Metal Roof Installation
If you’re thinking about what material to use, the answer is steel, because it has more functionality, better performance, durable, reduces energy costs, but is a bit expensive. Before you pull your handyman pants on, you need the necessary supplies such as:
1. Ladder (use one that can support your weight and is long enough to reach the roof)
2. Rectangular or square roof panels made from steel
3. Staple and a glue gun
4. Drill with all the necessary drill heads
5. Nails for roofing (ideally around 1.25 inches)
6. Screws for the metal and wood roofing
7. Roofing felt
8. Measuring tape
The six-step installation process below will guide you to have a beautiful metal roof that protects your home and makes it more aesthetic:
1. Measuring the Roof Area
You need to get on top and use the measuring tape to measure the exact area of your roof, end to end. It’s better to measure the size of each tile as well. The measurements should be in square feet or square inches as it is the standard in the market. It’s advisable to order 5-10% extra than the measured amount to account for errors because you don’t want to order again and again.
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2. Ordering the Materials
You need to pick the appropriate color of the panels depending on your house color. You can custom order too to match the exact size of your roof.
3. Removing the Old Roof
It’s better to start with the edges and start removing the tiles that are worn out the most. Also, remove any nails sticking out and ensure no pipes are damaged to ensure no water flooding on the roof. After removing the old roof, you’ll see the plywood sheathing (i.e. the old wood under the shingles).
4. Adding Insulation and Eave Flashing
This is an optional step; however, it’s advisable to reduce the chances of water damage. Generally, a layer of roofing felt is enough, however, in locations with more damage you’d need to adhere two layers of insulation to the metal frame using a staple gun and roofing nails.
Eave flashing is a fancy term for edging, which are just metal strips used to cover the perimeter of the roof. The roofing nails are used to nail the eave flashing (pun intended).
5. Adding the Panels
The ideal place to start is somewhere in between the edge and the peak as this is the longest area of the roof and can be thought of as a straight line. The panels have dual purposes. They not only fill the roof but can also act as extensions from the roof to add aesthetic appeal. How much you want them to protrude depends on your design.
“Square to Edge” should be your approach while installing the metal panels and use the screws for the roofing to secure them to the sheeting. Thumb rule is to have the screws placed 12 inches apart spaced evenly. Remember to gently tighten the screws or you may expose the fasteners. A rubber gourmet is usually in place which helps to protect the roof from moisture.
The metal panels should overlap each all the adjacent ones by around an inch on all sides. The process should continue until the entire roof is covered and use a sealant, preferably a silicone-based product to make your roof neat and tight.
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6. Applying the Finishing Touches
If you followed our guide step by step, then you are almost at the end of having a brand-new roof installed all by yourself. Now, to apply the final touches, make sure all edges of the roof are smooth and the panels are firmly secured to the roof.
The entire roof should be covered with panels, the entire perimeter surrounded by eave flashings and the edges smoothen and trimmed according to your desire. Have one final look across the entire roof whilst you’re still at the top before you decide to make the climb down.
Now, gather all the unused supplies and handyman kit and get yourself down. Carefully throw away the waste in sealed bags and store the surplus materials for any repairs on your roof in the near future. Take that ladder down and get a glass of well-deserved lemonade for your hard work.
Metal roof installation is a dangerous job and quite frankly involves a lot of physical work. Not the ideal weekend project that most people would want to take on. Hiring an experienced roof contractor for the job is by far the safer option, however, the more expensive one too.
Still, if you’re determined to make this a DIY weekend project, this guide is not enough. You’d need to take steps to guarantee your safety, such as but not limited to, workman gloves, a sturdy ladder, working tools and definitely a roof that doesn’t crash and fall.
In conclusion, this guide will help you get a gist on how to install a roof and protect your home from wind, rain, and snow. Roofs usually last 3 to 5 decades and that makes it a worthwhile investment. You can redecorate your house according to how you see fit and make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
But roof installation comes with its fair share of challenges and hurdles. That’s why, we are here as your cheering squad. If you are motivated enough to try installing a metal roof as your weekend project, make sure you plan beforehand and prepare accordingly.