Like any other building material, metal panels require proper handling and storage to maintain their integrity and prevent corrosion or warping. If you’ve purchased your metal roofing panels but aren’t yet ready to install, we will provide some guidance on how to best care for and store them in this article.
Handling Metal Roofing Panels
When the panels arrive, they should be inspected for any signs of damage. Panels with visible damage should be set aside and reported to your supplier.
Here are some tips on handling metal panels:
- Lift Carefully: Always lift the panels off the stack rather than dragging them. Dragging can cause scratches on the panels, which can lead to corrosion over time.
- Wear Gloves: Sharp edges can not only injure your hands but also lead to small dents and scratches. Always wear sturdy gloves when handling metal roofing panels.
- Avoid Dropping or Impact: Dropping panels or hitting them with hard objects can cause dents or distortions. Handle the panels with care and avoid impact.
Storing Metal Roofing Panels
Once you’ve safely unloaded your panels, the next step is storing them properly. Here are some guidelines for storing your metal roofing panels:
- Keep Panels Dry: One of the most important factors in storing metal panels is to keep them dry. Even a small amount of moisture can lead to corrosion. If the panels get wet, dry them immediately and thoroughly.
- Use Tarps: Cover your panels with a breathable tarp to protect them from the elements. Make sure to secure the tarp to prevent it from blowing away.
- Store Off the Ground: Panels should be stored off the ground on a level platform or skids to prevent contact with water or dirt. A slight incline can help water run off the stack, preventing moisture buildup.
- Provide Ventilation: Avoid wrapping the panels too tightly, which can trap moisture. It’s important to allow for ventilation to prevent condensation.
While metal roofs are highly resistant to corrosion, there are still steps you can take to prevent it:
- Avoid Contact with Other Metals: Different metals can react with each other, leading to corrosion. Keep your panels separate from other metal objects.
- Handle With Clean Hands: The oils on your hands can react with the metal, causing corrosion. Always handle your panels with clean, dry hands.
- Regular Inspections: Regularly inspect your panels for signs of corrosion. If you notice any, contact your supplier for advice on how to treat it.
Warping can occur due to improper handling or storage of metal roofing panels. Here are some tips to prevent it:
- Store Flat: Panels should be stored flat to prevent bending or warping.
- Avoid Stacking Too High: Stacking panels too high can put pressure on the bottom ones, causing them to warp. Stack panels no more than four feet high.
- Don’t Store for Too Long: Panels that are stored for a long time are more likely to warp. Try to install them as soon as possible after delivery.
The longevity and durability of your metal roofing depend largely on the care taken during handling and storage. By following the guidelines outlined above, you can maintain the integrity of your panels, prevent damage and ensure the long life of your metal roof.