Installing Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing is Expensive

Metal roofing is one of the things you might want if you prefer an efficient and long-term cost-effective solution for your Houston home or commercial building needs. Although you might think it is a little costly, remember that longer service will go a long way in justifying the additional cost.

Metal Roofing Is a Good Option

Installing metal roofing in Houston is a good option, experts say that they withstand weather and the sun better than other types of roofing. As a metal roof will have less wear and tear, you can usually expect it to have a long service life, but your experience may vary, depending on the area’s weather where you install your metal roofing. Your first option is the hire a Houston metal roofing contractor to install your new roof.  But, you may prefer to take on the installation your self. Here are some things to consider.

A Couple of Caveats

There are plenty of sources on the web you can obtain instructions on how to install a metal roof. One area you want to pay close attention to is the safety precautions you need to take. Falling from the roof can result in serious injury or even death. Never try to do it yourself on a steep roof. This is a job best left to the professionals. If you are comfortable with the safety precautions and feel you have the skill to do the job the next step is acquiring the proper tools.

The Tools

To get started, you need these materials or the equivalent.  A drill, marker, hammer, appropriately sized nails, step ladder, different sized screws, measuring tape, metal cutting snips, and excellent protection equipment for the job.

Here are a few clear steps to install the metal roofing:

  • Measure the quantity of roofing, add the needed size and calculate for the overhand, the usual size of overhands range from 2 to 4 inches. Measure the length and height of the required roof, head to your roofing supply store to get the needed items; also, you need to include 3 to 6 inches additional for overlapping on each layer.
  • Whether you chose r-panel or crimped roofs, you need to put some tar paper of approximately 30 lbs or good roofing felt to be the base of your roof. If you have an old roof, you need to put some slat board using 3 inch screws. They should be used every 2 feet lengthwise.
  • Put them down, nail them with a one ¼ inch nails. The rule is to overlap the first sheet. If it’s a crimped type of roof; you need to overlap one crimp on the sheet below, If its r-type of the panel, one lip will overlap the already installed one. Do them across and cut the rest on both ridges with tin snips and screw the very last sheet of roofing.
  • Install lap 5/16 screws if you are using the r-type of a panel on every 4 feet to where they overlap. The metal trim will cover the edge of the roof and the ridges on top. This trim will go on to the edge, notch them in the middle to let it bend over the ridge, screw them with a ¼ inch metal screw every 2 feet. On r-type panels, you need to install the closures, they are a foam type of rubber that is usually on 3 feet long that follows the r-type- panels design, and this prevents animals from getting inside the ridges.
  • Screw them all down and put a 5/16 metal lap screw on both sides of the ridge. On the v-crimp, you a ¼ inch metal screw to each side to the high point and do them every two feet.


If you have the construction experience and skills necessary, you can save on the installation of your new metal roof. However, if you lack the essential skills you should have your roof installed by a roofing contractor. Just remember, a poorly or incorrectly installed roofing can result in the need for repairs not only to the roof but the damage the leaking roof has caused.