Framing a roof
Patios are nice spaces in your garden where you can enjoy the fresh air and relax in a hot summer day. A nice addition to your patio is a roof. This will make the place more usable and pleasant.
Here are the tools and materials required:
- Pressure treated lumber
- Drill and drill bits
- Plywood sheets
- Roofing shingles
- Roofing tacks
- Stainless steel nuts
- Stainless steel bolts
- Spirit level
- Asphalt roll
Planning is very important. Not only that it will help you build the roof mistake proof but it can also help you get some special permits for the construction. The roof needs to be large enough to cover the entire patio and it also need to be strong and stable.
Now the support posts will need to be placed inn holes. Mark their place and then dig holes that are at least 18 inches deep. The put the posts in the holes and pour concrete over them. You need to make sure that all posts are leveled and that they remain unmoved until the concrete hardens. Also they need to have the same height. Use scrap wood to support them.
Let the concrete dry overnight. If you want the roof to be slightly inclined, then you can cut the posts farthest from the house a little shorter then the others.
Now you will need to fix the beams on the support posts until you have a frame. Make sure that the beams are all cut to the right lengths. Use only stainless steel bolts and nuts to secure them. Connect joists between these roof beams to offer extra support.
Cover the roof with plywood sheets. Nail them down into the joists and beams. Cover the roof with a waterproof membrane and then with asphalt shingles or the shingles of your choice.
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