Asked on Oct 14, 2015

Underside of new roof

Wendy Tellson ArmisteadKarenLee
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I have just had a new roof put onto my utility room, replacing the (UGH!) ancient and dirty corrugated plastic.The builder has used very good wood rafters and one nice beam down the center, but you can see the silver insulating material between the rafters. If we put plasterboard, it will hide the rafters. I wonder if anything will stick to that silver plastic surface. Not a surface to be painted.
7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 14, 2015

    you really need to deal with this with the builder. Why would you try to fix someones mistake.

  • Wendy Tellson Armistead
    Wendy Tellson Armistead
    on Oct 15, 2015

    I think I wasn't clear with my question..the builder is asking meI if I want the underside done with drywall (which will hide the nice wood rafters) or left as is..where the rafters show, but the insulation can be seen.Ideally, i would like something to cover the insulation and leave the rafters exposed!

  • Susan Bechamp
    Susan Bechamp
    on Oct 15, 2015

    Can the builder nail cleats to the sides of the rafters and insert drywall or T&G between the rafters that way? A 2 x 2 nailed close to the insulation with the ceiling material nailed to that should leave a decent amount of each rafter visible. They might need to add a ridged air channel to keep an air gap between the insulation and the interior ceiling surface.

  • Wendy Tellson Armistead
    Wendy Tellson Armistead
    on Oct 15, 2015

    Hi Susan, this is a logical solution, but in some areas, the wood rafters are crossed with other wood supports, so it would be a HUGE job, with every piece cut precisely to fit.. about 30 of them...I am beginning to think that this is not going to be easily solved. hanks fr your idea, which would work, but a huge job..Wendy

  • Lee
    Lee
    on Oct 15, 2015

    Sometimes the extra expense is just not worth it! I believe putting a traditional ceiling in would be the best choice. Would seeing all the support structures be pleasing to the eye?

  • Karen
    Karen
    on Oct 17, 2015

    I think you should have the ceiling drywalled and then put up mock wooden ceiling beams if you are going for that beamed ceiling look. Google "mock wooden ceiling beams" and you will get all kinds of images for ideas.

  • Wendy Tellson Armistead
    Wendy Tellson Armistead
    on Oct 17, 2015

    Hi Karen, Thanks for your idea! I hadn't thought of that...! Wendy

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