a little *BLING* on top
Since I was scheduled to start a new job on Monday, I decided to run up to the mountain and put the metal roof on over the weekend. I was unprepared for just how gorgeous it would look!!!
A quick trip to Lowe’s for some Galvalume panels, drip edge strips, insulated screws and new sawz-all blades set me back $450…YIKES! (way more than I’d budgeted).
In order to cover the 16’L x 12’W roof, I estimated 5 sets of panels (1 each at 12′ and 8′). Since the longest available panel was 12′, I decided to lay down an 8′ panel and then overlap a 12′ panel to give me the 16′ plus some overhang on the front.
Installation was a breeze thanks to the new Lime-green Lithium battery screw gun ($159 Ryobi at the Home Depot, okay I splurged!). My old screw gun was so heavy to hold and with the carpal tunnel thing… the new screw gun is amazing!
Before attempting the installation, I spent some time online reading up on how to do this. It was a good thing because I learned all kinds of tips (like how to lay it all out and get the panels up on the roof without bending).
I installed the drip edges, overlapping them easily, in about an hour. The panels simply lay down and get screwed every foot or so (kind of like I feel in this new “hope and change” economy). I let the panels overhang a bit, it looked much better. I sprayed some expandable foam into the front & back gaps from the corrugated shape (to keep out the bees, wasps and other flying vermin). After silicone-caulking the seams I was done with the panels in under 2 hours.
Although the pictures don’t show the detail on the surface of the roof, it looks magnificent in person. The Galvalume has a glisten and sheen to it that makes the roof look like it’s been overlaid with silver-leaf!
Just plain GORGEOUS if I do say so myself! My buddy MJ came up with me and provided some welcome conversation and the occasional panel-holding help, but this could have easily been done solo.
Turns out I over-bought by 2 panels. You actually get 36″ of width coverage per panel, not the 32″ the website says so I returned the extras to Lowe’s and got a $70 refund!! This day just kept getting better.
I know this post has been sorta self-congratulatory but DAMN my roof is purty! Next task is the siding, hopefully next weekend?
peace out… E.M.