Monday, November 5, 2012

The Roof!

I know this isn't a new project since it was done a year ago, but I figured we should cover it here anyway because it was such a big project.

Our roof project started out with us looking to repair a leak over our front door. However, once we talked to enough people we realized that more work needed to be done. We thought about doing one section of the roof, but realized it would be more cost effective to do the whole roof. This ended up working out well because the roof sprung a leak in our bedroom a few days before the roofers showed up. We also decided to upgrade from the tar and gravel roof to a rolled modified bitumen with 2 inches of ISO board underneath. Our old roof had no insulation at all so we were excited about the ISO board.

Here you can see the leaky area above our front door. It was looking pretty bad.




















The roofing guys were kind enough to deliver the dumpster a week before the job started. So much for parking in the driveway.




















One thing we kept hearing about from people who had their roofs redone was that there is a ton of black dust that comes down from between the tongue and groove. We decided to put plastic along the ceilings in every room to catch all the dust. It was a pain putting it up but it saved us from a ton of cleaning in the end.




















Here is the ISO board before it was installed. We ordered inch and a half boards but two inch boards were delivered instead. Yay for extra insulation at no charge to us!




















New tongue and groove waiting to be installed.




















The first thing the guys did was brush off all the loose gravel.




















Then they proceeded to peel up all the tar and tar paper so they could get down to the tongue and groove. It was kinda crazy to see how little material there was on top of the roof.




















We were super happy to find out that the roof was in great condition underneath and only needed to be repaired by the front door.




















I was curious if this would happen and it did. Someone stepped through the rotted part of the roof. Luckily they weren't hurt but it was pretty funny to see.




















Here you can see all the old rotted wood has been removed. Unfortunately part of the beam had to be replaced too. I wasn't super happy with how they fixed it but some caulking and paint covered it right up.




















One of the nice things about replacing this section was that we could redo the wiring for the globe light. Originally the wire was coming out of the side of the house and went to a box that the light was mounted to. This always bugged me so we re-routed the wire so everything was above the wood but bellow the roofing materials. You know, like it's suppose to be.




















Here are the remnants of the original skylight. Yes it was just a piece of plexiglass that was taped/glued to the top of the roof. Fancy stuff.




















I enjoyed watching them use the blow torch to roll the roof down, but I couldn't help but worry they were going to set my house on fire.




















As you can see, we went with a white roof to help with our energy bills. Also, it makes the house look cleaner and more modern in my opinion.




















Our new skylight.




















It is so nice to have a good clean roof for once! Also, we don't have to worry about having piles of gravel around the perimeter of the house anymore.




















As you can see, the plastic did it's job and kept all of this crap from falling all over the house.




















In the end this was a ton of money and a pain to set up, but I am happy we did it. No more leaks and the house looks a ton better.

24 comments:

  1. Who did you use to do your roof? Thankfully our tar & gravel was replaced by one of the previous owners, but we've noticed a few leaks in the car port and rotted wood boards, where there's still tar & gravel.

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    1. We used a company called Roofing Atlanta. Here is their site. http://www.roofingatlantainc.com/ They are a commercial roofing company but they will do houses in our neighborhood if you mention where you live. Our neighbors used them and numerous other people have too. Our second option would have been Dr Roof.

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  3. Damn, and i thought our roof replacement was complex : ) Feels great thought doesn't it!

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    1. It is nice to have it finished. However, I think your roof looked way more complicated than ours. Especially with all the special insulation you put in to help with drainage.

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  4. Re-routing the wire for the globe light is a smart move, Eric! It’s safer than keeping it mounted on the side where there is a chance for it to get wet, which can be dangerous. How’s your roof now? I hope everything went well!


    Tameka Lauricella

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    1. Yeah we were very happy to re-route the wire for the globe. I wish we could have done it for all the ceiling fans in the house but that would have costed more money that we didn't have at the time.

      The roof is doing great though. We noticed a big difference this summer thanks to the insulation. It also catches less debris compared to the old tar and gravel. Which means I don't have to clean it off as often.

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  5. It did require a lot of work but the outcome was great! I love how it turned out and it’s certainly worth it. I appreciate simple and clean looking houses. Your project seems to have a lot of quality and that’s one of the things that matters the most.

    Willie Norman

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  6. “It was a pain putting it up but it saved us from a ton of cleaning in the end.”---- Yeah, you really have to go through some hardship when you’re doing roof repairs like this. Well, it’s just better to exert effort in these things because it will make your job easier in the end. You will save a lot of time and effort if you do prepare appropriately.

    Danielle Bailey

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  7. It was a good thing you were able to talk to the right people. You might have ended up doing only minor repairs, which will be covered on major ones. It would’ve been a waste! Anyway, the new roof looks tough from here. But that doesn’t exempt it from regular upkeeps especially that it’s a flat roof. There’s more tendency for clutter to stay on it. ;)

    -->Norbert Floth

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  8. Having a half inch addition to the ply boards without spending more is a great bonus! At least you'll have a thicker roof and it will extend its lifespan and increase its resistance against bad weather conditions.


    Leif Clancy

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  9. The installation of your new roof didn’t only beautify your place; I think it also enhanced your home security too. However, you need to inspect and maintain it regularly, so you can avoid another roofing installation any time soon.

    Son Lakhani

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  10. This was a good suggestion that you put up here. I could use this really.
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  11. Great tip on the ceiling covering! I recently put one of those industrial floor drying fans in a room after it was waxed and when I came back there was all this black dirt everywhere, now I know it wasn't just MY ceiling! My one question is how did you remove the plastic covering without disturbing the dust too much? I look forward to also replacing my tar and gravel roof soon, the entire perimeter of my house is lined with gravel!

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    1. We just carefully lowered one end at a time. Once one end was lowered we would ball up the plastic which would hold the junk in. We spilled some here and there but it was pretty easy to clean up compared to just having dust everywhere. Oh and our house still has a gravel perimeter around it. It's just not getting any bigger now.

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