Beginning a journey to live more simply…

After much prep to get it there, the roof was finally ready for the metal sheeting!

The metal roof, while maybe a bit loud in a rain storm, will be much more ideal on a tiny house that will be transported on the highway. Shingles would most likely blow off when driving down the road.

We decided to go with plain galvanized metal for a couple of reasons. One, we believe the lighter color of the roof won’t absorb as much heat during the baking summer months, thus keeping the tiny house from turning into a solar oven. Next, we like the more simple look of the plain metal roof over some of the other color choices we had been considering (dark green or brown). Less maintenance in caring for a painted roof over time as well?

We installed strips of 1×4 along the length of the roof above the tar paper to allow for venting below the metal roofing. We then attached the 6′ sheets of metal to these with 2″ sheet metal screws. The screws come with rubber washers to nicely seal the holes they make to keep the roof water-tight. The impact driver came in mighty handy while driving the screws into metal!

Thanks go out to Eric and Alessa Brennan for showing up right as the first sheet was going up and sticking around to get the very last sheet in place. Made the job so much easier!

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Comments on: "Sunday, October 3rd: The roof!" (2)

  1. Hi Y’all,

    We are in the middle of putting our roof on, and also (thanks in part to your blog and example) are using sheep’s wool insulation, and are concerned that our non-vented approach will result in condensation/rot issues on the plywood roof under the metal roofing. So our question for you is: did you employ any venting of the soffits or ridge or baffles? If not, what informed your decision to not vent? Thanks and best wishes!

    • Hi Chris, thanks for getting in touch.

      We did not install an attic/venting fan as a lot of folks have done. It would have been nice to have done so in retrospect. We did, however leave a gap in the plywood at the ridge of the roof -as advised by a friend with construction experience- as well as vent holes in the soffeting along the sides of the house. Time will certainly tell if we’ve made some missteps in regards to venting and vapor barriers.

      Best of luck to you with your build,
      Evan & Gabby

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