Dan is making progress on the old goat shed re-roofing project.
|Framing and roof rafters for the extension of the shed|
The nailers are oak, given to us by the fellow from whom Dan bought his sawmill. They were cut on that same mill.
|Metal roofing panels|
Originally we were going to get the same metal roofing panels that we put on the chicken coop. They were corrugated metal panels from Lowes. That was a little over two years ago, and we discovered that what is being sold there now is a lighter weight panel; too light, really, for a roof. Most metal roofs are at least 29 gauge, more often 26 (the smaller the number the thicker the panel.) Customer reviews said the lighter panels are extremely thin and easily dented or bent. Not that Lowes advertised it, but we found out that their panels are now 30 or 31 gauge. We feared one fallen pecan tree branch would trash the roof. Dan started calling around to price panels.
In years past we've tried to support local businesses when we could, but usually ended up at the big box stores for big projects because of the limits of our budget. Dear Readers, we've discussed worsening quality before (in the comments in this post) and most folks agree poor quality is becoming a universal problem. I say this is an unfortunate consequence of our current economic system, because their definition of success is "growth," i.e. ever-increasing profits. Ideally that comes from selling more product, but when sales drop other measures must be taken to maintain that precious growth: raise prices, spend less on materials and inventory (cheaper quality), cut services, cut wages, or lay off workers. It's why the system is ultimately doomed to fail. The only hope would be for manufacturers and businesses to be content with simply providing a product or service and making a living, but we all know that ain't gonna happen. However, as prices go up and quality goes down at the large scale chain stores, the small local business, with lower overhead and no investors to please, is able to be competitive.
Anyway, we found a little place in town that cuts and sells metal panels. Our 29-gauge galvalume panels were cut to order and about 20¢ cheaper per square foot than the flimsy big-box panels!
As to the title of this blog post, why roof by halvsies? Well, when Dan removed the remaining fascia board off the back of the shed he discovered that the ends of many of the original rafters were rotted. By roofing the newly extended half first, we'll be able to keep everything (including the goats) undercover while he repairs and roofs the second half.
Here it is so far:
|It reflects a lot of light - I like that.|
|First half paneled. This shot shows an overhang for what will be a door.|
Eventually a wall will be built along the posts and girder in the above photo. The goat door will be under the overhang which will protect it from rain and mud (something we've had a lot of problems with in the past). The goats' area will be more than doubled once we're done, and I'll have plenty of room for milking, feed processing, and storage of goat stuff too.
The second half will be more complicated because of the structural repair I mentioned. You can read all about that here.
Shed Roof by Halvsies © June 2016 by