Cane roofing requires neither complicated tools nor special equipment. In this case, the roofer’s skills and experience are of the greatest value. Cane is a yield functional material for the roof provided that the roof structure is prepared properly for this purpose: roof canes are best suited for roofs with a simple structure. However, cane roofing is a flexible material and implies the possibility of creating complex shapes.
Pay attention to the necessary conditions and requirements for cane roofs:
Roof slope and cane load: The main aspects of roofing canes are the minimum roof slope and the specific weight of the roofing (kg/m2).
Canes should be laid on the roof with a minimum angle of 45°. This is necessary for minimal penetration of draining rainwater into the layer.
If a roof length is more than 5 m, you need to use longer beams and apply additional elements to increase the rigidity of the roof structure. (see the Drawing)
To prolong the service life of problem areas, such as a roof ridge and a neck gutter in combination with canes, it is often advised to use roof tile or light-gouge sheet.
The basis for the cane roof is a continuous plywood covering, chipboard or OSB of 18-19 mm thick.
Taking into account snow loads in winter, a roofing beam should withstand loads from 75 kg per 1 sq.m. and above. It should also have cross rafters with the cross section of at least 150x50 mm.
The distance between the rafters should not be more than 1 meter (recommended - 80 cm) (see the Drawing)
In order to fix the solid board covering of at least 25 mm thick over the rafters, you should use a screw nail (not less than 50 mm) or self-tapping screws (see the Drawing)
All openings for the chimney, ventilation, windows, etc. should be ready before the roofing works begin.
During the preparatory work on the object, canes should be placed on a board covering for airing. During the precipitation, the canes are covered with a wrap, which is removed immediately after the precipitation is over.
Canes do not require smooth processing of beams. This adds to the savings in the styling process.