Suggested Tools to Install Your New Metal Roof

There’s a few tools that will make your job easier and quicker. Nothing too expensive but something you’ll be glad you have for the job.

The tools described below are in addition to the ones listed on the installation instructions of the roofing material you have selected. Or in some cases, we thought that pictures, some demonstrations and a brief “where to buy” would be helpful to you.

Fastener Drivers:

If you have a smaller project you can get by with the electric drill or cordless drill that you have in your tool chest but if you have a larger project we thought we would show you what the pros use.

A cordless impact driver makes short work of fastener installation and your hand and wrist will feel better at the end of a long day.

The tried and true DW257 driver has been a pro favorite for years. For about you are going to get a tool that will last you a long time. le modification this 2500 rpm driver is perfect for installing metal roofing or metal siding fasteners.

Electric Swivel Head Metal Shears:

Cost is around $200.00 and you can pick them up at or at a local hardware/tool shop. These are useful for cutting metal panels across the corrugation or cutting shingle style materials.

Our Favorite Inexpensive Shear Attachment:
This one attaches to your electric drill and has nice deep throat to it. panels.

By Itself

With Drill Attached

Cutting with shear

Our favorite shear attachment is a “Malco” TurboShear HD and is available at for about .00 plus shipping.

Nibbler tool for metal roofing installationNibblers:

Nibbler attachments are a great device. They attach onto your electric drill and therefore don’t run much money. We like the one shown the right. Most nibblers will easily cut curves as well as straight lines.

Nibblers are the perfect tool for cutting across corrugation as well as circle cuts around vent pipes ect. The only downside to a nibbler is that they are specialized tools and only used in metal cutting. You may want to opt for the attachment shown above if you don’t plan to get into the metal roofing business.

Cutting with a Grinder Cutting with a Circular Saw


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  • Avatar Kerry B When installing R-Panel metal roof, why does the short side over lap instead of the long side?
    Dec 07, 2008 by Kerry B | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    I am reading instructions for installing R-Panel. They show a diagram where the short side of the V overlaps the long side. Is there a reason for this? Seems like overlapping the long side of the V would be more water resistant.

    • You need to put the long side on the bottom for stability, it creates a flat surface for the short side to screw down to. The laps should be sealed with tape that is designed for this application, it's kind of like a putty tape and sticks like crazy and seals.

  • Avatar johnnyf Has anyone had an Interlock metal roof installed and how much was it and whaty size is your home?
    Nov 21, 2007 by johnnyf | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    There is almost no information about pricing of the Interlock roof system on the internet and they are very pushy salesman. I'd like to get an idea before I let them in to talk.

    I live in a 1500 square foot ranch home.l

    • Johnny,
      Guess what?I just installed the RED one on My Home.
      Get a printer, .......
      Metal it,s self-$2.19per.ft. 3' wide-an get Leigh top to bottom.
      Say 3'x14'=$30.66per sheet of full runs .t … sure.
      Hope this helped.
      Good luck, an by the
      Way, We love Ours.
      NOTE:::its about
      $2.00 to 3.00 FT. to install here in Ga.
      Stovell is a real good Company Hardware

  • Avatar carlos r How do you install metal roofing? Where do you put the screws????
    Apr 20, 2007 by carlos r | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)

    I am installing a metal roof and heard of many different ways of anchoring the R-panel to my existing roof. I have been told to install the screws on the low side of the R-Panel with self sealling screws. I have also b …ake a hole where all rain and snow would be running down. But the first option makes sense because it is a solid anchor, no gap, between the R-Panel and the wood underneath. PLEASE help me ,
    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!

    • If I were you I would get the manufacturers recomendations and follow them closely. Most manufacturers offer installation instructions on line if not at the point of sale.