How do I extend a sloping roof line to shield against rain and snow?

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  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Dec 28, 2019

    Now, Boo. You should know better. Even Roofers cannot safely work in the Winter Snow. This means not however that your roof is totally in shambles however. This means that a Project this large must wait until at least May or June.


    I've encountered this dilemma before, with consulting a Firm and also a few Carpenters who complained: 'They call me in the winter for a roof! I can't do it, and I lose business'.

    They needed to learn how to put off the job politely, solve the immediate urgency, and remind the client of who to call in the Spring.

    So, although you must put the Bulk of this Job off for the winter, as long as you wear cleats or boots, you can factually defend any weak or broken Area by?

    You're gonna love this:

    Attaching a Hinged Door styled mechanism, I call a Quicky

    Door, to where the Rafters are yet good.

    How To Make a Quicky Door...

    The Makeshift of the Quicky Door is quite Straightforward for Lowe's or Home Depot to cut and gather the Hardwares

    Quicky Door

    A. 4 qty 72" × 4" × 3/4"

    B. 4 qty 32" × 4" × 3/4"

    C. 2 qty 40" × 40" × 3/4"

    D. 250 qty 9D Galvanized Nails

    E. 3 qty Door Hinges of no greater Size than 2".

    F. 9 decent sized Galvanized Screws for the Hinges.

    And Safety Gears:

    G.1 1 damned good 24 foot long 2" Rope or Chains.

    G.2 If you get chains, get a set of 2 Master Locks.

    H. Eyewear and Gloves

    And if you don't have nothing to attach the rope to inside

    I. 3 Large Eye Hooks that you can Slide the Rope or Chain

    Through to Secure yourself To the Roof or Rafters


    J. Exterior Sealant like Tar

    K. Paint

    L. 1 qty 2"×4"×96"

    Tools: 1 Hammer, a Drill, a Tape measure & Ratcheting Philips Screwdriver

    Assembly on a Roof

    You get all this shtuff except the rope out on the roof unless you have someone on the Roof, then you use the Rope and a Bucket to Lift everything up to the roof.

    Once you do, you

    1. tie the rope through the Belt Buckles of your Blue Jeans and Secure Both Ends can Reach Something indoors like: a Rafter in the Roof.


    2. Secure Chains snug around your waist with 2 Locks.

    For extra Safety, Place the Eye hooks in the Rafters inside or On the Outside.

    Then you can commense Construction of the Quicky Door.

    Construction and Placing the Quicky Door

    If you want it painted, Paint it First.

    You will be nailing in either a Y or W Pattern.

    With D, You fasten A to the Sides of C, and put a Decent Joint Compound between the first and second C, before you fasten the second C to A.

    B fastens to the Top and Bottom.

    You do this on both the Front and Back of C.

    Lo, it is a Quicky Door.

    You then attach E to the Quicky Door.

    You then measure where the Nearest Rafter to the hole or delayed project is.

    Always, it is within the 80"×40" area of the Door.

    Once you got the Quicky Door together, you use F to Fasten the Hinges to either:

    1. the Roof.

    2. Optional L that you fasten horizontally across 3 to 5 Rafters.

    And if you follow these steps...

    Voila, you have a Protective Mechanism for the part of the roof.

    Now, as pertain altering the slope, as you need to know the extension length and slope°, the door having hinges assists in deducing that slope° by a Professional Roofer you call in March to have these do the Job sometime between May and July.

    Removing the Quicky Door is Simple and must do before the Estimator Arrives.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 28, 2019

    You will need a building permit. The simplest thing would be to extend the roofline you have. If you post photos, you could get some specific tips.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Dec 29, 2019
    Yes, you’ll need a Permit because it’s a job that reflects having to have professional-level knowledge of the health and safety portions of the building codes as well as the obvious structural/framing and waterproofing knowledge. Water infiltration is a huge deal for both the building and its occupants.

    DWP’s Quicky Door’s thorough explanation communicates this quite well.

  • Beth Beth on Dec 29, 2019

    You've gotten some good advice, and I'd recommend talking to a professional about all of this. A drip edge might be something you could do in the meantime before spring, but do talk to a roofer about it first:

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    • Beth Beth on Jan 03, 2020

      I had a problematic roof one winter, too, and we made it through to the next spring to get everything fixed. It's scary while it's going on, but you'll get it fixed in time!

  • You’ll need to consult some pro’s about this as it’s not particularly simple. You’ll also need permits and to follow local code.