If you've been thinking about getting into the roofing game yourself, you might start with metal. Of all the types and materials used in the business, it is one of the easiest for the inexperienced to do themselves. Having said that, "easiest" is probably not the right word.
If you've been thinking about getting into the roofing game yourself, you might start with metal. Of all the types and materials used in the business, it is one of the easiest for the inexperienced to do themselves. Having said that, "easiest" is probably not the right word. While it may be less challenging than other forms, it is still a difficult job and will require more than a basic level knowledge of building and craftsmanship. Otherwise, a job such as this is best left for the professionals. Roofing is a tough game and can be dangerous. Do not attempt to do such a project without professional help standing by.
You'll want to start by taking a full class of photographs of your house, trying to get every angle in that you can. With digital photography, you do not have to worry about taking bad shots-simply take as many as necessary to get all the information you need. If you have the original blueprints for your house, you can bypass this step. Once finished, take a full measure of your existing roof and from both the photos and the measurements, make a good drawing of the roof that you can take to the supplier you'll be using.
At the supplier, you'll be able to get the materials you need to perform your amateur roofing. While there, you may want to go ahead and ask any questions you might have about the procedure. The supplier will have assisted many people such as yourself get started. However, they will be used to dealing with professionals and may not be willing to give you step by step instructions on how to proceed. This is why it is so important for you to have someone experienced take you through this so that you do not wind up lost.
Getting started, you'll need to perform the underlayment procedure, getting things ready for your metal materials. Put down this underlayment horizontally, moving forward from the eave and nailing the material down every six inches or so. This should continue to be done until you reach the edge. After this, it will be time to install the metal flashing, also known as the starter trim. The instructions for this installation will be found with the materials you purchased, as they vary depending on the manufacturer.
After that, it's time to finish up by putting on the metal roof itself. With enough time, effort, and experienced help, you can do such a job in only a matter of days. If you do not have the time, patience, or experience to do it, do not hesitate to contact a professional and have them do it for you.