How To Install Metal Roof and Other Basic DIY Solutions

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To learn How To Install Metal Roof Features, follow the step-by-step instructions outlined below.

Metal is a popular, cost effective alternative to other roofing materials, as metal roofs are durable, attractive, and energy-efficient.  

Metals typically used for roofing include copper, aluminum, and galvanized steel.  

Metal roofing is available in many colors, textures, and styles.

Best of all, a metal roof is easy enough to install so you can save a bit of money by doing it yourself.

How To Install Metal Roof Features

1.  Measure the Area.  

The slope of a roof panel is measured as "rise over run."  In other words, it's the distance from the base to the apex, divided by the distance from the edge to directly underneath the apex.  

The area of a roof panel is length x width x slope.  

Add 10 percent to your total measurement.  

2.  Order the Materials.  

Choose your favorite metal roofing in the dimensions measured as described above.  

You will also need

  • Roofing felt
  • Large trash can
  • Staple gun
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Assorted drill bits
  • Roofing nails
  • Roofing screws
  • Self sealing wood screws  

3.  Remove the old roofing.  

In some cases, the under layer (roofing felt) can be added on to the existing roofing. Ask your local roofing contractor if this is possible for your roof. 

If not, the existing roofing must be removed before the new metal roof is applied. 

4.  Cover the Roof Area with Roofing Felt

This insulating layer will protect against moisture collecting between the metal roof panels and the sheathing.  

5.  Install the edging.

These are metal strips also known as eave flashing. They are placed around the edge of the roof. 

6.  Attach the metal panels.

Use the screws mentioned above. 

7.  Attach the flashing.

The flashing is metal trim placed over joints where the metal panels meet.  

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