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DeanB
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 07:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Slate roofing my barn. Nothing fancy. Regular gabled roof with weathering green slate but adding a contrasting diamond pattern in the center and maybe a few rosettes. In any case, better to start laying slate from the center of the roof or is it better to begin on one side and work over? Goal is to have any design centered on the roof/building but also want to finish properly at the edges. Starting from one side means I only have to worry about securing temporary plastic rain protection on one slate leading edge. Starting in the middle means worrying about 2 leading edges of slate? If this were an indoor tile job, I'd start in the center. Suggestions? Thanks...Dean
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Joe Jenkins
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If it's a gable roof, start at one end. If it's a hip roof, start in the middle.
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Barry Smith
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 08:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Also, make a drawing of the roof, where every slate is represented as a square/rectangle. It will look something like graph paper. Then fill in the design on this grid, and that will give you the guide that you need on the roof to make the design symetrical. You have to count slates on the roof to get the placement that you want.

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