as well.

Location and climate

Location is a huge factor in what kind of panel you’ll need to invest in. Not only will you have the challenges of the elements like the heat and salt water in the south or the rain and snow in the north – but you’ll also have to deal with an even wider range of regulation and permitting issues. Both can significantly impact the project.

Engineering

Depending on the size and structure of your home, it might not be able to withstand certain types of roof models as they might be too heavy or cumbersome. This is an area that will need true technical expertise. Make sure that during your project – an engineer has a say.

Other considerations

There are a few other things to keep in mind. Things like substrates or the materials your house is framed with – might not be capable with certain frames. The type of panel is also a concern – are you looking at something with standing seams or through-fastened? Even the Geometry of your home is something you’ll have to consider.

In any event – buying a new roof is a big commitment and as such, there’s a lot you’ll need to take into consideration. Hopefully these tips help get you a point to start from and if you need any guidance, feel free to give us a call!

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