Now that you have decided to have your old metal roofing panels replaced, you have to figure out what to do with it once it has been taken down. Here are a few ideas that might appeal to you.

Make a Garden Fence

Your old metal roofing panels can be used to add depth to your garden while helping to protect your plants from wild animals. Start your garden fence by driving posts into the ground along the perimeter of the garden where your fence line will be. Then patch and paint your roofing panels, and consider decorating them using stencils to create a custom design. After your panels dry, you can attach them to your posts around the fence line to complete your garden fence.

Build Animal Housing

Whether you have chickens, rabbits, dogs, or cats, you can use your old metal roofing to build some safe and protective housing for them. There are a few ways to get the job done:

  • Using pieces of 1 by 1 wood to build a house frame then covering the frame with your roofing.

  • Using 2 by 4 and plywood to create the house and then using the panels for the roofing.

  • Creating shady areas by building awnings off your existing animal housing with your old roofing panels.

You can also use the old roofing to reinforce any roofs that are leaking on your existing animal houses. Just patch and paint it before installing it over the housing.

Create Holiday Decor

Why not spruce the holidays up at home by using your old metal roofing panels to create some new holiday décor? You can cut a long roof panel into the shape of a Christmas tree, paint and decorate it, then hang it up on the front of your home for the winter season. Or you can build a small haunted house for trick-or-treaters to enjoy on Halloween.

You could create a fun maze for the kids to run through for Thanksgiving or simply have your kids draw their favorite holiday pictures on the panels and feature them in the yard on the appropriate occasions. The options are virtually limitless.

Give it to Your Contractor

If you really don't want to get creative and reuse your old metal roofing panels for anything, ask the contractor you hire to install your new roof whether they'll take the old stuff away for you. Even if you have to pay a small fee to have the panels taken away, you'll appreciate the opportunity to save yourself the time and effort of having to transport them to the dump or to a recycling center yourself. If your panels are in good enough shape, your contractor may even be willing to pay you a small fee for letting them take the old panels.

For more information on what to do with used roofing panels, contact a flat roofing service such as JCB Roofing.