| Topic: New pitched roof on an older van
Message posted by MisterB195918/5/2021 at 7:37pm
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the peak (or ridge) where the two sides of the roof join, was covered by a ridge flashing, same colour as the roofing sheets, i think it was a 90' ridge flashing, about 400mm wide from memory. i just put pressure on it from the top and pushed it down onto the roof sheets and fixed it to them.
i scribed a piece of 6mm ply to the curve of the roof, keeping the the other long edge as a straight piece. i then set up my table saw with a double blade and cut a groove into roofing lathes
i used the scribed ply to make up about 20 or so identical (well almost) pieces and then inserted them (glued) into the slotted lathes, used clamps to pull the lathes tight onto the ply and then drilled holes along the length and glued in 8mm dowels (which were cut to size later)
more lathes were then fixed to the original roof structure, glued and screwed through the tin and existing ply roof - i tried to 'hit' the existing purlins where possible and used a decent building adhesive . - if you look at the photos, that part is self explanatory
additional work included 90' cappings along the two ends - and then i used white upvc to 'fill in' the ends and white upvc fascia to fix the gutters to (as you will need to fit new gutters and down pipes
if i was doing it again, the things i would change would be to fix the fascias for the gutters first, to give a good starting point for the roof sheets, to make sure they discharge into the gutters and also fix the end fascia boards.
i wouldnt have ordered the roofing sheets as long as they were, the ridge flashing if 'wide' enough can cover quite a large gap where they meet
it may seem a like a complicated job or even that i over complicated and over engineered the design of things, i could have taken a simpler approach. but the reality is, the roof is still intact, it looks as good as it did when it was installed and unless you knew and looked really hard, you would think it was original.
i turned an old tired looking caravan, that my daughter paid 3k for into a van now that would sell for upwards of 15k on site (there is no age limit on vans) - since then we have removed all the fitted lounge and dining room furniture, fire and false chimney breast, carpets - refitted much more modern lounge furniture from a newer van, laminate floor and table and chairs from ikea.
i would say its prob only worth doing it though if there is no age limit for the van to stay on site - yes you can make it look more modern, but to me a caravan is about how you use it, not necessarily about what it looks like from the outside
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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 23/5/2021 at 3:37pm
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Just curious, speaking only as someone who’s felt cold in a (hired) static bedroom, is there any insulation in the roof? I can’t see any in the photos or mentioned in your description of the work.
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