Is the roof on your home or backyard shed starting to look worn? Is it starting to show signs of damage and perhaps missing shingles? Have you concluded that it’s time to replace the roof, but you want to elevate the look of the exterior and choose something more long-lasting and durable? If that’s the case, metal roofing can be an excellent option.
When a metal roof has been installed properly, you can expect it to last between 40 and 70 years, which is a whole lot better than the typical 15-20 years that you get from asphalt shingle roofs. Not only that, it also adds a level of sophistication and elegance to the home, which other materials just can’t compete with. You don’t have to worry about wind damage, rusting, cracking, or lifting shingles, and they are also more environmentally friendly.
With all that said, you may now be ready to jump the gun and install a metal roof. Let’s take a look at the steps involved when installing metal roofing.
Make Sure You Take Accurate Measurements
The first step in any roof installation is to take accurate measurements. Professionals understand that the width, length and rise of the roof all need to be measured before any materials can be ordered or purchased. The last thing you want to deal with is running out of materials, or having too much and therefore overspending. There are a variety of calculations and formulas used to measure the roof that factor in the slope and square footage.
If you are simply installing a metal roof on a basic backyard shed, keep in mind that these same steps and calculations will still need to be followed – they just may be simpler to do.
You May Not Need to Remove the Shingles
Did you know that when installing a metal roof, and depending on the building codes in your region, you may not have to remove the shingles first? In many cases, you will be able to install the metal roof right on top of the existing shingles. This can save you a lot of time, effort and expense, and reduce the amount of waste you create since you won’t need to dispose of the shingles.
Decide On the Perfect Color
Just like with asphalt shingles, you can get metal roofs in a variety of colors. This allows you to customize the look of your home and give it some personality. You may wish to choose something subdued and which blends in with the rest of the structure, or you may wish to go for something bold that acts as the focal point on the house.
Gather All the Necessary Tools
The next step in the process will be to gather all the necessary tools and equipment so you’ve got everything on hand. The key items you’ll need include:
- A bin for waste material – you may even need to rent a large disposal bin depending on how extensive the job is and how much waste you will have
- Roofing nails
- Drill bits
- Staple gun
- Self-sealing wood screws
- Metal roofing screws
Professionals should have all these items on hand as they are the basics of any roofing project/job.
Make Sure the Work Area Is Safe and Clear
Before you get started, you will also need to prepare the work area by making sure it is safe and clear. Make sure there are no obstacles in the way, and that there is nothing around that could be damaged. Roofers often place plywood against windows to ensure they aren’t damaged from falling debris.
Install a Layer of Installation
If the shingles needed to be removed first, then the first step in the installation would be a layer of insulation. It will need to be secured in place and then a breathable membrane goes on top.
The Edging Must be Put in Place
The next step is to install the edging around the perimeter of the roof. These are metal strips called eave flashing. They need to be secured with nails.
Install the Metal Roofing Sheets
Now it’s time for the exciting part: installing the metal roofing sheets. This is when the magic happens and you can finally visualize the finished look. As you install the metal sheets, they need to overhang the edge of the roof by 3/4″ minimum. Edges will also need to overlap with the adjacent panel. Make sure you are also using the right kind of screws and fasteners and that they are aligned properly.
Once all the panels are in place, the flashing can be installed. And that’s it, the job is complete.
If you’re ready to upgrade the look of your home or even a simple backyard shed, opting for a metal roof will provide that touch of sophistication that may currently be missing.