How to Install Steel Roofing on a Steep Roof


Steel roofing is a durable and weather-resistant roofing choice, as it is designed to withstand rain, wind and snow. Many homeowners choose steel roofing because it is more cost-efficient than other roofing choices, lasting more than 30 years. Steep steel roofs are efficient at shedding water, as they rely on gravity and capillary action. However, safety precautions should be taken while installing the steel roofing. Steel roofing is easy to install with the proper tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Starter strips
  • Underlining
  • Valleys
  • Gable ends
  • Hammer
  • Roofing nails
  • Roof jack
  • Board
  • Steel panels
  • Ring-shanked nails
  • Tin snips
  • Hand seamer
  • Nail the starter strips, underlining, valleys and gable ends to the roof with a hammer and roofing nails. You only need to do this if they are not already installed.

  • Secure a roof jack to the sheathing to create a safe walkway where you can work. Temporarily fasten the steel-roof jack brackets to the roof sheathing and position a board on top of them. This allows you to place the panels directly over the support strap as you work your way up the steep roof.

  • Place the first steel panel on the lower left corner of the roof. Press it firmly upward and nail the panel down with ring-shanked nails and a hammer. Continue installing the panels from left to right, placing the upper left tab into the proceeding shingle's upper right groove.

  • Trim the end panel 3/4 inch beyond the gable end with tin snips before nailing the panel down. At the hip end and the ridge, trim the panel 2 inches beyond the hip center and then bend the remaining panel over the hip, using a hand seamer.

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