Roof Substrate

Through the last 2 weeks of November and into the first 2 week of December, work progressed on installing the corrugated metal decking to close in the roof from the elements. Work finished around the 12th along with the installation of the upper windows and door to the attic. Patient Chickadee is now closed in and set for winter!

Windows and Doors

The first 2 weeks of November were unusually warm with temperatures approaching 70 degrees. Taking advantage of the good weather, the doors and first floor windows installation was completed. The upper-level attic openings frame bucks were prepared and installation awaiting completion of the roof substructure (corrugated metal decking).

The Eaves and Fascia

The next task in preparing the structural roof was to add the eave extensions between the gable walls. This was followed by connecting the metal fascia, a somewhat difficult task as parts of the eaves had a 90% flange and others a 45% flange requiring intricate and detailed metal cutting. The roof was now ready for the corrugated metal sheafing.  …

The Roof Valleys

Installing the roof valleys was somewhat demanding.  It required measuring 4x’s before cutting, then adjusting so that the plane of the rafter roof lines matched the plane of the valley beam. Three valley beams ran the length from the main ridge beam to the attic floor, and 3 others intersected with these long beams. Once set, the valley ridge beams …

The Roof Begins

After the ridge beam was set, work began on fabricating the individual rafters. It is a laborious, time-consuming activity. After measuring the length, the 16” steel beam is cut on the 45 degrees at each end. Then a further 45 degrees cut on the bottom is made creating a square face flush with the outside joist of the attic floor. …

Ridge Beam Set

To assist the 2-man work crew, a Genie boom lift was rented. It allowed the easy lifting into place of the steel material. After the top plate was complete, the Ridge Beam was set and placed. Measurements were taken and the cutting of the rafters began. There are about 90 rafters to cut and 3 gable ridge beams to set …

Structural Roof Material Arrives

Unexpected delay for steel delivery arose; August is not the time to be expecting quick receipt of material. The delay was compounded by the fact that the original steel supplier could not provide the 16” wide roof rafters.  The largest they manufactured was 14”. Sizing down was not an option due to the depth needed for the required healthy insulation. …