Covering the Roof

So now the brickwork has been completed it’s time to cover the roof and start making the building waterproof.  The first job is to decide on how much joist to cut back.  This is a bit trickier than I had first planned as it will have a big impact on the quantity of roof tiles, placement of the guttering and the overall look of the building.  Eventually I settle on a figure and layout a string line and start cutting.  Once all the cuts are complete I add hangers to fix the soffit to.

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Next job is to fit the soffit.

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And then the fascia…

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Next task is to finish the box-end and fit the 3-in-1 support tray, vent & bird grill.

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And the rafter roll which prevents the insulation blocking the air flow.

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That’s enough for one, er two days.  Tomorrows job is to felt and batten the roof…


Then it’s time to load the tiles on to the roof.  A huge, special, thank you to my favourite brothers Jason & Lawrence who helped heave over 720 tiles up on to the roof and made it look easy!

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Finally it’s time to install the ridge tiles and bed them in.  Problem is I’ve never even laid a brick before let alone ridge tiles 4m in the air!!!  Oh well, ‘he who dares Rodney’!

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Not bad for a first attempt, let’s see if they survive the night!  Tomorrows job is to close the verges, with Lawrences help of course.

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Final job is to fit the guttering…

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And the roof is COMPLETE!!! Hoorah!  Just over a week is not bad for my first attempt, I think.  Next job, windows & doors.

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