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									DIY Standing-Seam Roof Installation: Is It Really Worth It?
by Ryan McCall -

Standing-seams roofs are made up of many shingles or panels that interlock on
the vertical axis, running from the roofs edge to its eaves. The point where two
panels interlock (the seam) is raised a little off the flat roof surface, which allows
water to run off the roof without any seeping between panels. Based on
seemingly simple structural principles, the complexities of installing a standing-
seam roof are not to be underestimated, the reason that DIY standing-seam
roof installation will seem like a risky proposition to anyone in the know.

That said, metal roofing panels are generally much easier to move around than
traditional clay or fiber-glass shingles. Weighing in at only one to two pounds
apiece, their portability makes the logistics of lugging them onto a rooftop much
simpler, so your contractors unlikely to charge you the same rates he would for
a more challenging job. You can also forego the need to tear the old roofing off,
as installing a standing seam roof over the old roof is no more difficult than
normal installation.

This is why a DIY standing-seam roof installation is just more trouble than its
worth. But if you're not convinced and intent to push through with your project,
here's some metal roof installation tips. After you lay down your waterproof
plastic membrane (an essential feature for making sure you don't let any water
through your roof), you'll need to chase it with a layer of roofing paper, which
you must ensure covers every nook and cranny including the spaces between
the different roof surfaces (the roof valleys). One part of the job you'll definitely
want to done for you (unless its your goal to become a professional roofer and
you're just practicing on your own home) is the making of ridge-cap, which is
preformed to fit over the roofs peak. Once this groundwork has been laid, you're
ready for the shingles.

Now that that's all done, you're ready to start worrying about the shingles, or
roof paneling. Ask around at the construction outlet or hardware store where you
first procured your shingles and find someone that can demonstrate the manner
in which the shingles need to be fitted together. If you haven't bought the
materials yet, you should know that there are a bunch of companies that make
panel solutions that are really easy to clip into place, designed for DIY standing-
seam roof installation and requiring nothing but your hands and perhaps the
most rudimentary assortment of tools. Check out the website of Permanent
Roofing Systems (, where you'll find a PDF full of DIY

DIY Standing-Seam Roof Installation: Is It Really Worth It?
by Ryan McCall -
metal roof installation tips available for download and instant reference.

If your roof is irregularly constructed - with features like skylights, dormers or
chimneys - then you need to reconsider what your goal is in doing this job on
your own. In such cases, pre-made shingles just aren't going to be enough to
cover the entire roof surface. The irregular areas are going to require custom-cut
shingles, and working with a saw and some chalk just isn't going to be enough.
Whats needed is hydraulic shear called a break, a portable device used by
professionals to shape standing-seam panels on-site, a feat that would take a
human ten times as long to replicate.

So maybe, on just this one occasion, its the time to loosen those fists and hand
over the cash for a skilled roofers work. Indeed, if your worker as recommended
by the manufacturer, or at least is recognized as qualified to install standing
seam roof panels, it will mean that your roof is subject to warranty " and that
you can look forward to fifty or more years of being secure in the knowledge that
you've a strong roof over your head.

DIY Standing-Seam Roof Installation: Is It Really Worth It?
by Ryan McCall -

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