Proper Care and Usage of Roof Seamers

Posted on May 25, 2016 by kbuchinger

As more standing seam metal roofs are being installed than ever before, it is imperative for roofing contractors to have the proper tools when quoting jobs. Remember, a properly formed seam is important for aesthetics, weathertightness and wind uplift. With the right tools in hand for these complex installations, you can get the job done faster, better and with greater cost efficiency than your competitors.

Know Your Type

Seamer use depends on the type of metal standing seam panels on the project: double lock seam, symmetrical seam, one-piece snap-lock interlock and two-piece snap-lock interlock. You will need to identify the type of panel in order to choose the right seamer and confirm that you are using the right seamer for the job. The double lock seam, also known as a Pittsburgh seam, is double-folded, meaning the finishing seam is 180 or 360 degrees. This applies to MBCI’s Double-Lok® and SuperLok® panels. A single-lock seam is 45 or 90 degrees, such as MBCI’s BattenLok® HS and Curved BattenLok®.

Follow Manufacturer Instructions Explicitly

Adherence to the field manual instructions is critical to ensure proper installation that will not result in damage to the seamer and/or panels. It is critical to carefully read the manufacturer’s manual thoroughly before beginning the seaming operation, whether renting or buying the equipment. Not only will this give you the best possible result, but it can also save you the headache of incurring costs of replacing or repairing the seamer due to misuse.

Step-by-Step Guide to Pre-Seaming

  1. Locate field manual in the seamer box and review operational procedures.
  2. Locate power source and check against power requirements in field manual.
  3. Check seams for proper engagement.
  4. Clean dirt, debris and excess sealant from seams and panel surfaces to avoid interfering with the seaming operation.
  5. Panels should be seamed with an electric seaming tool as panels are being installed.

Seamer Equipment Checklist

Keys to Seaming Success

  1. The seamer should be supplied or recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t assume another manufacturer’s seamer will work on the panels you are installing. For example, other manufacturers may have a panel similar to MBCI’s BattenLok® HS but that doesn’t mean that an MBCI seamer would work on any of those panels. It is important to use the seamer recommended for the specific product. It must be the proper seam for the engineering. That is if you don’t seam it properly, the manufacturer won’t know if its load charts and tables are accurate.As previously stated, carefully read and follow seamer instructions for proper results. You will need a properly formed seam to ensure you achieve the desired aesthetics and weathertightness as well as mitigating risk from wind uplift. The seamers are miniature roll formers and need to be installed in a very specific way.
  2. Take care of the seamer—don’t leave it out in the rain or in other weather conditions where it could suffer damage.
  3. If not forming seams properly, stop immediately and call the manufacturer or company providing the seamer
  4. If renting, when returning the seamer make sure all equipment is returned, i.e. hand crimpers or hand seamers.

For more information on MBCI seamers, please review the manuals for specific panel types.

Comments

  1. Great article with fantastic information about roof seamers. Most people do not realize the importance of keeping this miniature roll former safe and clean. We have shared and re-posted to help spread the word!

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