If you’ve been following my flickr stream lately, you will have been inundated with eleventy photos of our roof in the process of being redone. After two+ weeks of work (done by pros, not us), it’s all complete!
We started out here:
When we bought the house, we had to go through all kinds of rigamarole to get the bank and insurance company to believe that we were going to redo the roof right away. We even negotiated as part of the deal that the sellers gave us a healthy amount in escrow to pay for the re-roof, but it still took a bunch of hassle to get it all okayed by the powers that be. Well, now it’s done, emmereffers! Just like we said it would be.
Anyway, you can see that there was an area on the main front part of the house that was actively losing shingles, so we would have wanted to get it done sooner than later anyway. Luckily it wasn’t leaking at all! They started on the garage first, since it required some extra interior work.
The framing was sagging a little because some BRILLIANT GENIUS FORMER OWNER decided to chop off the vertical support beams without reinforcing the main header. Who does that?! Anyway, the roofing crew did the necessary reinforcement in the garage framing, so now it’s got more integrity and slopes less than it did before (to fix it to 100% true, we’d have needed to rebuild the entire garage, which we did not see as necessary). The crew also pulled out a ton of old crap that was hidden away on the roof beams: old wood-framed window screens, a lot of random lumber, rolls of old carpet, curtain rods, foam coolers, a pharmaceutical company convention display setup, and a bunch of other stuff. Luckily the dumpster they were using had extra room for a bunch of that stuff so we got rid of almost all of it right away. Then came the process of removing all the old shingles and such from the house:
It’s interesting – there were two layers of shingles, but no barrier under the lower layer – it was just laid right on top of the wood beams, so I guess it was the original roof? I suppose that two layers of shingles could have lasted (or barely lasted, given the state they were in when we started) since 1940?
Now everything has all the appropriate layers of plywood and contemporary roofing products under the new shingles, so we are good to go.
(The roofing crew was hamming it up a bit since I kept taking a million pictures.) One of the roofers commented on our old falling-apart shed and as a result of that conversation, he removed it for us and hauled it away for scrap.
Whatever he’s getting for the scrap is not more than what it’s worth to us to have it gone (this also makes the insurance company happy as they deemed it uninsurable), so huzzah! ALSO, we had previously suspected that a groundhog was living under the shed, but it happily appears that we were wrong!
We have almost gotten rid of all the firewood now, and are looking forward to cleaning the crud off that garage exterior.
The roofers also installed gutters, downspouts, and two rain barrels. Eventually I think I’ll install some soaker hoses on the rain barrels, once I have more gardeny stuff near the barrels – for now we just have drain hoses on them (leading into the lawn away from the house) for times when it rains super hard (and they fill up), and we can use them for watering as needed.
So, we have a finished product!
Beautiful! I’m quite pleased with the color we chose. I think it lets the lovely brick color shine and doesn’t compete as much as the former brown shingles did. Projects like this are less satisfying for me than those we do ourselves, but this was definitely not a DIY situation, so I feel good about it even though I didn’t do/learn as much as I like to during a house project. And now I can gleefully watch rain running into the gutters and feel secure that everything is ship-shape.