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How to prepare a sheet for low pitch roofing

Low pitch roofing comes with its own set of unique challenges – but, as Colorbond Kenny from MyCladders, it’s nothing I can’t handle. In the video below, I will walk you through the step-by-step process of preparing a sheet for low pitch roofing so that it meets strict Australian standards.

Preparing a sheet for flat roofing

Watch as I demonstrate my preferred preparation techniques using trapezoidal sheets – also known as Trimdek – which is the material most commonly used for 2- to 5-degree pitch roofs.

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick overview:

  • Safety first. Before you begin, be sure to pop on a pair of protective gloves.
  • Protect your material. Placing a piece of cardboard underneath your sheet should help prevent any scratches.
  • Starting at the bottom, turn down the sheet, mark it, and trim the dog’s ear off.
  • Finishing at the top, turn up the sheet. When working on a low pitch roof, you’ll want to get the most mechanical turn up possible. Then, trim the dog’s ear off both sides.

Protecting low pitch roofs from water damage

A lot can be done to improve the water protection of a low pitch roof:

  • Add infill strips, which provide an effective barrier against water, air, and dust. Plus, because they are manufactured from closed-cell foam, they won’t absorb moisture than can cause metal roofs to rust.
  • Add Stormseal, a lightweight, durable material that protects against wet weather.
  • Install larger flashings. Flashing is material – such as Colorbond steel – that cover joints in roof construction to prevent water leakage and subsequent damage.

Leave low pitch roofing to the pros

Don’t risk the integrity of something as important as your home’s roof. Visit our contact page or give us a call on 07 3177 3366.

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About the author:

“Im Kendrick Myers, Director and License holder of MyCladders. I have passion to help people achieve the best results possible using Metal roofing and cladding. I do this with innovative ideas and solutions that are implemented to deliver some of the most amazing results achievable with Colorbond steel…Without our clients needing to engage an architect. On top of that, My love for design and bespoke creations means I will never sell you an idea or solution that I do not believe in.”