The number of property owners who choose to install a tin roof is growing with every passing day. Once you consider the benefits of this system, it becomes easy to understand their decision. This material is durable, flexible, and resistant to weather, which means that it’s one of the best options for both homes and industrial buildings in Toronto, and Canada in general.
Tin roofing panels, sheets, shingles, and tiles are available in a variety of colors and coatings. Therefore, you can find something that will match your property design. Please check out the specialized color selection tools to choose the best options for you. Sometimes installing red, green, or blue metal shingles can transform the building completely and boost its curb appeal and value. We at Royal Roofing Inc. are experienced tin roofing contractors and will be able to help you choose, install, repair and maintain this excellent system.
How to Install Tin Roofing
The first and most important thing you need to understand before installing a tin roof is the fact that this job must be performed by professionals. Only experienced technicians with specialized training will be able to carry out this task properly and ensure that you get all the benefits this system has to offer.
Please note that the manufacturer’s warranty for your roofing tin panels, tiles, or shingles will be valid only if the system is installed by a certified contractor. Royal Roofing Inc. is a professional service accredited with all the leading brands, so you will receive the maximum of the warranty benefits as well as our additional warranty for the workmanship.
The basic steps for installing any kinds of tin roofs are:
- Removing the old roofing.
- Installing a waterproof base
- Building the frame
- Adding insulation
- Installing tin roof
The tin roofing installation process will vary depending on the type of system you choose and a few other factors. Building a standing seam tin roof is the most difficult and therefore expensive option. The cost of labor for installing metal shingles and tiles is not as high, unless the roof design is overly elaborate.
Correct installation of tin roof flashing is an essential step of the construction process because this element protects the weakest parts of the construction. The technicians will use a specialized sealant to increase the protection and prevent leaks.
Professional roofers have access to tin roofing materials and other supplies that aren’t available in regular stores. They also use commercial-grade equipment that allows for better installation. These tools allow them to ensure that the system is perfectly insulated and doesn’t have a single crack, so you won’t be troubled by leaks. Pros can also make it noiseless, so you won’t hear the sound of rain hitting your roof.
Tin roofing prices vary greatly, so you will be able to find something to fit your budget. Galvanized panels are more expensive, but you can find specialized coatings that will provide the metal with the same level of protection from rust as galvanization.
There are plenty of premium-quality materials for sale with a good discount attached. So, even though tin roofing is not cheap by default, it can be affordable, especially if you choose the right system designs.
Tin Roof Panels Types
One of the reasons why tin roof panels are such a great choice for any building is the fact that there are many types of them available. Each has its pros and cons, so youâ€™ll need to discuss this matter with the roofer before making your choice.
The most popular options are:
- Standing seam systems
- Concealed fasteners
- Exposed fasteners
- AP panels
Corrugated tin roofing sheets, in particular, are very popular today due to their extreme durability, affordability, and energy efficiency.
All in all, a tin roof is an excellent choice for residential and commercial buildings as it's resistant to weather damage and lasts for about 50 years. It doesn't require much maintenance and repair, so you will save a lot of money in the long run.
Tin roofing can deliver many benefits to any home or business. The main advantage of tin roofing is that while it is as strong, lightweight and durable as other metal roofing materials, it is much less expensive than most (includingcopper, aluminum and zinc).
- Longevity: A tin roof can be expected to deliver up to 50 years of service.
- Noise: Additional sheeting is installed underneath modern tin roofs for added insulation, cancelling out the noise resulting from rainfall. As long as the installation has been conducted properly, noise will not be an area of concern.
Tin Roofing Material
The composition of tin roofs is mainly steel with a tin coating applied overtop to protect the steel from corrosion. A plating process is used to chemically bond tin to steel by heating the steel and saturating it with molten tin. The heat causes tin and steel particles to vibrate rapidly, forcing them to interlock and permanently bond to one another.
Types of Tin Roofing
Flat seam and Standing seam are the most commonly used kinds of tin roofing.
- Flat seam: the edges of tin sheets are locked into one another, and the material is then nailed to the roof boards. Afterwards, the seams are flattened with wooden mallets and soldered in order to ensure that the roof is water-tight.
- Standing seam: the sloping seams of the roof are composed of two upstands, which are interlocked and secured in place by cleats. In this case, panels are not soldered, but merely locked together.
Tin Roof Installation
The installation of tin roofing can be completed on almost all structures, even if the underlying construction materials appear rather weak.
Prior to the installation, the uneven edges of the boarding should be smoothed off. Then the boarding is covered with at least one layer of dry felt or sheathing paper in order to form a cushion and protect the tin. Pieces of heavy galvanized iron should then be used to cover knot holes in the boarding. Royal Roofing Inc ensures that only the best quality tin materials are used, and that the underside of the roofing is painted before it is laid.
The outer edges of the tin are then turned over the upper edge of the cornice, and clasped to a strip of hoop iron. Wherever the tin roofing comes in contact with metal gutters, it must be locked and soldered into them to produce a tight waterproof seal. In areas where the roof connects with a chimney or a wall, tin must be turned up in order to prevent possible water damage. Lead sheets are used to counter-flash the resulting upstand. Moreover, if it is abutting a wooden wall tin is turned up counter to the boarding, with shingles or siding laid over it. Tin should be turned up against all balcony posts as well, and soldered at the angled edges.
A few days after the installation process is complete, the roof must be painted with either a good asphalt paint or red lead in linseed oil. It is important to take particular care in ensuring to scrape off all the resin prior to applying a new coat of paint.