Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Exterior Details - Part 1

The roof is on.  That was a simple choice.  The roofing company recommended 50 year architectural shingles by Malarkey. As far as I was concerned, there was only one color option: Midnight Black.  I am completely satisfied with the roof.

Meanwhile, the framers, worked on our porch and decks.  The clear coated cedar was stained on all sides in the shop and brought to the job site. After it was complete, they covered it with plywood to keep it protected throughout the rest of the build.

Next up was the house wrap, which the guys call frog skin.  It is an upgrade from the typical Tyvek wrap you will see on many unfinished Alaskan houses.  That is an Alaskan classic.  :)  Anyway, it is fancy stuff, made by Vaproshield and is designed to let the house breath, so the the sheathing will be able to stay dry and shed moisture.  The window corners are available in orange or black and the house shield in either green or black, although I am not sure why you would have a preference. Anyway, we got what was in town, which is a mix of all three.

First they used multiple pieces to wrap all the window and door openings and then installed all the windows and doors, expect the mudroom and garage door, because those will be used all day everyday and they didn't want them to get beat up.

Before anything else can go on the walls, we had to finish the foundation.  We decided to keep it simple. Our contractor and roofing company suggested a molded metal wrap.  It comes in a variety of colors, but we went with black.  We had to heat the ground around the house to remove the ice, snow and dig up some of the dirt.  Our gas bill is outrageous!  Glad it won't be like that much longer.

After that, they wrapped the whole house and garage.  It was probably at least a month or more for 2 guys to wrap everything and install the windows and doors.

The last step before the soffits and siding, which are almost decorative at this point, is a rainscreen. 1/4"x 3"wide strips are tacked to the walls to create an airspace.  This will allow the walls to dry out behind the siding. With the frog-skin and rainscreen, the sheathing should be able to dry out and resist any future rot.

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