How to buy/install Sheet Metal Roofing?





I have an large old shack in windy Southern California that I need to re-roof with the cheapest possible decent roofing material that a novice can install Would Sheet Metal Roofing be best? (this would not cover an existing roof because I have to remove the rotten plywood– the joists are still good and I’ll keep those.) Where can I buy the raw materials? Thx
Just to confirm, these metal roodfsdo not need a plywood underlay, right? They can be installed directly on the roof joists?

5 Responses to “How to buy/install Sheet Metal Roofing?”

  • Allan Wilkins:

    Any good building supply could get them for you. They could also give you some pointers on how best to install it.

  • Major:

    Sheet metal is a good choice for sure. Here are a few links where you can find anything you want to know about it, and who supplies it. You may also want to check your local suppliers online.
    http://www.kellysearch.com/us-product-25847.html

    http://www.bcsbestroof.com/slate-roofing/?gclid=CO6skNqysacCFRhzgwodVjrK_A

    http://www.hometips.com/buying-guides/metal-roofing-sheet.html

    http://www.sheet-metal-roofing.com/

    You can also type ,sheet metal roofing suppliers your state/province here into your browser for local suppliers.
    Good luck.

  • Wayne's Works:

    They don’t make sheet metal roofing. However, they do make corrugated sheet metal that can be used for roofing. Corrugated sheet metal is best used on “shed” roofing. If you have ridges and valleys, it will be more difficult to do. You could buy some roll flashing to cover these areas. Most big hardware stores, including Home Depot will carry your supplies.

  • Best Buy Metals Roofing:

    The answers:

    Would Sheet Metal Roofing be best?
    – Sheet metal roofing works very well in situations like this. It is inexpensive (from $0.76 – $0.86 per sq ft) and straightforward as far as installing it. Here is a good simple guide for a common panel:
    http://www.bestbuymetals.com/pdf/tuff-rib-installation-guide.pdf

    Where can I buy the raw materials?
    – There are two major manufacturers of metal roofing that service California:
    (Fabral) http://www.fabral.com — (Metal Sales) http://www.mtlsales.com

    Check with them to find a supplier. One supplier is Best Buy Metals:
    http://www.bestbuymetals.com

    Just to confirm, these metal roodfs do not need a plywood underlay, right? They can be installed directly on the roof joists?
    – It depends on the type of metal roofing chosen. The most popular is a 3′ wide Tuff-Rib type panel.
    http://www.bestbuymetals.com/tuff-rib-metal-roofing-panel.html

    It can be installed over open framing. **Note that it does have to have horizontal supports. This means you could install it over the roof joists, but only after you added horizontal 1x4s or 2x4s every couple feet up the roof.

    The other thing to think about is even if a roof can be installed over open framing, that doesn’t mean it should be. Make sure to consider ventillation and insulation factors to make sure that this type of roof is right for you.

    All said, a metal roof will be reasonably priced, fairly straightforward to install, and last for many many years.

  • Steve:

    The other answers were correct as far as they went. Assuming your roof rafters are no more than 24″ on center install 1×4 boards approx every 2′ on center across the rafters all the way up the roof. Be aware that steel roofs installed this way will “sweat” on the underside do to moisture in the air this can be stopped by installing condensation insulation over the 1×4 boards before installing the steel. Steel roofing is ordered in lengths by the inch. The least expensive is plain galvanized with painted white next cheapest. If steel has to be cut never use a power saw to cut it as this will cause the steel to rust. Overall the price of a steel roof will be about the same as a shingled roof in most areas.

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