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Installing Curved Metal Roofing Yourself

Nov 16, 2007
Curved metal roofing adds appeal and a touch of class to any home. Latest technology has allowed extremely sophisticated metal roofing with different accentuating curves to aesthetically complement buildings incorporating complex architectural designs. Taking advantage of the curved metal roofing designs, saving on time and cost, many homeowners instead of entrusting the work to professionals take on roofing projects themselves. Curved metal roofing looks very elegant. At the same time the material and the installation is tough. However, if you want to do everything yourself, you will find that it is not very difficult to handle small projects in curved metal roofing that do not require special tools or expertise and which can be completed by using some basic material and tools. Most of these things can be purchased from your local home improvement store.

Before installing a curved metal roof, a few things need to be done. First, measure the roof in order to determine the proper quantity of material required. You need to do some intelligent measuring, as the roof is a curved one. Therefore, the flat surface and the curves need to be accurately measured so that you do not run short of metal to cover the entire roof during actual installation. It is advisable to buy slightly more than what is required as per measurements to prevent any unforeseen shortage of material.

After determining the quantity of metal required, it is time to shop for the right material. While choosing the material, it is necessary to ensure that the material is flexible enough to allow you to bend it to the desired shape. Metal is available in different levels of hardness and choosing the incorrect type would not enable the exact curves that you want.

Next is the actual installation. This is the trickiest part of your roofing project. However, there is ample help available in the form of guides and tutorials for do-it-yourself curved metal roofing projects. Many guides are provided along with the material you purchase and can make the installation process easy and uncomplicated.

While proceeding with the installation it would be necessary to first bend the metal into curves according to the design that you want to give to your roof. This can be completed with the help of appropriate tools. Thereafter, you will have to fix these bent metal pieces safely and securely to the roof using proper tools and fasteners. Once this is done, make a detailed inspection to ensure that there are no gaps that can lead to leaks. If you find any such places, fill them up with metal caulk.

It is important to avoid denting or damaging the metal during the installation process, as this will make it difficult to install and will give it a shabby appearance after installation. Exercising due care and using proper material and tools as per instructions contained in the guides/tutorials for installation will enable you to install a curved metal roof that is strong, long lasting and pleasing to the eye as well.
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Classic Metal Roofs LCC offers Metal Roofing and Flat Roofing in Southern New England including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Southern New Hampshire. Want to save big on your energy cost? Read about energy cost at our website http://www.classicmetalroofs.com.
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