This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

A House – Update XVII – Main Roof – Update I

With the house internal walls framed, it was time to finish on the roof. I decided to go with metal roofing, for its longevity.

First, the tar paper (roof felt) was installed with a hammer stapler:

House Roof Tar Paper/Roof Felt Being Installed
House Roof Tar Paper/Roof Felt Finished

And we painted the face-plates:

House Roof Face Plate Painted

Then it was time to put up the metal. First, we pre-drilled the holes where the grommeted screws were to be put. I chose to do them 2 feet apart up the metal pieces:

Pre-Drilling Holes in Roofing Metal

And here is the first piece installed:

First Piece of Roofing Metal Installed

Between each piece of metal, we laid down “tacky tape” where the next metal piece would overlap:

Laying Down Roof Metal Tacky Tape

And we installed metal edging with the fitted foam on top underneath the roof metal. We found that putting the foam on first and placing the edging in place before laying down the metal piece worked best:

Metal Edging with Roof Metal Fitted Foam

For these long pieces, we really needed two people to put up the roofing:

Carrying the Roof Metal on the Porch Roof
Carrying the Roof Metal onto the Roof
Placing the Roof Metal on the Roof

And here is the roof with all of the metal in place, including the ridge cap:

Roof Metal Complete

We put metal edging on the gabled end of the roof as well:

Roof Gabled End with Metal Edging

And here is a closer view of the end of the ridge cap. Mr. Gurau thought to stuff fitted foam in the ends, and with that and some caulking, that seemed to work pretty well without having to buy the typical metal roof trim and end caps. Hopefully what we did will be ok in the long-run:

Metal Roof Fitted Foam in Ridge Cap end

Since we don’t have air conditioning, air flow is everything, in trying to vent out the air that is heated in the attic space. Rather than buy the typical ridge vents, I decided to try a vented foam that simply is installed under the ridge cap: it’s less expensive and is supposed to vent very well:

Ridge Cap Vented Foam

And finally, here is a look up at the ridge cap with it and the vented foam installed:

Inside View of Ridge Cap Installed

Once again, we are grateful to the Lord for allowing continued progress on the home, and thank Him for the resources to do so.

— David


  1. Topher

    Well done, David. I imagine your back was pretty sore at the end of those days of work.

    Grace and peace to you.
    Liberty Hill, TX

  2. Anonymous

    David & Susan

    The roof looks very nice and certainly a good choice for the metal for the longevity, when all is done it is going to be very nice
    and a job well done.

    Pat Tolbert

  3. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Mrs. Tolbert, Chris,

    We are thankful to the Lord for the progress.

    It was a little effort, but Mr. Gurau did most of the work. I know working on the roofs has been hard work for him and his back, and we've been thankful for his help.

    Nice to hear from you both, and thanks.

    — David

  4. Irritated Farmer

    Have you been able to tell if the foam-ridge is giving you the air-flow you'd like? I'm going to try a cupola on my schoolhouse an painting the roof with elastomeric paint with ceramic insulation. I know those folks prior to AC were not any tougher than us, were they?

  5. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Irritated,

    We don't have any of the inside siding/roof done, so the trusses are still exposed, and we don't really know yet how they'll work. Hoping they do! 🙂

    — David

  6. gail

    Your roof is looking terrific. Our home was built 23 years ago and it has a Zincaloom roof like yours. When we bought here 3 years ago the roof was checked and was still in excellent condition. We would not have any other type of roofing. We have guttering and downpipes all the way round all our rooves to collect the rainwater.
    You have a wonderful catchment now which will supply plenty of lovely fresh water. Our home also has a verandah going all the way which allows us always access to shade, a cool breeze or sun whichever we are after.
    Your home is looking lovely.
    Blessings Gail

  7. David and Susan Sifford

    Thanks Gail, and thanks for saying hello. We are grateful to God for allowing us to continue on the house.

    — David

  8. John C.

    I'm doing the same thing with my roof venting as yours (except I went with battens under the galvalume). Can you tell me more about the foam venting that you used? (ie. product name and/or where I can order it online). Trying to save some money here, just like you. Thanks!


  9. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi John,

    They're from Marco Industries and called low profile ridge vents, but I got them at a local steel place where I got the roof tin. It looks like this is the current web site for the vents:

    HTH and that it works out for you.

    — David

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