New Roof!

Goodbye, 100 years of miscellaneous "roof"...

Goodbye, 100 years of miscellaneous “roof”…

Well, when I said we were gonna “raise the roof,” I really had no idea how MUCH roof we were gonna raise.

Nor how messy the act of “raising” would be. 

Turns out, getting a new roof is gross. Not quite as gross as, oh, say, a dry-rot ridden wall from hell, but it’s way freakin’ grosser than I was expecting.

Basically, shit rains down all around your house for a week. Four (yes – four, not three, as originally anticipated) roofs worth of asphalt shingles, and tar, and paint flakes, and wood scraps, and bent nails. 100 years of detritus coating your porch, driveway, deck, tomato plants, and blowing in your cracked windows (because it’s 90 degrees out and you don’t have air conditioning – duh).

But, after living in 3675 for only 14 months, and just 12 months past the end of a major sweep of renovations, we can now say we’ve successfully executed Project: New Roof. ALL the old roofs are gone, the new roof is complete, flashed, and painted. All the dry rot underneath has been replaced; we’ve installed a brand-new gutter system with screens, too. We even demolished the top of our seismically-unsafe chimney

And THAT – is how Temples raise the roof! And all while one of them starts a new job, at that.

Now we just have to clean it all up…

Our super-nice roofer, Jim, keeps everyone up top in line.

Our super-nice roofer, Jim, keeps everyone up top in line.

There's nothing quite like the heart-stopping THWACK of this crap being chucked off your roof all day long...

There’s nothing quite like the heart-stopping THWACK of this crap being chucked off your roof all day long…

That's what the wood holding up our 100-year-old roof looks like. Shockingly beautiful, as compared to what the back wall of our house surprised us with.

That’s what the wood holding up our 100-year-old roof looks like. Shockingly beautiful, as compared to what the back wall of our house surprised us with.

New roof in progress. Look real closely, where the front section of the roof meets the clapboard wall behind... That raw-wood gap was revealed when three extra layers of shingles were pulled off (don't worry; it's painted now!).

New roof in progress. Look real closely, where the front section of the roof meets the clapboard wall behind… That raw-wood gap was revealed when three extra layers of shingles were pulled off (don’t worry; it’s painted now!).

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One year later, 3675 just keeps on comin’ along! See all our pics of the house in progress here.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “New Roof!

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    The grandparents and I just finished viewing the slide show of your house, and we enjoyed every photo! What progress you have made in the past year! It is exciting to see the changes and know that your house is built on a sound foundation. I can’t wait to get back and see it and enjoy it once again. There is something so comforting about knowing the walls around you are secure, and they are beautiful too! And you are learning to roll with the home improvement process! It is obvious you were cut out for this work (you got that from your dad, NOT ME)! Enjoy every room and every experience!

  2. Ohhh I love this – since we have it coming in about a year.

  3. […] still cleaning up the aftermath of the new roof. All the thwacking and thumping as the crew tore off our four old roofs and chucked giant sheets of […]

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