Matt couldn’t wait to start on the steel roof, and see how the bright red colour looked on Tiny. It did not disappoint! The roof has added a beautiful accent to the home, while also being extremely durable and long-lasting. The steel roof comes in 16 inch panels, designed with a hidden fastener system, so that no screws are exposed. This gives a clean finish, and doesn’t disrupt the aesthetics of the roof, while reducing the possibility of leaking through the screw holes. Because of the small size of the overhangs and the roof in general, a lot of the trim was very tricky to do. On a regular-sized roof, things are more spread out, giving more room to lay out the trim, and more space to work with. But, on Tiny, some of the areas were so small, there were four or five overlapping pieces of trim and flashing. This meant that special attention had to be paid to how these pieces overlapped each other to ensure proper water diversion, even on the highway at 100 km/hour! Overall, it took a lot longer than anticipated, but the results were well-worth it!
The Great Roof Raising finished last week, starting with the placement of the ridge beam (2 ply LVL) on the newly-erected frame. The ridge beam runs through the centre of the house, and is designed to carry the load of the roof. We choose this design to allow for the cathedral ceiling, which maximizes interior space.
Once the ridge beam was in place, infilling the roof joists went quickly, giving the full shape of the Tiny House roof line. Since the house is designed to be mobile and on the road, there were a few additional items that had to be added to the roof to ensure it can stand up to the rigours of transportation and conditions on the road. You will see in the photos all the metal hangers and ties, which help hold everything together, nice and tightly, whether in motion or in one place standing up to wind and weather.
Sheeting the roof between snow storms was an exciting moment, as it not only gave the full sense of the height and width of the Tiny House, it brought some much-enjoyed shelter from the storms.