As promised, I’m excited to share quick before and after photos of our home with a new metal roof (see above).
For those who don’t already know. we live in an off-frame modular home. It looks like a double wide from the front, but the framing is more like a stick built home. This is the back side view of our home.
We’ve lived here eight years now. I think the home was 8-10 years old when we purchased it as a foreclosure and moved it to our property. (You can see interior before and after photos HERE. I should update that post though… it’s a few years old.)
They use such cheap building materials in manufactured homes. The roof was less than 20 years old, but it was close to time to buy a new one.
If you missed the story of the roof leak and how our insurance ended up covering the cost of replacing the entire roof, you can read that story HERE. Such a blessing to us!!
Anyways, here’s the after shot. Doesn’t it look so much cleaner?! Notice some of the rusty old vents we were able to remove altogether.
We went with a dark Charcoal Gray, but it looks more silver-ish in the sunlight.
A long time and dear friend to us does roofing for a living. We were able to work out a deal with him so that we saved on some of the labor by my husband helping out with the installation.
It was hard, HOT work, and took several days to complete. But in the end I think it turned out amazing.
The best part… we didn’t have to pay anything out of pocket. I’m still in awe of how that worked out.
We even have a few extra panels to spare! We’ll use them on a chicken coop, or a garden shed, or some other project eventually.
We won’t be reinstalling the solar panels on the roof. I’m afraid of damaging the metal. Instead we’ll build a stand for them on the south side of the house closer to ground level. They’ll still get the same amount of sunlight exposure, so it shouldn’t affect the power we generate.
Next we’ll be installing a new rain barrel for water catchment. (Our old one is getting pretty yucky.) We’ll use the water we harvest off the roof for watering the garden and washing stuff. I don’t think it would be safe for drinking water unless it was filtered since birds poop on the roof and other contaminants could get in, so it will be considered nonpotable water.
Anyways, I’m super, super happy with our new metal roof! If you’re considering making the upgrade, I definitely think it’s worth the investment.
Let me know your thoughts!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.