Houseboat Roof Construction - repair it with wood stud, or galvanized studs?
Houseboat Roof Repairs - use wood stud, or galvanized studs?
I'm wondering about houseboat roof construction, and am looking to repair it with wood stud, or galvanized studs?
The reason I ask, I have a 1982 kayot houseboat and I need to replace the roof as it is sagging in several spots.
I have already replaced the decking material on the front deck and I am wondering if the roof is constructed with the same galvanized studs or if it is constructed with wood studs.
The overall thickness of the roof is 3 1/2". Short of cutting into the roof, does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks for any help. Reply - Answer
Welcome to the forums, and sorry to hear about your sagging houseboat roof problem.
You are not alone when it comes to roof issues, and some have them after 10, 20, or 30 years. Water infiltration is a common issue that happens slowly over the years.
Now as to the Kayot houseboats using wood studs, or galvanized studs, that is a question that I cannot answer, however I am sure that one of our readers with a Kayot, that has opened up the roof, will likely be glad to post comment to help you.
Short of cutting up the roof, have you considered dropping an interior ceiling panel to allow you access to
see the interior roof construction?
You could also use an "electronic stud finder", and once you locate a stud, try and drive a nail into the ceiling to see if it's wood or a galvanized stud?
I don't know if you can rent locally, a gauge or instrument similar to the electronic stud finder above, that is used specifically for finding "metal studs"?
But from the sounds of it, you will eventually have to open up the roof to see what, and how the roof repair or replacement project will have to unfold.
I know it looks like a big project, but take it one day at a time, and break the project down into "bite sized bits" as this makes it easier to not get overwhelmed or discouraged.
Just look at it the other way, once you have done the roof replacement, you will be able to enjoy it for many many years to come :)Lastly
, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat roof repair or replacement projects, and can share any tips, ideas, or experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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