I don’t know what’s going on or who we pissed off but virtually nothing is happening at the house. In all fairness I’ve only mustered enough energy and time to wrap and finish off four more windows. Beyond that not much is happening. The blue rigid insulation continues to be put on, along with the firring strips for the siding. Most of the dormers are done and the west gable is complete. The porch roof also now has underlayment. Our roofer recommended, and installed, ice guard over the entire roof due to the shallow 2.5/12 pitch of the roof. The screen porch roof is a lot easier to walk on than the 12/12 pitch of the main house. Almost like walking on the ground. All this work is in preparation for the other roofer who will install the metal roof.
Which leads us to today. They started installing the standing seam metal roof today! Rejoice!
In case you were dying with anticipation, we went with Sheffield’s COOLR Energy Efficient Metal Roofing Material in a Pre-Weathered Galvalume color. Thickness is 24 gauge (as opposed to a typical 26 gauge material.) This metallic color is a Kynar 500 finish and looks like a charcoal grey in regular light. Today it looked light grey due to the overcast rainy skies. This color, like most COOLR colors is EnergyStar and LEED 2009 compliant. It has an ISR (initial solar reflectance) of 0.30 and an EMI (emissivity) of 0.79, and finally an SRI (solar reflectance index) of 27. These numbers are fairly respectable and should help keep the house cool in the summer. The durable metal finish will outlast me, even if I stopped drinking and started exercising. We’ll never have to replace our roof unless, god forbid, we get hit by a massive hail storm or tornado. Only worry might be a scratch or rust but the Kynar finish is pretty durable. I’m not worried.
The finish will be good to for collecting rain water as our primary water supply. I did some research and decided that a metal roof was the best finish for collecting rain water for my family. You can use pretty much anything other than cedar shakes. The cedar will leach stuff into the water that’ll make you sick. Asphalt shingles don’t sound like an appealing surface to drink from so that, in conjunction with having to replace them every 10-20 years, nixed that option. Copper, Aluminum, and slate all would have been viable options as well I suppose. Plastic roofing was a possible option too.
Additionally I stopped out early this morning to post up notes for the AWOL electricians and noticed our excavator (the guy) out working in the dark, the lights on the excavator (the big yellow machine) illuminating the back yard. Today was a double-header of success in that in addition to the roof, the septic tank was installed. Not sure if it was inspected but at some point they’ll truck in 1,800 gallons of water to test the system and get the inspector to sign off on it. The septic system won’t actually be hooked up to the house until virtually when we move in to assure it stays “clean” and free of debris that might compromise the system. We’ll also get a list of stuff we shouldn’t throw down the drain. If we throw bacteria killing agents or chemicals down the drain it will negate the bacteria in the system rendering the system useless. I think we should be fine, but will be interesting to see the list.
I of course was so engrossed by our new roof, I forgot to take pictures of the septic tank for you to enjoy today. If it’s still uncovered tomorrow I’ll take a pic. It’s actually pretty cool looking. I think it’s plastic and it’s finished in a racy green color. The location is half way between the house and septic field. Waste will be pumped up from the house to the tank, then up to the field. The actual location may wreak havoc with our landscape plan but at this point I don’t even care anymore. Just get it in there and we’ll deal with the impact to the master plan later. As noted early on, the house is shifted about 20-60 feet west so our landscape plan would need adjustment anyway.
Goodbye sewer bills! (of course we’ll have septic maintenance bills, but I suspect those will be less or at the very least fairly constant……we’ll see.)
Hopefully someone starts working again on the HVAC and electric. We also have some framing to finish too before insulation can start going in. Exterior doors were slated to show up today too, but didn’t.
But I can’t complain too much because I’m just as guilty. We have a laundry list of things to design and detail and select. I thought at some point it’d be easy or more enjoyable. Enjoyable at times, easy never. There’s also some labor I can do out at the site as well so maybe a few days off work are in order.