|The 21-year-old old asphalt roof was|
literally blowing away.
One such MAJOR event was installing our new metal roof.
Our old roof needed to be replaced when we moved in two years ago - that was no secret.
But, thinking ahead for the life cycle of roofing, we did NOT want to spend $4,000 on a new asphalt installation, only to deal with contaminated runoff to the garden area, and then have to deal with replacing it in another 20 years.
We wanted to be one-and-done.
Invest in higher quality now, and reap the rewards later on.
|Our nearly-complete DIY metal roof installation.|
And then we DIY'ed the whole dang thing.
The main driver behind the DIY effort was cost savings. I had time (some), but I didn't have a spare $3.5k to hire roofers. We had enough saved to either pay for a full asphalt install, or to buy the metal and install it on our own.
We chose the metal for many reasons (and there are tons of pros vs. cons if you do a quick search), but the main reasons for us were:
- Longevity. It never needs to be replaced. We'll repaint every 30-35 years. But no metal sheets need to get pulled up, ever. Unless a tree falls on them or something like that.
- Cleanliness. The metal roof provides a clean water-collection surface. No little asphalt speckes or petroleum runoff.
- Quality. The metal we decided upon was standing-seam, 26-gauge. It is thick, quality, completely interlocked, leak-proof sheeting. I never want any roof issues. Period.
|The panels, stacked and ready to go up.|
We choose Metal Max in middle TN for the panels, and went with their standing seam option.
The metal was delivered this winter, and we spent most of February with roofing on the brain.
We started off by taking a weekend and doing one room - the side room, or "den." It was the only part of the roof that didn't attach to another part, so it seemed the obvious choice for diving in and getting my feet wet on the install. I started off having to scrape off the existing shingles.
|Scraping the original shingles off the den.|
|View of the den's underlayment from the upper section of the roof.|
|DIY Metal Roof Install: Part 1, the Den, complete.|
|The roof, wrapped in underlayment, after Day 2 of the four-day blitz.|
|The back room after a weekend's work.|
|The back half of the house, nearly paneled.|
|B-I-L-#2 (left) and F-I-L (right) helping on the front-side panels. They were absolutely|
essential in getting this project done in a (mostly) timely manner.
|The new DIY metal roof, 98% complete.|
Once I get the final details ironed out, we'll look toward installing a rainwater use system. Not sure what that will be yet, but it's on the radar.