Monday, July 13, 2009

DIY roof

The big project this year is replacing the roof on our house. We had 5 (or was it 6?) roofing companies out to bid the job, and the lowest bid was about $6K...way too rich for our blood so Jerry, consumate DIY guy that he is, decided to do it himself. (He says he wants the "I did my own roof" badge, LOL.)

I've been providing administrative backup for him - among other things, I arranged for the permit, found 50-year shingles at a steep discount, AND thoroughly researched our limited old-roof-disposal-options. (After numerous phone calls and web searching, I found that in Thurston County, the only option is to haul those old shingles to the landfill. Argh!)

Jerry's got a to-do list a mile long for this project, and truly, the project started a long time ago. The first thing on the list was to replace the rotted wood posts on the front of the house - they were "floating" on top of the concrete base. As a result, that corner of the roof sank a bit and needed to be jacked back up to where it should be. Here's a before shot showing the wood posts, sagging corner, and on the left side just behind the house, you can see the top of the doomed cedar tree as well.

Jerry took a welding class at South Puget Sound Community College and made some heavy duty steel posts; he and our neighbor David installed the posts with fresh concrete and now the corner no longer sags.

New sturdy posts - as you can see - they are not going anywhere!

The next thing Jerry did was remove the cedar tree in our backyard. We both hated to see it go, but it was about 10 feet from the house and in the Northwest, when trees are that close to houses, it invites moss to grow on one's roof. Moss degrades the roof, and in a rainy climate such as ours, a degraded roof is not good.

The last big thing to tackle before the actual roof replacement was to fix the eave on the garage side of the house - a previous tenant had sheared off the eave, possibly to park a motor home.
Before pic of the "eave" and tree, and after pic of eave and no tree.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates on this project!


Mariam said...

It is actually a good thing that your husband is a DIY guy! Just imagine the savings you can get if he can do things that would have otherwise required professional help. The cutting of the cedar tree is a good measure. Even if it hurts, at least you know that you protected the roof from algae and mold.

@Mariam Freame

Tiffany Larsen said...

This was a really big project for you! Roofing is a challenging job, and even professionals take their time to make sure they do it properly. I can’t blame your husband for doing-it-yourself instead. Aside from saving money, he can personally see to it that your roofing is done properly. Years have passed already. How’s your roof now? Is it holding up? I read most of your posts to see the result, but I couldn’t find any. I hope you can share some photos of it. :)

Tiffany Larsen

Christine Hansen said...

Mariam and Tiffany, thanks for your comments!

Mariam, we are pretty avid DIY'ers, so yes, we do save a bit of money - but it costs time and effort! :)

Tiffany, we have (and I'm not being biased at *all* here, lol) THE BEST roof in the neighborhood! It's in great shape, we've weathered a couple of storms, including last year's Snowmaggedon, and it's doing just fantastic! I'm so proud of my husband for doing such a great job! I'm down with a bad back right now, but will get fresh pics when I can.

Allyson Duguay said...

Snowmaggedon, huh? Nice term! Anyhow, it's good to know that your roof is still in good condition. With the erratic weather you had in the past, it simply proves that the roof you replaced was indeed reliable. Your husband did a great job too, so you should really be proud of him! :)

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