I got lucky early on in hearing from a friend that he had some free roofing panels at his family’s farm. We picked them up a couple of months ago and they’ve been sitting in the yard ever since. Now that the fascia, drip edge, and furring strips are done (blog post before) its time to get started on throwing some roofing panels up. The video below outlines my plan pretty well. These are free panels so some are kinda rough, but a bit of TLC and they’ll be right as rain.
Before we get into the pix and steps outlined in the video above lets talk about cutting metal. First, you can cut these with Tin Snips. I cut small pieces this way, but it’s a bear to cut huge sections like this. You can use a grinder with a cutting wheel on it. This method requires a grinder (which I don’t have). A more common method that DIY’ers use is to flip their wood saw blade around backwards on their circular saw. I tried this but went through about 3 blades before they became fairly unusable. Then I found this guy. This guy installs facing forward like a normal blade. However, it acts like a cutting wheel on a grinder. It actually takes a small chunk out of the metal about 1/8″ wide. It’s fast, very fast. But its also crazy dangerous. Cutting metal sucks as it is, but this guy rips through it like its butter. All panels were cut to size in about 15 minutes! That speed though comes with a price. You’ll have chunks of molten metal hitting you on a regular basis. Wear safety gear and especially safety glasses!!! This guy is expensive, but well worth it.
As for the steps they are pretty simple:
- Measure your panels
- Cut your panels. I’m not terribly worried about this since I’ll trim it as needed once they are up.
- Put foam closure strips on the bottom furring strips
- Screw the panels into the ffurring Strips (using the pattern I outlined in the video).
- Use the roofing screws that have neoprene washers on them for a water tight seal.
- Caulk the seam between panels
- Rinse and repeat
If you buy your roofing panels new and they have all the parts included (like outlined in these Tiny House Training Videos) then my pattern won’t work for you, stick with the manufacturer’s recommendations.