COMMUNITY FORUM

sadickers

07:21AM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 02/20/04
52 lifetime posts
Bvroofing
Let me start by saying that I suspect that I will need an engineers opinion, but just want to throuw this out here to see if anyone has had experience with this and wheter it is something doable at less than the national debt.

We live in the desert southwest and currently have old asphalt shingles for roofing. We would guess that they are most likely original on the house which is roughly 30 years old so are pretty much at the end of their useful life. When we replace the roof there is some structural work that I will need to do on the rafters as they mount the furnace/ac unit on the roofs here and when they built the house the rafters were not properly sized to carry the weight load. I have done some temporary repairs inside but with limited access it is hard to maneuver new timbers into the attic to double up on the original rafters, but have had some success. The roof is stick framed, no trusses anywhere in the house (1 story ranch). My plan is to have the HVAC guys come and remove the unit from the roof, it is also 30yrs old, and then remove the sheeting in that section and redo the rafters in the area where the unit sits. What we want to have installed are the tile shingles that look like regular shingles, but our concern is the weight load of these as compared to the asphalt shingles and as the whether the existing structure will support the additionl load if there is any.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. I guess I could just trust the roofing contractor but a little information going into this I believe would allow me to make a more inteligent evaluation of their recomendations and bids as either way I we will be putting out some pretty good money. I can do any of the structural work required but I'll leave the roof installation to the professionals. Besides if it leaks I've got someone to hold responsible. haha.

Thanks for the responses.

pgriz

09:42AM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 01/21/03
66 lifetime posts
As a roofer, if I had a customer in your situation, I would bring in a structural engineer and have him/her do a load analysis and see how many changes have to be made to your home's structure to accomodate. Roofers do not have the expertise to advise you, nor do the HVAC people. General Contractors may have, but they usually have a structural engineer on retainer for just this type of inquiry. Furthermore, you will most probably need to obtain a permit to carry out this type of work, and the permit department will usually require an architect or civil engineer to sign off on the plans submitted to obtain the permit. You are going to need more than an engineer's opinion, and unfortunately, you'll have to pay for it.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Getting a game of horseshoes together is as easy as driving two stakes into the ground, exactly 40 feet apart—the regulati... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2