It took some long evenings this past week, but we passed our most recent inspection. Yeah! It is obviously a relief, and in some ways feels like an accomplishment. On the other hand, an inspection passed means moving on to the next stages of the build and even more jobs to complete.
This inspection was the roof decking, the wall sheathing and the strapping. The next one, which is called “dry-in in progress,” includes the roof underlayment, the Tyvek wrap of the walls, and the installation of the windows. Seeing as we live in Florida and the wet season is quickly approaching, the idea of drying in the house is pretty exciting, so we got right to work the day after the inspection.
Because we are planning to install a metal standing seam roof, we decided to use a high-temp peel and stick product. This really is the best, easiest and fastest way to get the roof dried in. We hired a crew to take care of this job because at this point not many people are interested in getting up on the roof. (It is 27 feet at the highest point, and that is a little higher than we want any of our friends and family to go.) Also, the professionals can get this job done so much faster than we could. We saw that in action when they showed up Saturday morning. Within three hours, they were gone and we had a sealed roof.
This is another job that we will gladly hire a professional to do. We did the wrap on our garage ourselves, but it was not a pleasant job. Even though that building is only 15 feet at the peak and is a much simpler structure, it was still quite an undertaking. We are trying to learn from our past struggles and know when it is worth it to spend some money to save ourselves a lot of work and frustration. We already have a contractor and are just waiting for him to be available.
This is definitely the job that will take the most work and time as it involves several steps, and there are plenty of things that can go wrong along the way.
First, we need to add the bucking. This is a wood frame the the window will attach to. (Here’s a more detailed explanation.) If we did our job right when framing, each rough opening should have room for 1 inch bucking on each side as well as the top and 2 inch on the bottom sill. If we did our job right…. We have already discovered a few issues. So we just make sure to test fit each window before going any further to try to avoid having to backtrack too much.
Then, we need to begin the waterproofing process for each opening. Because the house isn’t fully wrapped yet, we are just adding Tyvek around each window that the contractor will be able to tie in to when he comes to do the rest of the house.
Once the Tyvek is in, it is time for the waterproofing tape. This is not the most fun job we have done so far, but it is very necessary. Basically, it takes three layers with each one overlapping the previous.
Then just repeat that process for each window. Considering there are more than 25 windows, shouldn’t take long. Right? Well, we’ll just keep chipping away like we always do knowing that one inspection passed means another is on the horizon until the very last one!
UPDATE: After we did this, we realized we had the wrong tape for the corner and had to redo the windows we had done. More on this here.