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May 11, 2012 |

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The Momplex, she just got her hair done.

And now she's already going gray.

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Building the Momplex has been very different than building our home.

Unlike our home where we choose things that we like and can afford, at the Momplex we are choosing things that make sense.

You see, we hope Mom lives in the Momplex for a long long time, until she's 100 years old! And while she lives in the Momplex, we do not want her worrying about maintenance.

I think a nice house is a well maintained house. One that is properly cared for. And because Mom might be too old to get up on the roof and fix it (heck I am too!) in ten or twenty years, we went with the roofing that will last 40 or 50 years. And that's a metal roof.

And as I looked at all the colors of roofing, I asked myself, what color will I still like in 40 or 50 years? Barn red? Denali Green? Tahoe Blue? I could not be certain.

So we went gray.

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With the metal roofing panels comes the trim and accessories. Here we have the ridge cap and rake flashing. I'll show you where they all go.

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We also opted to add fully wrapped fascia - so Mom doesn't have to get up on a lift and paint the fascia in 10 years - and you also so here the drip edge.

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It all starts by rolling tar paper over the plywood roof. This get's stapled down directly to the plywood. You start at the bottom and work your way upward.

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Then the bottom drip edge is added

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We actually also add the fully wrapped fascia underneath as well.

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But then we took it back off because of how we plan to finish out our sofits (or the underside of the roof overhangs). We'll get to that in a bit - the sofits are now on order and should be here any day.

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We opted for the exposed fastener system just because it was a $1000 less than the standing seam metal roof and with the height of the roof, you will never be able to see the difference.

Work is always easier done on the ground instead of on the roof. So the Ram predrills holes in the metal roof.

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He's smart. he drills holes through all the sheets so the screws are attached in pattern, and saves time. No fun drilling every single sheet!

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So the sheets are carefully hauled up to the roof on a Ram-made pallet and layed on the roof. And it's time to add screws.

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Aren't you glad we predrilled the holes in pattern?

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A string line is used to guide the bottom edge of the roofing panels to make sure the overhang is consistent all the way down.

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And by the end of the day, the front of the Momplex is fully gray.

The back, with the added roof over the garages, will be a little more work. We are going to save that for another day.

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And I just want to apologize to you for the lack of photos up on the roof.

Because this is as far as I venture on that roof.

And hopefully, this is as far as Mom will ever have to go too.

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Exciting

This is getting more exciting by the day. I hit your site at least once each day (sometimes more) just waiting for the latest update. Like everyone else, I'm waiting breathlessly for the big finale!

posted by Robinwood | on Mon, 2012-05-14 18:57
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Gray was a good choice, it

Gray was a good choice, it looks distinguished. A little gray up top says, "I'm mature, but I still like to have fun."

If I could put a new roof on my house, I would go with a charcoal gray.

How are the moms? Are they freaking-out-excited??

posted by birdsandsoap | on Mon, 2012-05-14 22:04
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"I'm mature but still like to

"I'm mature but still like to have fun." Hahahahaha!!!! Hilarious!

posted by jennhoff | on Wed, 2012-05-16 15:32
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I agree...

It's very exciting to see the progress, I can't wait until we get back to the cabinets, I've been waiting on the cabinet door tutorials. ;-) Yay MomPlex!!!!!!

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Mon, 2012-05-14 22:17
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Metal roof

I was wondering if you were going to do a metal roof. I'm SOOOOO glad that you did! The Momplex will be extra warm in the winter, and cooler in the summer. YAY for lower heating and cooling bills! I HATE HATE HATE our shingle roof. we lose shingles every year. We're also in Texas....and have had tornadoes very close by the last two years (roof damage was it, thankfully). I would LOVE a metal roof--no maintenance and lower energy usage. When we can, I'm going to get a metal roof. Thank you for that idea for drilling all the holes at once! That makes it so much easier!

I'm curious; what company made the Momplex roof?

posted by lianatempera | on Wed, 2012-05-16 08:31
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excellent choice

A large percentage of roofs in Australia are "tin". they manage our extremes so well. snow, all the way thru to the baking sun!!! And they look great! quite the aussie classic!!!! ;-)

posted by Juanita_r | on Wed, 2012-05-16 19:41

ummm...

I THINK I'm seeing that you guys screwed through the "valley" instead of the higher part of the metal. Even with the washer (rubber or metal) you'll have leaks in a few years. The screws are supposed to go through the highest point, we made this mistake on our roof at our previous residence and it was a complete nightmare. We also had a contractor incorrectly install our metal roof on our office building and 11 years later, the rubber washers eventually weathered away and now we're paying for THAT screw up.

I don't mean to be a bad news bear but with the extreme weather you guys face, it's better to know now when you can fix it (replace it) than wait for water to ruin all your hard work.

posted by Veronica Gentry84 (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-29 23:04

I was wondering the exact

I was wondering the exact same thing, and I am not a specialist nor do I have a roof attached like this. The very first thought I had immediately after I saw the picture of the guy drilling holes was: "OK, that'll be interesting to see how they will insulate the screwheads against leaking."

posted by Henk from the Netherlands (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-06-06 15:14

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