Placing the Porch Roof

Running the I-joists and laying the sheathing puts the team one step closer to a shady lunch spot

With the 8x8 timber posts in place and supporting the microlam beam, it's time to run the ceiling joists for the porch; in this case, the Owens Construction team is using 9-7/8” I joists, which have many advantages over dimension lumber—being lighter weight and easier to handle, and perfectly straight, so there's no need to take the time to crown them. They also come with pre-perforated knockouts for the electrician (or plumber), so there’s no need to get out the drill when it's time to pull wire for all the porch downlights.

There are a few microlams in the mix as well, around the wells for the deck-mounted skylights planned in front of the doors below. Galvanized MiTek framing clips make sure everything is tied together. You’ll notice about a 1 in 12 pitch for drainage. No need to create something absolutely flat and tempt fate here. As it is, there will be standing snow on this roof for much of the winter, as it is shaded on the south and west.

Running the ZIP System sheathing from Huber Engineered Woods for this roof was a breeze compared to the 16/12 owner Bill Owens and his crew recently finished on the main roof, and framing and sheathing wrapped up in a day-and-a-half’s time. Once they get the deck floor framed, they’ll have a shady spot for their lunch breaks!


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