Our New Steel Roof • Kath Eats






Listed here are earlier than and after pics of our new steel roof, together with professionals and cons of steel vs. shingles and a few widespread myths about steel. 

Our New Steel Roof

Our renovation is much from over, however we now have a model new steel roof!! 

We’ve been roofless for nearly two months

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

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

roof renovation

Earlier than:

Earlier than the home was flipped (authentic roof)

Before the house was flipped

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

Our house right before we started our renovation

The Shingles Earlier than

I imagine the shingles had been added in 2014 when our home was flipped. 

Shingles roof

After the roof was put in (in progress!) 

Our New Metal Roof

Our Steel Roof Supplies

Putting in The Steel Roof

First they constructed the roofline over the deck that was beforehand there:

Installing The Metal Roof

Are you terrified of heights!?

roof installation

Siding was added and painted earlier than the roof was put in:

Siding Materials: Hardie Plank Lap Siding with a 6″ reveal. This materials is created from fiber cement which is tremendous sturdy, rot proof, and bug proof. It is going to be painted white!

Hardie Plank Lap Siding house renovation

The roof arrives to the yard

metal roof order

Set up begins!

First they coated the roof with some sort of waterproof barrier, then the shingles went on prime, aligned vertically. 

metal roof shingles house renovation project

I like the way in which the panels change path on the suitable facet. 

roof panel installation

We contemplated doing a rubber roof on the flat tops of the dormers that you would be able to’t see from the bottom, however it ended up being the identical value with no profit, so we continued the steel there too. 

roof panel installation

It’s gorgeous in particular person and appears so nice from the road! 

We had frightened that our home would have “an excessive amount of roof” with the extension of the previous deck, however the steel is so beautiful that it’s an excessive amount of of a superb factor!

house with metal roof

Professionals and Cons of a a Steel Roof


  • They final a very long time: Steel roofs are presupposed to final 40-70 years, so whereas they is likely to be costlier up entrance, the associated fee evens out over time. In distinction, asphalt / shingle roofing usually lasts 12 to twenty years.
  • They’re extra sustainable: Their lifespan additionally makes them the extra sustainable alternative. Plus they’re typically partially made from recycled supplies and will be recycled themselves. 
  • They’re tremendous sturdy: Steel can stand up to a wide range of components together with gusts of wind as much as 140 miles per hour. Additionally they have rust-proof coatings, so cracking or corroding isn’t typical.  
  • They will scale back vitality prices: Actually! In contrast to heat-absorbing asphalt, steel displays daylight. (I’m not certain in the event that they sort of steel roof we bought matches this description or if it’s largely for lighter steel shades.)  
  • They appear stunning! Clearly this can be a huge professional : ) 
  • Be taught extra right here from the Steel Roofing Alliance.


  • They’re costlier: The quotes we bought for shingles vs. steel had been 2x as costly for the steel, $10k vs $20k. We’re renovating our home for us to reside in for the long-term, so this appeared like a smart funding given the professionals above. It’s 2x as costly however lasts 2-3x as lengthy, so it’s sort of a wash in that division. 
  • They are often broken: whereas it’s unlikely (see the subsequent part beneath) the steel can get broken. Our roofer mentioned you’ll be able to substitute only one panel if harm does happen, so your entire roof doesn’t want alternative. In steel’s protection, shingles can get broken too.  

Right here is an article 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 historic home with a steel roof and have fond recollections of listening to the rain on prime. Rain on a tin roof is even a white noise sound on some machines! That mentioned, you probably have the suitable quantity of insulation between the roof and prime ground, it shouldn’t be very loud. Ask me once more this fall, although ; ) 

Do steel roofs make a home hotter?

No, really, they’re about the identical as shingles. I’ve heard that white roofs at the moment are a factor on the rooftops of economic buildings, however when evaluating steel to darkish shingles, they’re about the identical. 

Do steel roofs have an effect on Wi-Fi or cell indicators?

They shouldn’t! 

Will a steel roof get dented simply?

This was my primary concern after we began researching roofs. I requested our roofer this and he mentioned to not fear about limbs or hail denting the steel, significantly on the sloped elements. He mentioned a very unhealthy hail storm may have an effect on the flat half, however you’ll be able to’t see that half except you’re a drone or airplane, so it’s not an enormous concern. That is one other “ask me in a yr!” query 😉 

What sort of gutters go greatest with a steel roof? 

Our earlier than home had white steel gutters and downspouts, however we’re going to go together with a darkish bronze to match the brand new roof this time round! We held up the samples of the roof subsequent to the samples of the gutter supplies and the black made the roof colour look blue. The grey was too mild. So bronze it’s. 

Will you be getting photo voltaic panels?

Possibly! They weren’t in our finances for the time being, however they’re one thing we want to pursue in just a few years. Fortunately they’re straightforward to put in on steel and we now have a south going through house. 

Up subsequent week: Home windows!!

house renovation windows update

See all of the renovation posts right here.

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