Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Our New Steel Roof • Kath Eats


Listed below are sooner than and after pics of our new steel roof, together with professionals and cons of steel vs. shingles and a few commonplace myths about steel. 

Our New Steel Roof

Our renovation is some distance from over, however we have now a brand spanking new steel roof!! 

We’ve been roofless for just about two months

For 2 months the home has been uncovered to the weather as we have now added dormers to the highest ground and enclosed a roof deck. Fortuitously it didn’t rain very arduous in March or April! We had 1-2 instances when Thomas ran over to test on issues, however he stated it used to be hastily dry. 

Right here’s what it appeared like previous within the reno:

roof renovation

Ahead of:

Ahead of the home used to be flipped (authentic roof)

Before the house was flipped

Right here it’s proper sooner than we began our renovation: 

Our house right before we started our renovation

The Shingles Ahead of

I imagine the shingles had been added in 2014 when our space used to be flipped. 

Shingles roof

After the roof used to be put in (in growth!) 

Our New Metal Roof

Our Steel Roof Fabrics

Putting in The Steel Roof

First they constructed the roofline over the deck that used to be prior to now there:

Installing The Metal Roof

Are you frightened of heights!?

roof installation

Siding used to be added and painted sooner than the roof used to be put in:

Siding Subject matter: Hardie Plank Lap Siding with a 6″ expose. This subject matter is constructed from fiber cement which is tremendous sturdy, rot evidence, and bug evidence. It’s going to be painted white!

Hardie Plank Lap Siding house renovation

The roof arrives to the backyard

metal roof order

Set up starts!

First they coated the roof with some more or less water resistant barrier, then the shingles went on most sensible, aligned vertically. 

metal roof shingles house renovation project

I really like the way in which the panels alternate path at the proper facet. 

roof panel installation

We pondered doing a rubber roof at the flat tops of the dormers that you’ll be able to’t see from the bottom, however it ended up being the similar price without a get advantages, so we endured the steel there too. 

roof panel installation

It’s surprising in individual and appears so nice from the road! 

We had anxious that our space would have “an excessive amount of roof” with the extension of the outdated deck, however the steel is so stunning that it’s an excessive amount of of a excellent factor!

house with metal roof

Execs and Cons of a a Steel Roof


  • They ultimate a very long time: Steel roofs are meant to ultimate 40-70 years, so whilst they could be dearer up entrance, the fee evens out over the years. Against this, asphalt / shingle roofing generally lasts 12 to twenty years.
  • They’re extra sustainable: Their lifespan additionally makes them the extra sustainable selection. Plus they’re ceaselessly partly product of recycled fabrics and will also be recycled themselves. 
  • They’re tremendous sturdy: Steel can face up to a lot of parts together with gusts of wind as much as 140 miles consistent with hour. Additionally they have rust-proof coatings, so cracking or corroding isn’t conventional.  
  • They may be able to scale back power prices: Actually! Not like heat-absorbing asphalt, steel displays daylight. (It’s not that i am certain in the event that they form of steel roof we were given suits this description or if it’s most commonly for lighter steel sunglasses.)  
  • They give the impression of being gorgeous! Clearly it is a large professional : ) 
  • Be informed extra right here from the Steel Roofing Alliance.


  • They’re dearer: The quotes we were given for shingles vs. steel had been 2x as dear for the steel, $10k vs $20k. We’re renovating our space for us to reside in for the long-term, so this appeared like a smart funding given the professionals above. It’s 2x as dear however lasts 2-3x as lengthy, so it’s more or less a wash in that division. 
  • They may be able to be broken: whilst it’s not going (see the following phase under) the steel can get broken. Our roof repairer stated you’ll be able to substitute only one panel if harm does happen, so all the roof does now not want alternative. In steel’s protection, shingles can get broken too.  

This is an editorial evaluating shingles vs. steel roofs

Gus is worked up for the brand new roof on his porch!

dog in porch

Myths of Steel Roofs

Are steel roofs actually loud in rain?

I grew up in an historical space with a steel roof and feature fond reminiscences of listening to the rain on most sensible. Rain on a tin roof is even a white noise sound on some machines! That stated, if in case you have the proper quantity of insulation between the roof and most sensible ground, it shouldn’t be very loud. Question me once more this autumn, although ; ) 

Do steel roofs make a space warmer?

No, in fact, they’re about the similar as shingles. I’ve heard that white roofs at the moment are a factor at the rooftops of industrial structures, but if evaluating steel to darkish shingles, they’re about the similar. 

Do steel roofs have an effect on Wi-Fi or cellular alerts?

They shouldn’t! 

Will a steel roof get dented simply?

This used to be my primary worry once we began researching roofs. I requested our roof repairer this and he stated to not concern about limbs or hail denting the steel, specifically at the sloped portions. He stated a actually dangerous hail hurricane may just have an effect on the flat section, however you’ll be able to’t see that section until you’re a drone or plane, so it’s now not a large worry. That is every other “inquire from me in a yr!” query 😉 

What sort of gutters cross highest with a steel roof? 

Our sooner than space had white steel gutters and downspouts, however we’re going to cross with a depressing bronze to check the brand new roof this time round! We held up the samples of the roof subsequent to the samples of the gutter fabrics and the black made the roof colour glance blue. The grey used to be too gentle. So bronze it’s. 

Will you be getting sun panels?

Perhaps! They weren’t in our funds in this day and age, however they’re one thing we want to pursue in a couple of years. Fortuitously they’re simple to put in on steel and we have now a south dealing with house. 

Up subsequent week: Home windows!!

house renovation windows update

See all of the renovation posts right here.


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