Do-It-Yourself Steel Roofing Installation

Metal Roof in Progress
Metal Roof in Progress (Image: Wiki Commons)

Steel roofs are a great option for homeowners. They are one of the most durable and long-lasting roofing materials available, and require virtually no maintenance. In addition, steel roofs help keep energy bills low in hotter regions by reflecting sunlight and heat away from the home. Because of the growing popularity of this product, many manufacturers are developing do-it-yourself steel roofing kits for homeowners. These kits provide all the materials and information necessary for a complete roof installation by a novice. This project is expected to take two to three days depending on roof area.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Roofing paper
  • Wood stapler
  • Roofing nails
  • Tin snips
  • Steel roofing kit

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Remove any existing shingles or roofing material before you begin to give yourself a solid base to work with. Use a hammer and chisel to pry shingles loose so they can be easily removed.

Cover the entire roof base with roofing paper. This should be stapled or tacked in place.

Install metal edging around the perimeter of your roof. This edging material will come standard with any metal roofing kit. The edging should be nailed along the edge of the roof using roofing nails.

Begin laying the panels starting at one end of the roof and working your way across. Each panel should overlap the one next to it by 2 to 3 inches. Nail the panels in place using standard roofing nails at 1-foot intervals.

Cut the steel panels as necessary to fit them in place. Tin snips are generally sufficient for this purpose.

Complete the installation by installing any trim kits or flashing materials that come with the roofing kit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many steel roofing kits come with specially made gutters that attach to the steel panels. Choose a roof with this feature to ensure easy installation.
  • Do not attempt to install steel roofing panels on a sharply pitched roof unless you have experience with this type of work.
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