We knew the garage needed a new roof when we purchased it, but we waited till this year to do anything about it. The garage is to be a test case on two fronts. 1) how easy is it to remove the aluminum and what's the building look like underneath. 2) choosing a color scheme that will be eventually be used on the residence.
Here's the garage in its full suit of aluminum armor.
Removing the siding and finding a layer of Reynold's aluminum reflective paper. In this photo you can see the knee brace with some of the metal pulled away.
Here is the knee brace exposed.
Et Voila! Underneath 240 pounds of aluminum is a near perfect, cedar-sided garage. There were few nail holes and the paint was even in good shape. If we simply pressure washed it we'd be in good shape.
I had a fantasy that the salvaged aluminum would fetch enough to pay for part of the garage roof. $0.58/pound. About $130, but it beats paying to have it taken away.