Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Residential Steel Roofing Installation Considerations

One of the most common questions asked by homeowners about the installation of their steel roof is whether an underlayment is needed. The answer to this question is “yes” in most situations. The underlayment plays a critical role in controlling the migration of condensation that might develop on the underside of the steel sheet thereby preventing accumulated water entering the building resulting in costly damage.

Underlayment is a general term used to describe a membrane installed between the steel sheets and the sheathing (plywood or OSB) or roof framing. There are a variety of materials used to manufacture underlayments with the most common being an asphalt impregnated organic fibre (roofing felts). The minimum weight of roofing felt should be equivalent to a #30 (30 pound). There are also premium synthetic products available that provide improved performance where required or desired.

The underlayment also provides a valuable second layer of protection against water getting into your home whether from wind-driven rain or from any condensation that may still occur on the back of the steel sheets. The only situation where an underlayment may not be necessary is an un-heated building (e.g. garage or storage shed) that does not contain any source of moisture (e.g. livestock or humid materials) or materials that could be damaged from possible moisture.

No comments:

Post a Comment