Switching To An Asphalt Shingle Roof From Metal Could Give Your Home A New Look

Posted on: 16 June 2021

A standing seam metal roof is attractive and usually lasts for decades, but like any other building material, a metal roof eventually needs to be replaced. If your roof is old and worn-out, you may want to replace it with something different for a new look for your home, or you may just want to save money and put on asphalt shingles instead of a new metal roof. Here's a look at getting a roof replacement for your metal roof.

Decide On The Replacement Roofing

If you want to switch to asphalt shingles, think about the grade of shingles you want. If cost is a major factor, you might want basic three-tab shingles because they cost the least. If you want the most durable shingles so you won't have to put on a new roof for a long time, then choose architectural or luxury shingles. These handle wind and impacts better and have a longer lifespan than basic shingles.

Remove The Metal Roof

A standing seam roof is installed by connecting the seams to each other. To take the roofing off, the seams have to be disconnected. This is done with a de-seamer machine the roofing crew moves along each standing seam on the roof.

Metal roofing can be recycled, so the roofer may collect the panels for recycling in a dumpster. Once the panels are off, the roofer can inspect the deck of the roof to make sure it is still solid and doesn't have any rotted places. The deck has to be repaired if damage is found so it won't deteriorate even more under the asphalt shingles.

Install The New Asphalt Roofing

A roof replacement starts at the deck and includes new underlayment and shingles. The roofer may also put on new flashing and boots. Your roofer may discuss options in underlayment since different types have different prices. You might want underlayment that has a peel-off backing that sticks to the deck for easy installation and to provide protection to the plywood while the shingles are off.

After the underlayment is down, the asphalt shingles are put on starting at the bottom of the roof. The first layer is called the starter row of shingles. These shingles and the shingles on the top layer are applied a little differently than the rest of the shingles, but the work proceeds from the bottom of the roof to the top, row by row, until the roof is covered.

The roofer also has to apply metal flashing in the roof valley, around the chimney, and around the vent pipes on the roof. Vent pipes also need rubber boots to keep rain from leaking in.

Asphalt shingles that are properly applied could last for decades as long as you keep up with repairs. Switching from a metal roof to an asphalt shingle roof will give your home a fresh new look.

Contact a company like iHome Designs to learn more.