Blue chalet

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How to roof a chalet

Step One: order a dark blue while preferring a lighter blue but it’s not available on the colour chart. Be happy when the colour chart is wrong and you get lighter blue.

The small panel resembles the colour chart. The light panel is what I wanted and received. To be fair, either is okay.

The darker blue most closely matches the colour chart but the received panel matches what I wanted. I'm okay with that.
The darker blue most closely matches the colour chart but the received panel matches what I wanted. I’m okay with that.
Install the roof

Well, I had given  up hope that the chalet would get tin on the roof before winter set in. But my roofing supplier (thx JR) got me my tin in two days. Then it was bitter cold and windy on the weekend (initial forecast -2C sunny, then -7, finally we got -9) so while I had the panels on the trailer no tin went up.

Monday was still cold, -6 but there was no wind and some sun on the lower roof. Got to work and the first half of the roof tinned. Then Tuesday there was a warming trend. Woke up to -4.

No messing around

Had a quick cup of coffee and then got out there. Headed out around 10 was done by 11. No messing around.

I used the tractor to carry the tin over to the lower roof. Stood the tin up leaning against the roof. Climbed up on the roof. Dragged the first piece of tin into place. Eyeballed the placement. Put in a screw.

Got down off the roof. Checked the alignment. Moved it over three inches. Back an inch. Back an inch. Back an inch. Perfect. Climbed back up on the roof. Put screws in. Hauled up another sheet. Lined it up. Put screws in. Repeat.

Just in time. Weather forecast is for 10-15 cms of snow (6 to 8").
Just in time. Weather forecast is for 10-15 cms of snow (6 to 8″).
These screws ain’t loose

After the first straps worth of screws are in I get down. Drive the tractor back over to the other side of the chalet. Put the fel up in the air so if I slide off the roof I’ve got some’at to catch me.

Put in a bunch of screws. I’m done stage one. There’s lots of finishing to do, but the roof is on and when it snows, metal roofs are pretty good at shedding the overburden.

We’ll see how noisy those unsupported edges are when the wind blows. Methinks I’ll be putting some strapping on to stiffen things up. But hey, gotta leave something for another day right.

 

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