The following steps will help you create correctly sized pieces for your roof.
1. Get Measurements
Before you start cutting, figure out how many panels you’ll need to cover the entire roof area. Determine the size of a roofing sheet after you know the measurements. To get the number of sheets required, divide the roof’s area by the size of one roofing sheet.
2. Place Roofing Sheets on a Flat Surface
Put the sheets on a flat, stable surface, like a workbench or table, so they don’t move when cutting. The underside of ridged panels, for example, is flatter than the top. This means marks will be more visible, and cutting will be faster if the underside is facing up.
3. Mark Areas for Cutting
Plot the areas you need when cutting to size with a tape measure. Avoid mistakes by double-checking the measurements before marking the spots with a permanent marker. You can also use a combination square, which is a ruler with a straight edge, to get more precise guidelines. A slight variation in size creates gaps that result in leaks.
4. Secure the Sheets
Use adjustable clamps to keep the sheets secure as you cut. Another option is to add weights on the edges to restrict movement that might lead you to cut inaccurately.
5. Cut with Tools
Use the right equipment while cutting the metal sheets to size to ensure safety and efficiency. Furthermore, cutting with the wrong equipment can lead to blunders and irreparable damage to the roof panels. Learn how to use each tool and cut precisely along the lines to produce the correct size.
4 Tools for Cutting Metal Roofing
While learning how to cut metal roofing sheets, you’ll need proper accessories and tools to get the job done correctly.
1. Tin Snips