The roof is on and not looking too bad. We decided to go for a felt roof in the end as we just don’t have the budget for clay tiles as we’d hoped to. Also started cladding the outside with 6 inch feather board.
Like to have finished the cladding completely but the builders merchant didn’t have sufficient stock as apparently there is a national shortage of feather board would you believe! At least that what he told us anyway.
Finished off the the roof construction with the rest of the 4″ x 2″ pressure treated and covered it with 11mm OSB board.
Take your time laying the OSB making sure it’s straight and true. If you’ve built the rafters with the correct spacing your OSB should sit just fine. If not then you may need to add additional rafters to support the point at which two boards meet. The point at which the two roofs meet was a bit tricky but after much bad language it finally came together.
Before the board went on we added a couple of skylights on the back of the roof. We looked at Velux but went for a lesser known brand as they were cheaper and seem to be just as good All they need is an extra coat of sealer and they’ll be as good as the Velux. (We’re not going to openly recommend a brand on the blog so if you’d like details then drop us an email and we’ll be happy to provide)
We then covered the OSB with heavy duty roofing felt. Don’t go for the cheaper version unless you really have to or you’ll be re-roofing within 5 years.
I mention heavy duty as there are several grades of roofing felt. The best product for the price is traditional green mineral felt … certainly worth paying the extra for something that will last.
Roofing felt comes in large rolls which are heavy so make sure you have some help around when it’s delivered.
If you plan to store it for a while then keep it out of the sun and also stand the rolls on end. They usually have a wrapper with installation instructions with directions on which end to stand it up. Although it’s a tough material treat it with care or you could damage it, or worse puncture it.
You’ll see from the photos that the felt extends beyond the edge of the board by about 4 inches on all sides.
This serves two purpose:
- To run any rain water into the guttering.
- To allow for tucking the felt under the end facia boards on the gable ends.
If you planning to put roofing felt onto any building my advice is don’t lay it on a hot day. On the day we laid ours it was baking and as we started handling the felt it began to soften which wasn’t a problem at first …. until we (rather John) came to stand on it! Foot prints started to appear in the felt which wasn’t exactly the look we were after. 😦
So best wait for a cloudy day before fitting roofing felt.
Oh and another tip … don’t lay your felt out on your lawn in the sun when you’re cutting it too length, or it will scorch the grass. Best wait for a day when the sun isn’t so strong.
We’re quite pleased with the results although we still hanker for clay tiles, but hey maybe in the future eh.
Last job for this session was to cut and fix the facias on the front and back of the building. I usually use at least 6 inch boards but as the eaves are fairly low we had to change to 4 inch instead.
We used 6 inch boards on the gable ends but it meant trimming the lower edge back slightly so it finished neatly with the facias. Turned out ok in the end.
Next phase is to finish off the cladding (when it arrives) and put up the guttering ready to collect all that lovely rain water!
My son Tom is starting the first fix this weekend which should see the cabling go in after which we can look at insulation and closing off the inside of the main building also with OSB board.
Seems to be taking an age … but should be well worth it in the end. Can’t wait to welcome visitors to our little venture.
We’ll post more as the build progresses, but do drop us a note if you’d like any more information about the methods used.