Thursday, June 14, 2012

Roofing finally begins

Yesterday evening I went down to look at the house, expecting to see only more fascia board up and other carpentry completed, but I got a surprise. This is what I saw:

If you look carefully, you'll see brand-new roofing on this end of the garage, in between the construction dumpster and the woodshed, which fortunately survived along with its contents. Today, a lot more roofing went on, and the deck of the shed dormer became a platform for the sawyer to cut edging strips and panel pieces to fit their individual spots.

This roof is manufactured by Decra and consists of 21"X52" steel panels that are covered with several coatings and bits of stone that are bonded to the steel. Each panel interlocks with the one above it and below it, and workmen use screws to attach the top edge of each panel, which is then covered by the panel above it. This kind of roof is a good bit more expensive that others, but it has a life-time guarantee, or 50 years from date of installation, if the house changes owners. The roof is quite similar to the Gerard roof on our previous house, but this one, as you can see, can be walked on without damage or distortion to the roof. That was not true of the previous roof, which was one of the reasons for going with a different kind this time.

The end result is a roof that looks nice (as in the view of the soutside below) and a lot like one of asphalt shingles, but it is much more resistant to damage and failure. It should not have to be replaced for many, many years - not by us, anyway!

Good night, all!  --oc

1 comment:

  1. It is a wise move to go for a more expensive but reliable materials that assures at least 50-year life expectancy, than to choice an economical one with less guarantees. And the best part here is when the roof exceeds your expectations and gives you less to worry about. -->Ashlee