Plumbers, electricians, ductwork, exterior trim — you name it. But one of the biggest developments was the arrival of the C.O. Beck roofers and their crazy metal bending machine.
You have to see this thing to believe it. Fifteen feet of Rube Goldberg meets “Saw.” Tin boxes, old pencil sharpeners, giant blades, buttons, whirring motors — you name it. All bolted together and run with remarkable precision by our new friend, Lars.
The process starts with a 1000′ roll of metal. (At 2 lb. per foot, we’re talking an even ton.) Lars will take a measurement off the roof, make a few snips with a pair of monster scissors, push it into the machine, hit a button and — shazam! — it comes out as a perfectly formed section of roofing at the other end.
That sheet is then brought up to the roof and clipped to the deck. The next panel overlaps on the seam and another crazy machine crawls up the roof and crimps both together.
And despite all the contraptions, it’s been the level of detail that has amazed us. Crisp bends. Thoughtful rain diverters. Meticulous flashing that borders on elegant.
We’ve had a metal roof on the plan since the beginning. And after watching these guys for a few days — it might go down as one our better decisions.