September 15, 2022

Sheathing Exterior Walls and Peering Through Skylights 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I walk with Brian through our Rhode Island project and check out the exterior plywood sheathing and the newly installed stellar skylights.


As Brian explained, we’re using H-clips (also called panel edge clips) on the seams of the ½-inch plywood to keep things straight and stable. The framer recommended using the H-clips—commonly used when sheathing a roof—and in this situation, we wanted to ensure there was no opportunity for the plywood to lift or bow out.  

Another detail that might seem relatively minor—but makes a big impact—was the type of screws we chose to use. We needed to use a long enough screw where the threads would go through 6 inches of insulation and plywood sheathing and securely attach to the z girt system. And because NS Builders focuses on really listening to our clients—thermal consideration is crucial in this home—we made sure the insulation layers were super tight. The crew even notched the ROCKWOOL insulation around the extruding z girt clips so there’s minimal gaps. That extra attention to detail gives the homeowner peace of mind and exactly what they want.   


The skylights will provide a ton of natural light and look amazing—but it wasn’t smooth sailing putting them in. Issues arose regarding installation in conjunction with the Tesla roof. Lesson learned: We should’ve reached out sooner to find an installer experienced in skylights using the Tesla roof system. When something is not going to be a typical install, it can slow things down when you’re unsure how to tackle the unique challenges. So, reach out to someone who has the expertise and let them guide you on how to do it best—and quicker.

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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