So I know I said in my last post that I would be doing some railings for the second story balcony next. Well, I started to work on it and had a
duh aha! moment. I should probably do the roof before putting in my rails that would make parts of the roof inaccessible.
I really wanted to use real metal for the roof, but my lack of patience and proper equipment left me wondering how to achieve the same look in an easier way. So off to Hobby Lobby I went.
To make the roof I used 1/16″ x 1″ basswood strips with 1/16″ x 1/8″ basswood strips sitting on its side to created the “ridges”. I started out by gluing the 1/8″ strips to the 1″ strips and then painting, sealing and attaching that to the roof. That was taking a little too long for my liking, so I just started glueing it all directly to the roof.
To get the grooves in the 1″ pieces, I used my quilters ruler and a clay tool I had laying around to emboss the wood a little. I did this before attaching them to the roof, but being in “the mode”, I forgot to get pictures of this. The grain raised a bit after painting, making the grooves appear less noticeable. After the first coat of poly, I went over the grooves with the clay tool again to make them stand out better.
Once I had the roof pieces attached, painted, and sealed, I added 1/16″ x 1/4″ trim around the siding and down the seams. I used a bit of paintable caulk to fill in the gaps.
And thats it! Easy peasy faux metal roof. I am still debating if I do the rest of the house in this roofing style, or if I use asphalt shingles. But that is a post for another day!