How Do You Attach A Lean-To To An Existing Metal Building?

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Lean-tos are simple to construct and can be an efficient way to create a sheltered, enclosed area with minimal costs. Attaching a lean-to to an existing building maximizes the usefulness of that shelter by extending the area of the original building without incurring excessive expense. The material used to construct the original building affects the ease of attaching a lean-to. Metal buildings pose the most difficulty due to their rigidity. Determine where the lean-to will be attached to the existing building. The preferred spot would place the lean-to under the overhanging roof of the existing building. Any water runoff will flow off of the main roof and hit the lean-to at an angle to prevent pooling and flooding in the lean-to. Cut the 6-inch thick lumber into blocks that run the length of the lean-to. Measure the height at which the lean-to will be attached to the existing building. This height will be guided by the roof angle and pitch of the lean-to. Mark the height on the ... more
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