For all home construction projects, corrugated roofing panels are a great choice. However, you must be aware of the quality of corrugated roofing panels being used by roofing contractors. Not all roofing contractors are going to explain the merits and demerits of corrugated roofing panels to you. You must do your homework well if you really want to spot an honest and dedicated roofing contractor.
Here are a few important things about corrugated roofing panels that you should know about:
Corrugated roofing panels are always made of metal or fiberglass. Panels come in varying sizes, and you can also order custom sized panels. If you have some experience in fixing broken roofing panels, you can easily install corrugated roofing panels on your own. You won’t need to seek professional help from roofing contractors if you are confident about following these basic installation instructions:
- If you need to install corrugated roofing panels over an old roof, make sure you purchase longer nails. Your nails should pass all through the old layers of your roof to fix all panels permanently on top. You may one inch nails for that.
- Remember the fact that corrugated roofing panels will always have a shorter coverage area than their actual length and width. All your corrugated roofing panels will be overlapping each other by around 1.5 – 2 inches. For example, a 45 inch corrugated roofing panel will have a total coverage area around 43 inches. You can use a utility knife to cut a thin fiberglass corrugated roofing panel in appropriate sizes. For panels made of metal, you will need a circular saw. A utility knife is no good in case of a metal panel.
- A corrugated roofing panel should be chosen according to your specific needs. Fiberglass panels may just melt if you install them in hot areas. Similarly, metal panels will produce too much heat inside. These two types of corrugated roofing panels are not suitable for hot areas. Roofing contractors may suggest a ceiling insulation to protect you from excessive heat due to metal roofing. However, it will cost you more to save your home from turning into an oven due to metal roofing during summers.
Corrugated roofing panels are not suitable for areas that are known to receive high rainfall, as the noise produced by raindrops hitting your roofing panels can be highly irritating.