Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Roof

I think our house is about 17 years old. An aging house needs a face life every now and again. Paul worked hard last summer to get the outside painted. This year we found ourselves in need of a new roof over our heads.

(What's with the half eaten apple on the window sill in the picture above?)

When they built the homes in this neighbour hood they used pine shakes for many of them. Pine shakes don't last long and the roofers are making a mint off the fact the company that built the first homes in this area cheaped out and used it. The newer homes in the area have been built with ceder, tile or asphalt shakes all lasting much longer.

City by-law has rules about the hours you can do loud work in the Loops. You can't start until 7:00 a.m. I swear to you the roofing crew would arrive at 6:45 to set up they would quietly put up ladders and climb onto the roof and exactly when the clock turned to 7:00 they would drop the hammer.

They did the house in less than a week. One night they asked me if they could work late and they worked from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 on a Friday night. They were nice guys and made sure it would it be okay and were worried the kids would not be able to sleep though the noise. (The kids sleep though anything.

In this picutre you can see the new shakes on the bottom portion of the house and the old shakes on the top. The finished product looks great and the shakes are supposed to last us 30 years.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly, the house looks great. So does the grass, it's lush green! Our lawn is horrible, burnt yellow, after the hot weather. - Susan

Shannon said...

Your house looks good.

angie, party of one said...

Yay new roof!

dwgnldy said...

You can't use shakes here. Uncle D and I roofed the house ourselves a few years back. We started the 4th of July weekend and finished the second weekend in October. It was very hard work but we saved $33,000 and got rid of the shakes, put up 30# felt, OSB and installed 50 year comp shingles. We even alternated two different color shingles for a custom look.

You're dad showed up and cut all the v ditches for us. What a sweetheart. His center of gravity is very high and it was hilarious watching him try and walk on the roof. He'd lean over and put his hands on the roof while walking. LOL! It was like watching a spider!

Sugar said...

dwgnldy is right. Here you can't insure a house with a shake roof. D's folks have a heck of a time finding insurance for their log house. Looks good though.