Shingle to Metal Roof Transition

Metal roofing is here to stay in Miami, and we’ll show you why you may want to consider transitioning from those old shingles to a modern metal system. 

Many people like the look of metal roofs on their houses. Metal roofs are also long-lasting, which is attractive to homeowners. This fashion is here to stay for many years. But before making a decision, we’ll discuss the option of removing the shingles or keeping them and what benefits or drawbacks may result from each alternative.

Can I add a new metal roof directly onto the existing shingles?

You may keep your existing shingles and add on metal panels. Some older buildings might prevent you from maintaining the shingles, but for the most part, it is possible.

Here are a few of the advantages of mending and adding metal panels directly over your existing shingles:

1) Less installation time
This is the most significant advantage of getting your metal roof in Miami immediately. You won’t have to wait for someone to come and remove the old roof before putting the new one up. As a result, you will be able to enjoy your fresh roof as soon as possible.

2) Low upfront costs
Another benefit of leaving the shingles on is saving you money. You will not have to pay for labor costs because extra work will not be needed to remove the shingles and install metal panels.

3) No need to remove old shingles
You won’t have to worry about getting rid of the old shingles. This will save you time, money, and headache. The old shingles may be readily recycled. You won’t have to worry about the additional time, money, or mess it would take to remove them.

What is the downside to leaving on the shingles?

There are a few things to consider before you start if you decide to put a metal roof on top of the shingles.

#1 More weight for your home to support
It is critical to remove shingles before laying metal roofing in Miami, in some cases. Although metal panels are light, their weight is still added to the roof. This might cause long-term issues such as sagging or truss failure in older buildings with more wear and tear.

#2 Your New Metal Roof May Become Misshaped
If the new metal roof is installed incorrectly, it may appear wavy. The shingles will wear down over time, but not all will do so at the same rate. On certain parts of the roof, some could be thicker than others, which means that the metal panels won’t be as flat all the way around. Rolled metal on a roof that isn’t in excellent shape can be dangerous. Unfamiliar workers may move the metal, which might upset a client.

#3 Your New Roof May Not Look Perfect
If your roof is rolling or wavy, it will look terrible. You may also observe a variety of other factors that detract from the appearance of your roof. If the metal panels are not installed properly, you could notice the existing shingles protruding in areas that do not cover the metal panels. The metal panels might not be perfectly smooth on your roof, which may give it a cluttered appearance. On the other hand, professional roofers will ensure that the work is completed correctly.

How Does Miami Roofing take care of shingle to metal roofing transitions?

There are different ways to re-roof a house, depending on the type of construction. You should always check the structural integrity of your home before starting any more prominent projects. This is especially important for older homes.

Step 1. Upfront Measurements
After you contact our specialists to discuss having a metal roof put in, a competent team will arrive at your home to take measurements. They’ll ensure we have the correct dimensions for features like trim, the steel sheets themselves, and gutters. The walls will be built in sections, as specified in the contract. After all, measurements are double and triple verified. The materials will be purchased and cut. The supplies will then be ready to be installed in your home.

Step 2. First Tasks to Complete
On the first day, our experts will spend the day preparing your roof for the new roofing material. We will perform this job if you are removing the shingles. If you want to keep your existing shingles, we may proceed to step 2.

Your Miami roofing contractor will remove the shingles, and our team will inspect the underlayment sheets. If they find any damage, they will repair the sheets before continuing with the felt paper installation. The underlayment sheets help remove water from your structure’s interior, preventing water damage.

Step 3. Adding Plywood
Once the roof base is completed, our teams will install the furring. Furring is a slender strip of wood that may be used to level or raise surfaces. This will give us a surface to attach the metal panels and ensure proper drainage below the roof boarding.

If you’re moving from shingles to the metal on a residential house roof and don’t need furring, our experts can fasten the metal sheets to plywood. Contractors can skip this step unless any plywood sheets need to be fixed, since most homes already have it. This stage should take one day.

Step 4. Installing Your New Metal Roof in Miami
It’s time to get started putting your new metal roof in place. We’ll begin by laying the metal sheeting and fastening it to the furring or plywood frame. Then, to finish off the top of the roof, the trim will be draped over the sheets.

Now it is time for our team to finish the renovation process. This includes adding the final touches, such as installing ridge caps, rake trimmings, and gutters.

Gutters are generally the final construction element to be installed, allowing for complete flashing and avoiding gutters from being damaged throughout the renovation. Depending on the homeowner’s wishes, they may need to be adjusted higher or lower.

Will you switch from shingles to metal on your roof?

Roofing systems made of metal offer numerous advantages that can help your roof endure for years. They are resistant to weather damage and can withstand high winds, among other things.