Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Roof

You see this roof?

This very roof?

This is one butt-ugly roof.

There's only one thing to do at a time like this.

Get a Dumpster and throw away the butt-ugly ghetto couch from the front porch.

Goodbye Butt-Ugly Scurvy Front Porch Ghetto Couch. 
Goodbye forevah.

No, wait. There's another thing to do at a time like this. Hire a guy and his crew to come and take the old roof clear off our 1915 house.

But first? Tarp it up.

Monday was cold, and winds were gusting to about 6 million miles an hour, and there was only one thing for Mistah and me to do at a time like that. Make like a tree and leave. Get the hell *out* of there. After taking a couple of photos.

The anxiety I felt at the height the boys were at in that wind was tempered only by how impressed I was at their mad tarping skills.

And that old roof? Off . . .

. . . and straight onto the deck.

But oh dear. Big Glitch. After two layers of roof came off, underneath were cedar shingles. A wooden roof, how quaint. But underneath that? Wood slats instead of plywood.

Wood slats look cool, but you can't put new asphalt shingles on them. Oh no you can't. You need *plywood*.

Sigh.

But whaddyagonna do? That's my mantra. And the crew is so awesome and conscientious and neat . . .

. . . you see all this crap? They made it go away. This is what we came home to:

End of Day 1.

Then Day 2 dawned.

Brrrrrrr. Day 1 was was blowing, but Day 2 was *cold*.

And . . . the infamous plywood started to go up.

We're everyone's favorite neighbor at 8 in the morning.

This is the time of day when I tell the boys to be careful with their giant plywood sails and run like the wind far far away from the house.

Aw jeez. Be careful, guys.

It's all pretty cool, though, how confident and smooth and experienced they are. But they're so bloody high up. My niece Chapel Hill Girl would never make it as a roofer.

They plywooded the whole south side, and the plastic wrap* went on top of the plywood . . .

*polpropylene What-ever.

. . . and they even got started on the north side.

End of Day 2.

Can't wait to see what Day 3 brings today . . .

To Be Continued . . . ?

Oh, you better believe it.

8 comments:

Mom C said...

Somehow I knew the new roof would be a great blog. Awesome... xo mom

MB said...

Wow, what a project! Good luck! xoxo

Pickles and Dimes said...

I love your house! Seems so comfy and cozy and cute!

Don't you love starting a home improvement project only to discover something unexpected? Good thing the pros are doing this one, huh? That wind!

My friend decided to pull up the carpeting in her kitchen (carpet...in the kitchen!) because she knew there was a hardwood floor underneath. And there was, only it covered only HALF of the kitchen.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Wowee, Ellie! How exciting for you and Mistah.

I can't wait to see days 3 and 4, and 5?

xoxo,
Beth

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Oh dear, I'm so nervous! I hope no one falls and no other expensive surprises pop up.

xoxoxox
Jacquie

Richard Boles said...

A 1915 house? That’s so cool! There are only few houses like this nowadays, and you’re very lucky to keep it standing still up to this time. Anyway, it’s a wise decision to replace the damage part of your house, particularly the roof that serves as the first level of protection of the house. How is it, by the way? I hope all the work is done by now, and I hope you’re happy with the result.

Richard Boles

Lenore Lung said...

Roofing is pretty dangerous. I’m glad you let these professional do the work. I mean, there are families who do the repairing on their own. Our neighbor had their roof replaced last month. But it’s incredible to watch pros walking around up there without difficulty. Well, I wouldn’t question that. It’s their job. So, do we get to see the final result? I can’t find it in your newer posts. :)


Lenore Lung

Joanne Barragan said...

Most homeowners are at awe when they watch the roofers work and walk around their roofs, but don't be too anxious about it. They have undergone training to acquire the skills they need to perform an impressive job. Glad to hear that everything came together smoothly. To pick the right people to do the roof job, it takes research. You can also ask recommendations from your friends, who had been in the same situation before. Don't just hire, choose wisely!

Tedrick’s Roofing