Installing Metal Panels On A Gable Roof

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Hot sunshine, harsh winters, and high winds can take a heavy toll on traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles can usually take the pounding for awhile, but they'll have to be replaced after a decade or two of exposure to the elements. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last up to five decades before the elements wear them down. If you are looking for a long lasting roofing material that isn't too difficult to install, you might want to consider replacing your asphalt shingles with a metal roof (through professionals such as those from Premium Panels Inc). Here is how you can install a metal panels on a Gable Roof:

Remove Old Roofing Materials

The first part is the hardest part—you should remove the old roofing materials before you install the metal panels. This means you need to scrap off all the old shingles with a shingle scraper. You begin at the peak of the roof and scrap your way down until the bare wood is exposed on the roof—you should rent a dumpster before you begin this job as you'll be creating a big mess. Check for damage to the plywood sheathing and replace any boards that are rotting away.

Installing Metal Panels

You should lay down insulation or felt paper over the bare boards before you install the metal panels. The insulation not only helps to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, but it also helps to prevent moisture from getting in under the panels. Moisture will rot out the plywood boards again. The eave flashing goes on next—make sure the flashing overlaps the gutters so water draining off the roof flows into the gutters. Start installing the first metal panel along the longest point between the eaves and top of the roof line—make sure the side flap on the panel faces away from the prevailing winds in your locations (the side flap is the part of the panel that rests over the top of the next panel as you put them together). Hold the panel in place using neoprene washer head screws spaced every 12 inches along the length of the panel. Place butyl caulk tape along the edge of the panel before installing the next panel—this helps to prevent moisture from entering between the panels seams. Repeat this process until the roof is completely covered with panels. Add flashing to the peak of the roof to close the open seam where the top edges of the panels meet. 


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Lawn Care Maintenance: A Year Round Effort

Most of us take great pride in our homes and do everything we can to ensure its beauty and comfort. While attending to our home's interior, we sometimes tend to neglect the lawn, especially during winter. Since moving into my "dream home" I feel compelled to maintain the lawn and garden as impeccably as I do the interior. That's why I've hired a lawn care team to see that my landscape is in tip-top shape all year round. I've learned the importance of fertilization during the late fall and early winter. Keeping the lawn trimmed during those cold winter months will help, too. The experts even help prepare my lawn for the upcoming spring. During this time, family celebrations and parties are plentiful, and I plan to have the best looking lawn on the block. I can't wait for spring to come!