The glass is trickling in

The stacked clay tiles are from the old, partial roof that sat above the terraza  for 16 years.
This guy could work in a circus. That’s quite a drop below him.

THE GLASS GUYS showed up yesterday for a partial installation over the upstairs terraza. For those who are unfamiliar with this project, see here.

They arrived about noon with six big panes, which they installed nicely. They left four hours later. I asked if they would continue today. The honcho said he was not sure, which is Mexi-Talk for no. With six installed, there are 37 more squares to be filled.

We hope it’s completed before the rainy season starts in June.

We had initially planned on installing dark glass to block sunlight, but two glass businesses told us dark would absorb heat and be more likely to crack in the future.

So we’re going with a white opaque. We’ll be doing something additional to reduce sunlight below, likely a net designed for that purpose. It’s available at Home Depot.

I like to watch construction work. An interesting detail here — to me, at least — is that the glass does not touch the metal. Instead it sits on little rubber footings. Who knew?

That discoloration you see around the edge of the panes will disappear when something or other dries, I was told. The adhesive, I suppose.

The saga continues. Stay tuned.

32 thoughts on “The glass is trickling in

    1. Peggy: Dunno what we’ll be doing with those roof tiles. For now, they have a resting spot atop the house in a nice pile that is invisible from everywhere aside from someone standing on the roof.


    1. Ricardo: Yep, it’s interesting and, unfortunately, expensive. As for the finished project, I sure hope they get all that glass up there before it starts pouring rain every day. We’ve got about a month to go.


    1. Bev: Yes, it’s the International Day of Socialism. How nice. No, when he said he did not know if they would return today, it meant no. Mexicans cannot say no outright. It makes them extremely nervous and squirmy. The only exception is when no is the positive response, as in, “Do you beat your wife?” Noooo.


  1. There’s a gardening product known as shade cloth that may be something you could consider stringing under the glass to dilute the sun.


    1. Carole: It may be the same thing as we likely will use. It’s a shade cloth designed specifically for outdoor situations such as we will have. Don’t know if what we will use has to do with gardening as such.


  2. The little rubber feet might be to accommodate the different thermal expansion of metal and glass.

    Incidentally, working at heights makes me squirmy.


  3. Felipe: Mexican workers are trapeze artists. I had a tile-roofed palace put on our house in Puerto Escondido. At the top the beams were about 25′ off the patio. The beams were round logs and the joists that spanned in the opposite direction were also round. The men scrambled around barefoot for about a day and a half laying the clay tiles.

    Will that short wall below the glass be closed in or left open?


    1. Kris: You are correct. Not just trapeze artists, they can do just about anything that’s manual and far better than most anyone above the border can do it. it’s a source of endless amazement to me. Plus, it’s very useful.

      As for the short wall just below the glass, yes, that too will be closed with glass.


  4. O.S.H.A. would have “regulated” your cost ten-fold up here. The company would be fined out of business.

    I’ll give you $.25/piece for the tiles. You pay the shipping, of course.


    1. Ray: Yes, we lack most of the oppressive regulations that America is swimming in these days, and thank the Goddess for that. Workers make a living, and customers get a reasonable price. Everyone is happy.

      I have a counteroffer on the tiles. Ten cents a tile, and you pay the shipping. A great deal. Of course, you could drive down in a pickup and transport them yourself. Get a fun vacation at the same time. You might even decide to stay.

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  5. I’m glad to see the train move again. I was thinking about hail. Do you have insurance coverage? If hail does become a problem, there is a product made out of thin opaque white plastic, constructed like corrugated cardboard. It has two walls about 1/8″ apart, with vertical spacers at 1/8″ intervals. Sorry I don’t know the trade name. It is widely used for greenhouses. I’m sure it is stocked by Home Depot. It is lightweight, strong. It might flex enough to stand up against hail. And it would be much less expensive to replace in case of breakage. And it has a 10-year life.


    1. Phil: If we put the shade net on top instead of below the glass, that will also offer some extra protection. With luck, we won’t have a hail problem. The glass is very thick, likely as thick as car windshields which rarely are damaged by heavy hail. Never heard of that product you mention, but it’s good to know about. Thanks. And yes, we have home insurance.


      1. Felipe: I think that the material in question here is polycarbonate, commonly used on greenhouses, and available there. I used it on the gate at the house I rented in Patzcuaro over 10 years ago. The problem with it is that it eventually succumbs to UV and has to be replaced. I mentioned it in an earlier post of yours.

        It would have been a viable alternative, in that the difference in weight would have allowed for a less hefty substructure, making replacement of the polycarbonate a financial tradeoff. That is the reason it is used in commercial applications.

        There are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. You chose one. If you want shade, I am confident you will find a solution for that too.


  6. It looks like the glass is resting on a bead of caulk. I hope you suffer no hail damage; won’t be fun if it happens.

    And I’m dying to know how this all works out in terms of comfort, etc. If it’s good, I’m going to duplicate your project on the top of a building in CDMX one day.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we recently re-did a pergola.


  7. The project is looking good, Felipe. Window tint might be an option for shading the area as well. Have a great weekend!


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