Metal Panels

JLC Field Guide: Metal Panels

Traditional metal roofs are made from flat-lock metal and site-formed standing seam panels. However, the increasing majority of metal roofs are made from several types of pre-fab panels, including screw-down, ribbed panels (similar to those used on agricultural buildings), and “modular” metal panels that mimic shingle, shake, and tile roofing.

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Low-Cost Metal Roofing

A metal roof specialist describes how to select the right agricultural-style roof panels for residential use. Read more

Installing a Flat-Seam Copper Roof
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Installing a Flat-Seam Copper Roof

Old-school metal still works as a premium roof option. Read more

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Soldering Seams

Regardless of the iron or tip used, soldering requires some prep work. Make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a sharp point. Read more

Restoring a Standing-Seam Roof
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Restoring a Standing-Seam Roof

Properly maintained, this elastomeric coating can protect a metal roof indefinitely. Read more

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Metal Panels Instruction Articles

Metal Siding and Roofing – 10 Reasons It’s Awesome
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Metal Siding and Roofing – 10 Reasons It’s Awesome

While common for roofs, metal panel as not so common for siding. But there are... Read more

Cutting Metal Roofing
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Cutting Metal Roofing

What tool works best? Read more

Fastening Metal Roofing
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Fastening Metal Roofing

Could fasteners being driven through the valleys of the metal corrugation be the... Read more

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Aluminum Roofing

Q: How common is aluminum standing-seam roofing? It seems that this profile would be better suited for heat-related expansion and contraction than corrugated aluminum panels fastened through their face, but my local suppliers carry only steel standing sea Read more

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Painting Steel Roofing

Q: When installing painted steel roofing, is it necessary to coat the edges of cut panels in order to prevent rust? Read more

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