Basically, the superstructure is what you will find between the foundations and the roofing area. This would include the bulk of the building such as the windows, walls, doors, flooring, electrical and plumbing elements, plus all the finishes. Rooferswould have to make a lot of decisions within this part of the overall structure.
Have you ever had the opportunity to take a peek into your covering space? If you did, you would’ve noticed there’s a lot stored just above your ceiling area. From electrical wiring to insulation and geysers. Most would argue that there is no need for the geyser to be in this area, and rightfully so. Modern homes tend to have them situated in a cupboard in the main bedroom or even in the bathroom area.
Thatch, flat, and open truss roofs will accommodate all the services we mentioned over here.
Ceiling levels and heights
Once you step into an average sized home, you may notice that the ceiling height is around 8.2 feet high. Of course, ceiling heights would differ according to design style. However, the average height is seen to accommodate a comfortable space. The given height would also allow for most types of light fittings. Having said that, a chandelier may require more height.
When it comes to a thatch or open truss space, there is no ceiling. In this case, the underside of this space would dictate the height.
Before you go ahead and open your trusses, you may want to discuss the situation with your local contractor. What you need to bear in mind with the notion of opening a space by removing the ceiling, is that other services reside within the roof space, and the configuration of the truss might not be suitable to allow open trusses. In most cases, you would have to completely alter the design of your truss, meaning you need to install new roofing at a significant cost.
As roof spaces are mostly open, regulations require homeowners to have a firewall built into the space. This is necessary to slow down the progression of fire from one area of the space to the next. Firewalls are especially needed between the house and attached garage, or even staff quarters, and any second or third dwelling, connected to the home.
It makes perfect sense to make use of added volume within a loft space when you happen to have a high pitched dome. This can be accomplished through setting up either a wooden or concrete slab to create a lower ceiling space below as well as added space above. However, a staircase would be needed to get there.
Making Use of Solar Geysers on Tiled Shingles
General contractors will tell you there are four different types of solar geysers you can place on your roofing structure, namely:
A pumped system that hosts a photovoltaic panel
A pumped system that accommodates a differential thermostat
Natural thermosyphon that is placed on the outside of the roof
Natural thermosyphon that is set up within the space
Each of the systems mentioned would require a collection unit on the outside of the roof. These would differ with regards to the overall positioning of the geyser storage units. Take note of the technique used to transfer the warm water to your geyser.
When a natural system gets used to ensure hot water rises up to the geyser unit, then the geyser must be positioned at least 12-inches above the collectors. When a pumped system is utilized, then you can place the geyser anywhere you wish as long as it is on the bottom chords of the trusses.
One aspect that is usually overlooked is the application of any additional loads upon the structure as well as the connection of the hot water system to the structure.
Be aware of the fact many solar panels and geysers are placed in a frame that is elevated to the latitude of the site. This frame would be positioned on top of the tiles and fixed through the tiling onto the battens.
As you may notice, there is a lot more involved in tinkering with various appliances, roofing contractors and the like than meets the eye. Therefore, the need to get hold of an expert contractor to take matters in their hands to ensure a successful outcome.