Aluminum roofing do-it-yourself: Is it a good idea?

These days with the cost of many things being so expensive and budgets getting tighter, many people enjoy doing things themselves to save money. You have to replace your sink? Do it yourself. The shower is acting up? Do it yourself. Your shingles are falling apart? Do it yourself. Whether you enjoy do-it-yourself projects or are simply completing them out of necessity, you are making a good choice. By doing these projects yourself, you learn valuable skills that can help you out later in life as you become even more skilled.

Unsurprisingly, roofing projects are more commonly becoming do-it-yourself projects. In fact, aluminum roofing do-it-yourself projects are becoming increasingly popular do to the ease that you can complete them with. At Aluminum Lock Roofing, we manufacture our aluminum shingles so that they are able to be installed by one of our professionals or in a do-it-yourself project. Here is some additional information about these projects and a few things you need to know before starting by yourself.

What you will need

In order to get started on your aluminum roofing do-it-yourself project, there are a few items that you will need. Be sure that you get all of these items so that your shingles are connected properly, and you are safe while completing the job.

Safety equipment

Every time you are on a rooftop, your goal should be to protect yourself and work safely. There are too many stories about someone thinking that they will be okay without safety equipment, only to fall off the roof and injure themselves. Safety equipment that you should get for your aluminum roofing do-it-yourself project includes gloves, work boots, safety glasses, long pants, and knee pads. With the use of this safety equipment, you will protect yourself and lower the chances of getting injured while working.

Tools

In addition to your safety equipment, you should think about what tools you will need to actually install the shingles. Aluminum shingles are known for being easy to install, but they still require a few tools to get the job done effectively and correctly. Tools that you will need for your aluminum roofing do-it-yourself job include a hammer, stapler, tin snips, utility knife, and patches/sealants. Once you have all these tools, you will have everything that you need to complete your DIY roofing project.  

Aluminum shingles

Last but not least, you must purchase your aluminum shingles once you have all of your safety equipment and tools. We manufacture our own aluminum shingles with our Aluma-Lock technology, so you can give us a call for more information at 801-484-3321. Speaking of our locking technology, it will make your installation so much easier. The shingles snap into place next to each other, which simplifies the entire process.

Before you purchase your aluminum shingles, it is best to take photos of your entire roof to see what specific pieces of shingles you will need. Some roofs can have strange shapes in them, so it is good that we make those shapes. Shingle shapes that we make include hip and ridge caps, original Aluma-Lock shingles, gable flashings, end wall flashings, valley flashings, and more. As mentioned before, give us a call so that we can give you the specifics of what you will need to complete your aluminum roofing do-it-yourself project!  

Is it a good idea?

Installing your aluminum roof by yourself is a good idea if you are up for the challenge! If you have never completed a roofing project before, there might be a slight learning curve. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the size of the job, there is no shame in asking for help. Aluminum Lock Roofing has trained professionals that have years of experiences. We would be more than happy to help you complete your job or give you some pointers. Visit our blog section for more information and other considerations you should make as you install your brand-new aluminum roof!