Metal roofs are quickly becoming one of the more popular roof choices for its durability and aesthetic value. Metal roofs are fire-resistant. Homeowners can even get an insurance break if the house they live in has a metal roof. Tin, aluminum, copper and steel are a few of your choices. Some people even intermingle a few different metals onto one roof. In the past, metal roofs were usually only found on commercial buildings, but recently more residential homes are discovered with a metal roof.
Things You'll Need
- 30-pound felt
- Slap stapler
- 1/2-inch staples
- Chalk line
- Tape measure
- Tin snips
- 1-inch sheet metal self-tapping screws
- Screw gun
- Self-stick rubber strips
- 3-inch metal edging
- Metal ridge cap
Apply a 30-pound felt moisture barrier over the entire roof. Secure the paper with a slap stapler and 1/2-inch staples.
Draw straight, parallel lines from the ridge of the roof down to the gutter using a chalk line. Draw the lines 2 feet apart. These lines are your guide for laying down your sheets of metal roofing.
Measure and cut 2-foot sheets of metal roofing material the length of the distance between the roof ridge and the roof edge with an additional 2 inches for the overhang. Use manual or electric metal tin snips.
Put down the first metal roofing sheet on the far left side of the roof and adhere it to the roof rafters every 2 feet vertically. Use 1-inch self-tapping sheet metal screws and a screw gun.
Continue putting down one sheet of metal roofing at a time, overlapping each sheet by 2 inches.
Cut strips of self-stick rubber strips to lay down over the seams of the metal roofing sheets. The rubber strips plug up the gaps, preventing water and creatures from getting inside your roof.
Install a 3-inch metal edging around the perimeter of the roof with self-tapping screws, and place a metal ridge cap over the ridge also with self-tapping screws.
Tips & Warnings
- Make all of your cuts prior to putting down the roof. This will save you time.
- Wear a pair of heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands from the sharp metal roofing material.
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