Corrugated Roof

Yesterday, before the rain started, my father-in-law and I got the roof covered with corrugated steel. So now the structure is mostly protected from the weather. To seal the house up I just have the end wall to cover with plywood, a layer of housewrap to add, then windows and a door. I’ll need to build a door, but I have everything else already. It feels nice to be back on the horse.

I also want to thank my father-in-law for all his help on the roof. He not only scored the material but had the necessary agility, at 20 years my senior, to fling himself on top of the roof and finish the ridge. He came off with a double back-flip.

Here are some photos of the house with it’s tin roof. First photo by Sherry Johnson.

18 thoughts on “Corrugated Roof

  1. It looks like you used pallets for the framing–is that right? I’m curious to know what kind of insulation you’re planning to use and where you live?

  2. Yes pallets.

    I’ve been collecting styrofoam trash for the walls. I may use other stuff too but the current plan is to stuff the walls with styrofoam.

  3. Peanuts and other chunks of foam that comes with stuff in boxes. You know like corners and sheets.

    I’ll probably not know exactly how I’ll do it until I do, but I suspect I’ll stuff some in and then staple up some plastic sheeting, stuff some in, staple, etc.

  4. Love it! Way to go recycling. What a great use for that styrofoam trash! Gives me ideas for inside walls to insulate for sound in our home.

  5. hi am amazed to see this for the last couple of weeks i have been trying to design a cabbin from free stuff. had the idea of pallets as walls and drawn a few designs up and its very reasuring knowing that it has been done before. was going to use tree/trunk telagraugh poles, pallets. wasnt sure what i would use for roofing any idea or tips. thanks chris.

  6. Hi there,
    Great project, I really like your philosophy around the build.

    I noticed your comment about the foam.
    I’m not sure what you guys in the U.S call it, but look into Gutter Mesh. In Australia it’s used to stop small organic rubbish getting into the gutters of homes within fire prone regions. It’s jusy a very fine steel mesh and lining you walls with something like that would hold your foam pallets easily. You could then go over it with an earth and/or lime plaster (really just earth render) to seal it up.
    I’m sure it’s not just for gutters and should come in variations for different uses, if so logic would suggest there would be surplus available somewhere.

  7. Interesting site. Did wonder whether there would be a fire risk using styrofoam and also whether the improved insulating properties of using a rigid building foam would make more sense. In the UK you often see odd bits thrown away at the end of a build.

  8. Rigid foam board would make more sense and if I were going to buy something, that would be it. Since trash styrofoam is free I’m using it on the free house. To help reduce fire risk my current thinking is to use drywall (scrap of course) on the interior walls.

  9. In my area (Wisconsin) loose styrofoam can only be used in masonry walls. I personaly think that if your foam is of the peanut variety it will be of minimal r value.

    Inspiring effort though, making me move.

  10. This is just one of the greatest ideas and for you to put it out there for us to learn from. Thank you! I just found the inspiration for my next project…. a tiny recyled home. I will be looking for your progress and the next pics…! :o)

  11. I just found your blog. I think this is a wonderful project. I did have a couple of questions. Are you going to put some kind of vapor barrier between the outer and inner walls to keep moister out? and… Did you insulate the floor at all? The second question is because, depending on where you live, that air space between the bottom of the trailer and the ground could suck any heat you might have right out.

  12. Make sure you are careful about fire. The styrofoam will emit toxic gases when burned, which could overwhelm you, even escaping a tiny house.

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  14. Just a thought….there is a product called Great Stuff that is marketed as an injected foam insulator for filling cracks and such. I learned a few years ago (reading the Mother Earth News) that is also works great for gluing styrofoam chunks and sheets to anything; wood, metal, plastic. Once you begin your insulating project you may find that helpful…..also places that sell and install flatscreen TVs will often be a good place to get additional chunks as well as larger thin sheets of styrofoam, as well as free plastic sheeting (TV box size).

  15. Great job although since I haven’t seen anything about a finished project, nor anything past 2013, I fear you have given up. This may be a bit of a longshot but I got scraps (sometimes large scraps) of actual fiberglass insulation from a local company that builds commercial buildings. I used it stuffed into pallets and used as insulation behind the skirting on my doublewide mobile home. I live in an area with frequent high winds and occassional winter wind chills of -60. My heat and electric were cut almost in half! Hope to see more from you. I’m collecting pallets for a bunch of projects now. I have access to hundreds!

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