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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Why I like clear roofing in my tiny shacks/shelters/houses...

Well, aside from the natural light, the affordability, its light weight, ease of installation, the look (I love it, some don't), and the flexibility....this photo pretty much sums it up: THE VIEW, and the filtration of colored light you receive in the fall (my favorite season) is one of the main things I love. The brand I use, since many ask, is "TUFTEX"- the rest that I've used, is crap by comparison. Of course, this stuff does have its downside too, its plastic (environmentally), and r-value wise its lousy- although GREAT for solar gain in the winter!

The cabin above is "THE GYPSY JUNKER", one of the micro cabins thats on the premises for our "Tiny House Building Workshop" in MA this weekend. Its also featured in my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" AND in the video below, which gives you a full tour!


  1. Thanks for the tour! I'm intrigued by the little vege oil 'heater', how about posting some how-to-make-it instructions? :)

    I live in Sydney, Australia but we have a little cottage in the south of NZ which we usually visit in the summer. The shed (which I hope to turn into a workshop/sleepout soon) is in need of a new roof, hadn't thought of using clear sheet so thanks for the inspiration.

  2. How does it hold up to snow load?

  3. IT looks fabulous with autumn leaves on it but would be so hot in the summer months....i cant sit under our back patio and it has just 2 sheets on it . you can feel the difference bw that and the tin ....

  4. Well, yes, it does have a low "R" value, but I figured it out, if you have a very tiny home, it costs little to heat. the heat loss would be much less than in a large home. Also, you could make a rolling insulated screen/blanket for night use if you would like as sleeping in a house at night with a roof like that in the winter might not be so nice.

  5. I really like the look of the roof. It helps a make a tiny space feel not so tiny. And it brings the outdoors, indoors. I love it!

  6. Wondering if a double layer with 2-3 inches of space between would create enough of an insulating effect to make a difference. Great "Tiny Shelter"!

  7. Beautiful! Clear roofs are splendid, but I think it is not necessary to have it cover up the whole house. Families still need shade and protection from ultraviolet rays. Having these roofs installed in an area that can accommodate the light of the sun is perfect. It’s nice to have a spot in a house where you can fully relax and enjoy the wonderful view.

    Allyson Duguay

  8. I agree. This photo is a good representation of clear roofing. I can’t blame you for liking it! Even I wanted it for myself; but I live in the city, and this kind of roofing is much advisable in forest areas. Anyway, aside from what you mentioned, it also has a low flammability rate. And it is less likely to break, especially in areas prone to hailstone or heavy snow fall.

    Noreen Mayweather

  9. I am in love with that gypsy bunker! You're right about the clear roofing, it's a fantastic way to allow natural light in the room, but it doesn't look like it gets hot. It looks beautiful with the fall leaves :)

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