Finishing the Roof and Building Porches
Log Home Diary Entry #25
Well, we’re in for a bit of a delay in finishing the roof. Had we opted for a standard shingle roof, one could have quickly been put on at this stage. However, we wanted to have a forest green metal roof that would enhance the log-home look while adding the durability of metal. What we didn’t count on was that the decision meant a bit of a construction delay. After the roof is complete, precise measurements are taken; the fabricator of the roof makes the majority of the cuts, as each roof is essentially custom cut to specifications provided by our builder. The process from measurement to delivery of the metal roof system was about two-and-a-half weeks.
We also are at a point where the logs need to be power-washed inside and out. Now that is something you don’t do in a conventional stick-built home. But because the logs sat outside for a period of time, there were some that were discolored and dirty. They need to be freshened up, but this can’t be done until the roof is finished; otherwise, the power-washing or rainwater coming off the roofing felt would cause further discoloring and streaking. And we need to complete the power-washing before the logs can be caulked and stained.
Once the metal roof was delivered, the process of fastening the roof over the roofing felt went quickly. We think the metal roof looks traditional and very log-home appropriate. Undoubtedly, some of this is personal preference; but the unsolicited comments of third parties could be summarized with “Wow, looks sharp!” Of course, we agreed.
We need to change gears here and back up a few steps to talk about building the porches. Normally, this is done next, but on our house, this was done early and out of normal sequence. Why? Simply for practical reasons. Our builder had limited space close to the house to stage the material. Also, our land’s steep grade presented a more difficult construction challenge. To minimize the challenge, our builder wanted the porches built concurrently with the log-home structure. This gave the workers a more solid work foundation to help in the construction of the walls and the movement of material. We haven’t talked about this previously so as to not make the process more confusing to describe. It was simply one of those construction adjustments that an experienced general contractor makes to make life a bit easier.
The porch footings and piers were constructed along with the house foundation. A sill plate is attached to the top of the porch piers and a 2-by-10 ledger is bolted to the side of the foundation. Double 2-by-8s are glued and nailed together to form the outer rim seal. Triple 2-by-8s are glued and nailed for the intermediate girders, and 2-by-6 porch decking material is installed across the joists.
This was as far as the initial porch construction went and provided the work space needed. After the log walls were raised, the porch lintel was added, and later, the porch roof was completed.
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