Sometimes it rains. The winter storm blast we had Sunday finally pushed me to fix my design shortcoming by roofing over the sundeck. The problem was during heavy rain, accumulated water would drip down through the boards of the flat sundeck onto the main deck by the front door. The dripping resulted in splatter that hit the front door and was getting past the door threshold into the tiny house.
My temporary tarp solution wasn’t doing the job, and got blown off completely on Sunday. Time to act, especially with an El Nino winter predicted! Brooke had lobbied hard for me to add the sundeck during the design phase and was bummed to learn I was roofing it over, but she understood the reasons why and is being a good sport about it.
I decided to use a corrugated roofing product called Suntop, which despite being plastic seems quite rugged and wind resistant. I drove by Home Depot to buy a 12′ long piece, plus the extra wood and special fasteners I’d need. So the grooves would be oriented downwards, I cut the big piece into four smaller pieces using a circular saw and screwed them into supporting purlins (2 x 4’s I ripped down to a 1/12 slope, emulating the roof line of the tiny house). In theory all water coming off the roofs will drain past the main deck, reducing the splatter and leaving the doorway dry. We’ll soon see!