There is no doubt that selecting metal roof and wall products is a wise investment. To make the most of that investment, it’s important to take certain preparation steps before beginning your metal panel installation. Once you’ve purchased the materials you need, the next order of business is to ensure the metal panels, trim and components are properly prepped. This is your best chance at keeping your job site safe, making sure your materials are not lost or damaged and ensuring your project stays on schedule so you reap the benefits of going metal.

Preparing for Metal Roofing Panel Installation

  • Step One: Project Planning

    Starting your project with a clear plan will yield the best results. When planning your metal panel installation project, choosing an appropriate time to install is essential. Considerations will vary based on your location and include:

    • Moisture levels: it’s better to install when it’s dry (no rain, dew, snow or ice) as installing when surfaces are slick increases chances of slipping and injury.
    • Wind conditions: it’s better to install in low-wind conditions to prevent chances of injury/product damage.
  • Step Two: Material Check

    Once your materials are delivered to your warehouse or job site, the next order of business is to make sure you’ve received all of the building materials you ordered and that all pieces are in good condition. You will need to:

    • Manage a material receiving checklist
    • Check your panels for moisture, denting/bending, wind damage and additional transit abrasion
    • Ensure proper storage of your materials, including panels and trim in bundled and stacked sheets, to protect them from damage and prevent corrosion and/or galvanic reaction

    Check out ABC’s blog post on metal panel delivery and material handling for details on proper loading and unloading, cutting and job site safety. Additionally, our post on metal panel storage provides best practices on keeping your panels and components in pristine condition whether they’re going to be installed immediately or stored for future use or sale.

  • Step Three: Metal Panel Installation Preparation

    Once the location of the project is defined and the materials have been ordered, delivered and checked, the ultimate responsibility for on-site panel preparation lies with the installer, who should:

    • Re-check that all materials are present and in good condition
    • Arrange the material so that it stays undamaged and doesn’t pose a hazard to anyone on the site during installation
    • Ensure all metal panel installation tools are available and properly functioning, including drills, ladders and seamers
    • Make sure all safety preparations have been made and all safety gear is in good condition, including gloves, eye masks, safety helmets, boots and wrist guards.

Metal building panel and components manufacturers often make a variety of resources available for review, including product details, technical bulletins and installation manuals that can help building owners, distributors/contractors and installers alike. For more information on preparing for metal panel installation, contact your local ABC representative.