Metal roofing manufacturers generally publish installation manuals and/or videos for each unique system. These manuals and videos offer varying degrees of detail, especially in relation to the correct installation procedures for, underlayment, accessories, and flashings for protrusions such as skylights. Though many products are similar, the installation techniques may differ considerably. For this reason, most manufacturers also offer installation-training courses. These are typically held at the manufacturer’s facility, at distribution outlets, or at a jobsite and usually last two to three days. Because metal roofing is a specialty item, it is helpful for installers to be factory trained on installing products with which they are unfamiliar in order to ensure quality installations.
The manufacturer should provide as much knowledge and training to installers as possible. A manufacturer may have the best product on the market, but if it is not installed correctly, the customers will eventually take their business elsewhere. Installation training not only teaches the installer the correct procedures for general installation, it also covers many other more difficult aspects of roofing such as what equipment works best, how to work steep roofs, how accessories are installed, what and how many fasteners to use, and where to secure the roof accessories in order to prevent leaks. Also, since installation techniques can vary due to climate and structural design, training can provide options for these situations as well. Difficult roof situations require experience and patience.
Manuals, videos, and manufacturer phone support are good starts in learning the correct installation procedures, but these usually must be supplemented with installation training classes. The techniques taught by manufacturers are given because of field-tested success. Having the proper tools and equipment to perform the recommended techniques helps ensure successful roofs and satisfied customers. The training provided to the installers will help them stand out in their industry by giving them the skills and know-how necessary to install the roof in a timely, quality, and financially rewarding manner.