Can I Still Change My Roof?
Your home or cabin must need a new roof or you probably wouldn’t be reading this just for the fun of it. Can I still install a metal roof even if my house is old? If you have basic construction knowledge, have the ability to use basic tools and are able to climb a ladder, I sure don’t see any reason why you can’t install a metal roof.
Choosing the right material should be the first thing that you would do if you want to install metal roofs. These can include the hardware, decking, flashing that is appropriate for your existing roof’s pitch, framing, and metal roof panels. So that you won’t have a difficult time buying hardware and thinking f how many roof panels do you need, it’s good that you bring with you a detailed drawing, hence, you already know what to do.
There are instances where the new roofing installation is being installed above the existing roofing materials, if that’s the case, you need to install furring strips and asphalt paper between the new and existing roof. Assembling the correct tools beforehand will help you secure that all the tool that you have will do the job properly and safely. It is also very important that you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation carefully before starting the job.
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To make sure that there is good drainage from your roof you will need to determine the pitch of your existing roof decking. The reason behind why you have to check your roof decking is because there are different designs for each metal roofing, thus, they also have different roof pitch requirements. In order for you to decide what design is good for the particular pitch, you need to have the pitch first. Not all roofs are high, some are low, if this is the case, then you have to get an additional sealant and hardware in order to achieve a watertight roof. Metal roofing installation can be used with internal or external fasteners but it is easier to use the external fasteners. The Kind of roofing panel that you will choose will determine if what type of flashing, trims and fasteners will be used.
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The tools that you will need for metal roofing installation include; gloves with a good grip, a cordless drill that has a fastener attachment for smaller roofing jobs, dedicated impact driver for large roofing job, nibbler attachment for your cordless drill to cut across the panel ribs, power saw which is fitted with carbide blade good for metal cutting, small hand-held metal snips for cutting around obstructions, eye protection and fastening tools.