Day 158: Crowning Glory

Roof on! Hurrah!

Late last week the builders had all the roof framing up and ran up some temporary roof-edge protection around the main roof (it’s a long way down, after all). The main roof was covered with a ply membrane, the family room: not so much. Although it’s there to complete the rigid air barrier that covers the entire house, we particularly enjoyed it as a temporary viewing platform.

Day157UsOnPlyA temporary view


There’s a more than three storey drop off that front edge; it’s really irresponsible of us to be wandering about up there. But the view is pleasant, even to the north…


Pearl tested her sense of balance by photographing her toes while looking down from the upper end of the roof. This has about half the amount of fall as the other end, so I had to applaud her good sense.


We were starting to think we should be building an extra storey on top, especially when the sun started setting.


Next day was all business. My roofer of choice, Darryl came round at about the same time as the steel was being hoisted off the truck. His two lads were set the task of putting rubber washers on the roof screws in preparation for the big push. They sat in the sun, smoking and cursing and generally being of interest to Pearl who had been assigned the job of documenting the process.

Day157PearlsFaveStrangely there are more photos of these guys from various angles than there are of the actual roofing process. Nevertheless, the process was captured at various stages:



Family room roof well advanced; Trev working away below


Darryl, the boss ferried sheets to the boys


The main roof underway

It was all over by mid-afternoon. However because the roof edge protection (i.e. the wooden balustrade) was attached to the boundary purlins, we have to take that down and put up the fascia boards before the final flashings can be installed.

The following day the membrane roof over the laundry and porch was torched on, giving us the satisfying feeling of the whole place being resistant to any water that should fall vertically down from the sky. As rain has virtually never been known to fall vertically in these parts our level of comfort is somewhat diminished.

With the roof on, the builders have applied themselves to cladding, finishing off the rigid air barrier and putting on the battens to which the weatherboards will be fixed. This week we’re looking forward to the excitement of cladding, the first lot of windows arriving and (fingers crossed) Paul the plumber returning. And only fifteen-odd sleeps till Christmas.


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