If the roofing of your prefab tiny house is leaky and old, it will be a good idea to build a new roof rather than investing in repairs. It will be even better to build the new roof over the existing one. This will not only provide a new roof but also an improved barrier from the heat, cold, and rains. Moreover, the old roofing can offer great insulation to your home. The steps to build a new roof for prefab homes are discussed below.
Build End Frames
You can start building the roof of the prefab tiny from the end. You can use 2 x 6 rafters and a 2 x 10 top stringer to build the frame. You will need many top stringers to make all the frames, but make sure that you start from the ending frames. You can then overlap the stringers by six inches to finish from one end of the home to the other.
If you are planning to use one of the frames as a template, you will need to use a piece of plywood and blocks of wood for the corners. After putting them in place, you can lay out the rafters. To assemble the rafter frame fast, you may use a rafter hanger. Keep in mind that you will need enough rafters to place one frame every sixteen inches.
Lay Plywood Sheathing
For sheathing, you can use half-inch plywood sheet. Make sure that you lay down the sheathing over the complete area of the roofing. In addition, you will need to cut the plywood sheathing around plumbing and roof vents. After securely installing the plywood roof sheeting, you will need to lay down the roofing felt and staple it to the sheathing.
Install Shingles and Soffit
Now you can install the roof shingles. You can start at the edge of the roof, securing the shingles with roofing nails. You can use a chalk to draw a line along which you need to install the shingles. This will help you ensure that the rows of shingles that you add to the roof are straight and leveled. After installing the first row of shingles, it will be easy for you to install rest of the shingles, keeping the first row as the reference. After installing the shingles, you can install the soffits to have new roofing for your prefab home.
How to Maintain Wood Burning Fireplace in a Prefab Tiny House
A cozy fire in the wood burning fireplace of your prefab tiny house can be the best way to keep your family and your home warm in the winter. If you have not cleaned the wood burning fireplace of your home since last winter, it is better to clean it now to use it in the next winter. The tips to maintain the wood burning fireplace are discussed below.
Schedule Annual Inspection
It will be a good idea to get the chimney of your wood burning fireplace checked by an inspector. This will help you ensure that the chimney has no blocks and that it is safe to use the fireplace. In addition, make sure that the inspector checks that cap at the top of the chimney that is provided to keep small animals and rain out of the fireplace.
Store Wood Carefully
If you burn real wood in the fireplace, make sure that it is completely dry. For better results, you can use wood that has been split for more than six months. If you store the wood outside the home, ensure that it is stored at least a feet off the ground. This will ensure good ventilation between the pieces. In addition, you will need to cover the woodpile with a tarp.
Check Damper Regularly
Between the professional annual inspections, you need to check the chimney for blocks. You can use a flashlight to ensure that the chimney is not blocked. Build up from leaves and ash can block the chimney. Creosote formed from half burned wood can also build up blocking the chimney. This material is flammable and should be removed as soon as you find it in your chimney.
After making sure that the chimney is clean without any blocks, you can remove all the debris and ash from the firebox. Collect the debris into a container and when most of debris has been removed, you can sweep or vacuum the firebox. In addition, make sure that the damper of the fireplace is wide open before lighting it up.
Burn Wood Clean
Make sure that you use only real wood, composition logs, or white matte paper in the fireplace of your prefab tiny house. Using any other materials can harm the health of people living inside the home. In addition, while burning composition log in your fireplace, you will need to go for those materials that emanate very few pollutants.