For a successful metal roofing project, it is essential to have the right accessories. The type of metal roof, the size and type of building, the shape of the building, and even where you live can all affect what types of accessories you need for your metal roofing project. In this article, we'll go over what types of accessories are most popular and some that are specific to particular projects. Let's discuss each accessory to help you figure out which one is best for your needs.
Metal Roofing Accessories
Some types of metal roofing accessories are only appropriate for specific building types. A spacer is a significant accessory for metal roofing because it creates space to place the metal roofing panels. Metal roofing spacer accessories are installed on all building types but are most important on roofing projects for flat roofs.
There are different types of metal roofing cushions, and they come in all sizes and shapes. For flat roofs and small buildings, spacers are typically all that is needed. They are available in many different colours and styles, as well as aluminum and steel versions. Most spacers are stackable to help make handling the spacers easier and more efficient.
Other metal roofing accessories for consideration are closure strips, foam closures, metal purlins (cee purlins and zee purlins), and cee channels are all essential components to your metal roofing system.
Metal grates and shields allow you to cover a wide area on your roof while reducing the glare from the sun. Metal grates and shields match the same materials as the roofs, such as zinc, tin, or stainless steel. These are available in many sizes and shapes to suit a variety of roofs. Grates are lightweight and are easy to install, whereas shields are much heavier and can be installed by a professional. The price is usually higher with shields, but they may last longer and may also add style. Metal shingles are similar to standard shingles in that they are flat, but they are different in their design to meet requirements specific to roofs. These are available in both flat and curved forms and an infinite number of colours.
Snow Retention Systems
Most people with metal roofs use snow retention systems to keep the roof in shape in the winter. Snow retention systems are one of the most popular metal roofing accessories because they help keep the roof from buckling in the winter and offer protection from the elements in other seasons. Snow removal is usually pretty easy once you have snow retention systems installed. If you have an existing metal roof, it's possible to install snow retention systems at any time. However, if you have a new metal roof, you'll want to wait until you get a chance to go through the process of installing the metal roofing system before putting in a snow retention system. We've worked with Snow Guards, aka snow stops and snow cleats, and Snow Bars. We have experience installing snow guards on any metal roof. There are various snow retention systems for metal roofs, including snow guards for metal tile panels, snap-lock standing seam roofs, and snow guards for traditional standing seam roofs. We love to install snow retention systems that offer aesthetic appeal in addition to function, which is why we leave sno gems. Contact us if you have snow dams on top of your metal roof, and we can help offer the ideal solutions for your roof.
Solar Mounting Systems
Solar mounting systems can help you reduce energy costs. Solar mounting systems come in different types: solar carports, solar shingles, and solar panels. Solar carports are similar to commercial carports but typically smaller. Solar shingles come in various styles to complement the function and aesthetic of your building or the roof of a carport. Solar panels are similar to commercial solar panels, but solar panels are more significant and placed on your roof than commercial solar panels. There are different types of solar panels, including monocrystalline and multi-crystalline silicon solar panels. Pairing metal roof with solar energy systems makes sense due to the lifespan of metal roofs. Our preference is for a zero-penetration system for solar panels on metal roofs. If you are considering solar panels for your metal roofing system, we will help review your options to install the correct type of metal roof for your home and that we can install the ideal solar mounting hardware. We focus on fewer components, lightweight materials, better load distribution when considering solar mounting systems for your metal roof.
Utility Mounting Systems & Roofing Clips
There are two main types of roofing hardware accessories that we prefer utility mounting systems and roofing clips. Utility mounting systems are the best choice for larger projects, while roofing clips, on the other hand, work better for smaller projects. Our roofing contractors can install mounting hardware to install shingles over a roof that has a clip system. Utility mounting systems attach items to roofs that will be in use or on display. We use utility mounting systems for air conditioning units, satellite dishes, and solar panels. Roofing clips are easier to use than utility mounting systems because they can be installed without any tools at all. Utility mounting systems are the more expensive of the two and come in many forms. They are attached to the top of the roof directly and do not need to be shimmed or glued onto the roof's surface. The main advantage of utility mounting systems is that they allow you to install many small roofing accessories to the roof without removing them and installing them one at a time. You can attach them to the metal part of the roof directly, making them efficient and straightforward to install. On the other hand, as the name suggests, roofing clips attach to the top of the metal roof. You can use roofing clips to attach everything from flags and flashing to fasteners.
Plumbing Flashings & Pipe Boots
It's essential to make sure that you install proper plumbing for your roof. If you want to avoid leaking roofs, you will need to install proper flashing and pipe boots. Flashing seals the joints where the roof meets the walls, and pipe boots are installed at the ends of pipes to prevent water from entering them. Choosing the right accessories for your metal roof can make all the difference in how well-protected and durable your roof is. From installing pipe boots to adding a layer of ice and water shield, we can help you keep your home safe and sound. Good flashing system design, installation and maintenance can avoid the majority of drainage problems. The most common cause of roof leaks is missing or damaged flashing. Metal roofing accessories are the perfect way to protect your home from the elements. Among other things, metal roofing accessories can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They also help fight mould, mildew, and rot that could compromise your roof's integrity.
Decorative Roofing Accents
Metal roofing accents come in many different forms. Some accent pieces, such as decorative tiles, are used on their own. Other accessories, like dormers, cupolas, finials, pinnacles, and spires, are used to enhance the look of the entire roofing project and add to the home's character. As metal roofs are higher than flat roofs, there is a need to have edges on the metal roofing. Edge pieces are required for your metal roofing project but can offer visual curb appeal in addition to the function they provide. There are two different metal roofing edges: flat metal roofing edges and overhang metal roofing edges. Flat metal roofing edges are less expensive and more commonly used for aesthetic projects. Overhang metal roofing edges are slightly more expensive and more commonly used for aesthetic projects. Each of the types of metal roofing edges has its pros and cons. Metal roofs offer new and innovative decorative accent options, but you can still add traditional accessories, so don't stress installing a weathervane.
Specific Types of Metal Roofing Accessories
Metal gutters are a necessity for all metal roofing projects. They are very effective at keeping the rain from getting into your attic. They are the most commonly installed metal roofing accessories. As long as you don't need gutters for your walls or your structure (i.e., a metal shed, etc.), you can install them for a metal roof project. However, they are not very popular for metal roofs that are open on all sides, as they won't protect the interior of your home if the gutters fall or leak. You can, however, install them on a metal roof for a home with multiple sides that are open. Also, consider installing a gutter guard on the roof above the gutter to keep the rainwater from entering the gutters and falling directly on your home. Most metal roofing professionals will cut their flashing from sheet metal. Custom crafting flashing is a quick and easy way to save money and time without having to order a premade flashing kit that may not be in stock or even available at the store where you bought the rest of your supplies. Customized accessories for your metal roof are just another aspect of the care and attention to detail we make when installing roofing systems.
There are many options available for metal roofing, so it's crucial to figure out what you want in your roof before getting started. The most popular options are flashing, metal shingles, metal ridge vents, and metal weatherstripping, so we will discuss each of these accessories in detail. These will then be divided into the pros and cons of each and the most popular projects for each to help you figure out which option is best for you. The most popular metal roofing accessories include flashing, metal shingles, metal ridge vents, and metal weatherstripping. We'll go over each of these in detail and then compare them to other popular options to help you figure out which option is best for your project.