During winter, you and your family finds it greatly annoying when snow falls down from your roof when you’re about to open the door going inside. In addition, a sudden gust of wind just makes your yard snow cleaning a repeated and time-consuming endeavor. You’re thinking it has to stop, and we don’t blame you. Fortunately, London ON homeowners can make their own homemade snowguards for metal roof conveniently.
However, before proceeding, gauge your personal DIY experience. Homemade snowguards for metal roof will have you deal with sharp metal edges. You’ll be cutting and installing them onto wooden boards. In addition, full accuracy in using a power drill and saw are two important skills you’ll need venturing into creating homemade snowguards.
Be warned that while DIY can save you money from using experienced and highly-reliable metal roofers in London ON, you may still have to spend additional money for creation and installation equipment. If your aim is to learn rather than just own homemade snowguards, then investing in developmental equipment is something we highly recommend.
Homemade snowguards for metal roof use only a few materials. You won’t have to look beyond your local roofing and hardware supplier to find the following:
Long-Lasting Roofing Caulk
Roofing caulk has many applications from guaranteeing a leak-proof seal during the strongest of rainstorms down to being a core part of homemade snowguards for metal roof. To choose the perfect one for your new homemade snowguards, Construction Protips has a great and detailed guide below.
What Are the Most Common Kinds of Sealants?
These types of caulk dominate the shelves at tool supply stores. Labels don’t always tell you what’s in the tube, so we’ve included examples of each type of sealant.
Acrylic Latex ($2 to $5)
Acrylic latex caulks are the easiest to apply and smooth out. They’re also the only sealants that clean up with water. Look for versions labeled “siliconized” or “plus silicone.” Adding silicone to acrylic latex improves adhesion and flexibility.
Poly caulks are generally tougher than other sealants, making them a good choice for driveways and other areas that take a beating. But their gooey consistency makes them hard to work with. Check the label before painting; you may have to wait several days.
Solvent-Based ($6 to $9)
Many solvent-based caulks are great for roofing because they don’t degrade in direct sunlight and can be applied to wet surfaces. But they’re gooey and hard to apply neatly.
Hybrid ($7 and up)
Most hybrid caulks combine silicone and polyurethane for top-notch adhesion, flexibility and longevity. They’re easier to apply neatly than polyurethane, but not as easy as acrylic latex. Most aren’t labeled “hybrid,” so we’ve pointed out the hybrids in the various photos. Cost is a clue: High-quality hybrids are usually the most expensive caulks on the shelf.
What is “Big Stretch” Sealant?
Latex caulk is typically less flexible than other caulks. Adding silicone helps, but Sashco achieved tremendous flexibility with its latex-based Big Stretch product without the addition of silicone. Big Stretch stretches up to 500 percent its original size. That’s impressive! (Read More)
Aside from roofing caulk (which plays a core part in your roofing, you’ll need the following as well:
- 24 pieces of washed screws
- A reliable and working power drill
- Old drain gutters
- Strong plastic or wooden boards to attach the old drain gutters
- A wooden saw for cutting the boards.
The Installation Process
First, you’ll need to cut the drain gutter into small pieces. Four to five inch cuts should be good enough. Next, cut your base board material at least an inch or two larger than your old gutter drain material.
Then, position the open-end of the drain gutter at the longer end of the board. Use your caulking material to attach the gutter piece to the board. In addition, use caulk to attach it at least six inches before the edge of your roof. Reinforce it by using the power drill to drive in screws into the board and through your roofing material. Apply caulk above the screws as well.
How To Make Sure Your Homemade Snowguard is Fully Secured
If you’ve followed all the steps listed above, then you’ve finished your very first homemade snowguards for metal roofs. Unfortunately, re-checking your steps is the only way to make sure your homemade snowguard is fully secured. For best results, you can consult with professional London ON roofers who can tell you about the possible compromised areas of your new snowguard installation to prevent leaks and address them before it’s too late.
If you have yet to find a reliable roofer in London ON, you can count on Cub Roofing’s top-level roofers with more than a decade of roofing experience. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.