Patio Project

Here is the original patio roof. A simple metal roof that sags, leaks horribly, and looks like it came from the 50's.

I started tearing the old roof down on July 4, 2001. Oh, the destructive power of a reciprocating saw.

This is by far the biggest construction project I've undertaken. I had a good idea of what needed to be done, but I went slow just to make sure I didn't screw something up.

I was making good progress, but somehow I severely sprained my ankle. I was out of commission for over a week.

After my ankle got better I started building again. The first thing I did was set the post mounts.

The posts are treated 6x6's.

The beam is made of 2x8's sandwiched together...3 boards thick.

The bottom rafters are 2x6. I notched them at both ends to fit over the beam and the top plate. This made things stronger and kept the beam in line with the wall.

I finished the bottom rafters on September 11, 2001...the day terrorists attacked America.

I used 2x8's for the top of the rafters. I notched these, too, where they fit over the beam. I used treated 2x10's for the fascia.

I used 3/4" Structurewood for the decking.

I replaced the entire roof with metal roofing from Daviess County Metal. With the high price of shingles metal roofing was a cost effective alternative. It was very easy to put on.

The project turned out very well, especially since I'm a construction rookie. The metal roof is quiet because it's placed over the old roof.

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