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Upgrading new build garage roof

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by Chris McNeillie, 24 May 2017.

  1. Chris McNeillie

    Chris McNeillie

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    Hi,

    Just moved into a new build with a double garage.

    The double garage is a nice size and I want to use it as a man cave.

    The roof structure is formed of a complex network of slim rafters spanning the space. Over long spans, they are joined together using those thin metal plate rafter joiners.

    My understanding is that most new build garage roofs are constructed in this way - quick and cheap to put up with the bare minimum structural strength.

    What I would like to do is upgrade the roof structure so that I can remove the existing rafters and free up the roof space currently taken up by this network of rafters. It would create an awesome large man cave space!

    I would also like to insulate the roof at the same time.

    Is this possible? Has anyone done anything similar? I can put up pictures if required.

    regards,

    Chris
     
  2. freddiemercurystwin

    freddiemercurystwin

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    No problem if you have the odd £10k sitting around. You will probably also need Planning Permission to convert a new build garage and two off road parking spaces must be retained/created.
     
  3. ^woody^

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    Thats an incorrect understanding. These are roof trusses, and are quick, but not necessarily cheap, and they are inherently strong.

    And you will need to work out if the thin garage walls can then support your proposed type of roof.
     
  4. Chris McNeillie

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    Thanks,

    Sorry trusses not rafters!

    I am happy to leave it as a garage, so no need for planning - just want to modify the roof.That said, I guess an inner wall would be required to support a heavier roof structure so this would impact on the garage size. I wouldn't be adverse to spending some money on it if it made it a more usable space. Do you think it would be best to get a builder to look at it, an architect, a structural engineer, or a roofing firm??
     
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    We know what you mean, typically a couple of steels are required down each side to support (what will become) the rafters and a structural floor can be supported between the two steels. A competent builder should have an idea as to what's involved so may give you a guesstimate. but ultimately a structural engineer will be required to size the steels etc. This will give you an idea of the principles involved: https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/large-loft-conversion.137740/page-2
     
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