A metal roof can add a lot to your home. It can add beauty, dimension, and curb appeal, as well as value to your home. A metal roof is long-lasting, even more so than traditional shingle roofs. There are cons to metal roofs as well, including that they can make noise when it rains or hails, and they can be damaged from hail storms and even in strong wind, but there are more pros than there are cons. If you are interested in adding a metal roof to your home, even in just a small area of your roof, such as on a porch, you should hire a professional roofer to have it installed for you. If you are going to try and install the metal roof yourself, read on for some helpful information to help you get the job done.
Tools And Materials For The Job:
- Metal roof slats
- Roofing nails
- Roofing screws
- To start, you need to remove the old roofing beneath. You need to remove anything that is damaged below the roofing shingles as well. If your wood below the shingles is rotten, you have to remove it. You can go over the old shingles, but if they are damaged by water or in poor shape, you should remove them.
- Once the old shingles and wood have been removed and replaced, you can begin laying the underlayment on the roof. Layout the underlayment and nail it in with roofing nails. Cover the entire roof with the underlayment, securing it all with the nails.
- Install the drip edges and flashing, especially on a porch or near dormers, or where your roof connects to another part of the house.
- After you have your underlayment in place, you can measure the length of the metal roofing panels. Cut the metal panels with a circular saw to cut your panels to fit in place. Start at one edge of the roof, then work your way over.
- Secure the metal panels with the roofing screws. Overlap each metal roof panel over one another, and use tape or caulk to help seal the seams. Continue repeating this process until your roof is covered.
A metal roof can be long-lasting and very durable. If you are considering a metal roof, you can install it yourself, although this can be a big job. Hire a professional roofing company such as Gator Metal Roofing to get this work done for you.