Installing a metal roof sounds like a big deal to many people; but it isn’t necessarily. If you are reasonably handy and fit, know how to use a hammer and climb a ladder, and can follow instructions you can likely install a metal roof. Yes, it will be a little time consuming and laborious but but can be well worth it, especially when you consider the amount of money you will save.
I had done some research on DYI metal roofing and have put together all that I could gather from my research. Below are a few tips on do it yourself metal roof installation which may come handy in your installation process:
Before you begin your do it yourself metal roof installation make sure that you have all the required tools and materials ready, like:
- Metal Roofing Material (copper shingles or other), Tin snips
- Roofing nails, Utility knife
- Ladder, Hand seamer
- Safety rope, Measuring tape
- Hammer, Soft-soled shoes and hand-cleaner
- Roofing cement, Chalk line, etc.
Analyze your roof:
- The roof deck should be solid.
- Should have ½ an inch of plywood or 7/16 inch of wafer board.
- The roof slope should at least be 3:12.
Measure the roof: it is important to measure your roof top with the help of slope factor and roof top method. Trim pieces are calculated with total length and shingles are calculated in sq. ft.
After valleys, underlayments, starter strips and gable ends are installed, you can start shingle application. Remember, that the installation of shingles should be done from left right and they must be pressed tightly upwards. Next, the shingles should be held in place by nailing them through holes in nailing flanges.
While applying shingles make sure that the projecting tab on the upper left is placed into the groove on the upper right of the next shingle. Also remember, that irrespective of the roof style shingles should be applied from left to right.
In case you are thinking of replacing your home roofing and you are a style conscious person, I’m quite sure metal roofing is what you are looking for. Moreover judging by the benefits that metal roofs offer, it comes as no surprise that they have grown to be one of the most preferred roofing material alternatives for home owners. There are a huge variety of materials available on the market for metal roofing, such as aluminum, zinc, copper, steel and so on and so forth. Each of these materials differs in their aesthetic features and the purpose they serve and are designed to suit certain roofing styles only. Therefore, before installing a certain kind of roof for your house it is very important for you to know which material is likely to suit your roof style.
These do it yourself metal roof installation tips are relevant for both copper and aluminum shingle installation. So to conclude a house with a beautiful metal roof always looks nice but it looks even better when it is fruit of your own efforts. So go ahead and install your own roof to enjoy all the benefits that it offers without needing to hire a professional.