05 February 2010

The Pinstripes are Not an Aesthetic Choice

The roofers had a long day putting these wooden strips on the roof. The strips will raise the metal roof covering up about an inch, creating a space between the roof decking and the metal surface so that when the roof warms up on a hot day, the heat that radiates through the metal can rise up and out through these channels, keeping the roof and the attic space cooler -- and saving energy cooling the house. It's kind of like putting soffit vents and ridge vents on a house with a traditional attic, except that the venting is a few layers farther out.

The neighbors have seen some unorthodox construction techniques on this house, but I'm pretty sure this one looks the weirdest. Will they realize that it's because there's a metal roof on the way, or just think we're lunatics?

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