So there’s the most recent addition to Ye Olde Wreck: a clear acrylic porch cover to keep the worst winter rains from blowing in under the front door.
So far so good and I look forward to sitting under it when the first gentle fall rains arrive. But will it last the winter? That’s the question.
The structure was designed to hold a 1/4-inch flat sheet of plexiglas that would bear up through a nuclear blast. Well, at least through the gale-force winds that sometimes clobber this very exposed corner. Substituting fragile corrugated acrylic was a risk. But I think you’ll understand my reasoning: Plexiglas, $250; acrylic, $10 at a builder’s garage sale.
Seemed like a good idea at the time, but when I saw it completed I bet The Wandering Monk $0.05 that the roof wouldn’t last the winter. He bet $0.25 that it would. We’ll see.
In any case, if the acrylic shreds, the structure can be retrofitted with the real deal later. Or I can slap a slab of plywood up there as a temporary solution.
Goofy rooflines in that area, too. Everywhere else I’ve managed to eliminate roof craziness over the five years I’ve been working on the house; but here we only managed to make the lines and overlaps more complicated.