Coping nailers

Even though we had the photovoltaic roof array installed, I had a couple of items left on the roof project to do list:

The roof was waterproof since we installed the membranes and flashing. The same cannot be said for the parapet, which still needed a coping. We originally had clay tile coping on the parapet…

…but I opted for steel coping this time round to reduce maintenance and water infiltration issues.

The steel coping is secured by a cleat on the outside of the parapet, and as such has no visible fasteners. On the inside of the parapet, it needs to be fastened to a nailer that is anchored along the top edge of the parapet.

We used a pressure treated stud for the nailer, cut it to length, clamped it to the top edge of the parapet, and anchored it about every 24 inches.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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