Good morning all. I hope you had a wonderful week. Finally, it;s time for the roofing story. This is the day Mike and I have been anticipating and dreading at the same time. It's going to be a lot for just the two of us and we "hope" that the weather cooperates. There's nothing much scarier than ripping your old roof off and then have it rain
So here we go:
We have no idea how long this will take us so we got up at 5:30 and we are ready to work. I get the coffee and Mike gets the tools together. We will both be on top of the metal roof unscrewing all of the screws until we don't have anymore. Then we can take the metal panels off the see what kind of problems we have.
Here I am unscrewing the panels.
Now that the whole roof is unscrewed we have to wait for it dry up a little. It rained last night so there is a lot of dew on the roof and moisture in the air. We go to the farm supply to order another piece of metal for the front of the house. Then it's back to work.
We get back and we start to take the panels off the roof. Yup...Mike had reason to be concerned about our metal roof. Look at the leaks.
We get more of the roof off and find more leaks.
The worst area for leaks.
Now that the old roof is off we have to get it dry before we can put anything new on top.
Mike drying the roof using the blower.
Bad leaks up front.
We take a break to let the roof dry out some more. This is the scary part because you do not want it to rain with just the plywood on top of the house.
Back up top we start to get ready. First Mike installs the new drip edge on the front of the house. Now it's time to get the plywood covered
We are doing two coverings for this new roof. We don't want any leaks this time around. First we are going to lay down a product called ice and water and then we will install the new shingles on top of that. Ice and water is an asphalt underlayment that protects low slope roofs against leaks caused by ice dams and wind driven rain. Sounds good to me
The roof is dry and ready to go.
The ice and water comes in big heavy rolls. Mike and I have to lift them together to get them off the trailer and onto the roof.
Mike wants to try and use the whole role at one time so we have less seams. It is a bear of a job trying to do it that way. It is a self sticking roll but of course the sticky stuff is on the underside. It is very heavy and hard to manage the rolls and get it stuck down easily. It also leaves kinks because it is just to heavy to manage.
The first row is done.
We do a few more rolls like that and now I am getting a bit cranky
. It's just too hard to do it the way Mike wants to do it so I read the instructions
. It says it is easier to install it in 10-12 foot sections. Whew...that is how we finish the job and it is so much easier to handle
Ice and water is on.
It was a tough day. Mike got something in his eye and I had a really bad headache all day but we got it done. Not like we had a choice
The ice and water will protect the roof and this can actually stay on the roof for a month before it needs to be covered but that's not good enough for Mike and I, lol. We will start doing the shingles tomorrow morning
It's going to be along day so it's time to get started. We go up top and start out by getting all of the tools and supplies together. That in itself can be a lot of work, lol. Mike gets the nails and nail gun on the roof along with a bucket full of tools.
We opened up the shingles which we had to special order. They are an Owens Corning Shingle called Shasta White. They are supposed to be energy star rated and have a limited lifetime warranty. They are also rated for 130 MPH wind resistance. Unfortunately they are not really white
They are more of a light gray with just a little hint of a lighter blue on spots
Oh well...they will have to do. That's why we like to see, touch, and feel before buying but there were no "real" samples of this shingle. We had to go by the online color. Really, why would Shasta "white" be gray
Tools and some of the shingles are up on the roof.
I put some more of the shingles on the back of the house.
Mike is going to do the nailing and I am going to bring the shingles to him...piece by piece
I lay out the shingles for the first row.
Mike starts off with the starter row which is the hardest part of the job. This row determines the straightness of you rows. We use a chalk line to get us going. Then Mike starts laying nailing the shingles into the roof with a 1/4 inch overhang.
Mike is almost done with the starter row.
The next couple of rows go smoothly and now we are up to the wood stove pipe. We have to reinstall the pipe and install the flashing and shingles around the pipe on top of the roof. I really hope this is the last time we move the wood stove pipe
First Mike uses asphalt sealer around the pipe.
Then he cuts the shingles to go around the pipe.
Ahh...back on track again. We are past the pipe and we still have a really long way to go
Once we got past the pipe we settled into a routine and we were able to do about 6 rows at a time. I would make sure Mike had shingles to nail and he would keep nailing. It's going to be a very long day but we are doing well...except for my headache again
We finally make it to the water heater vent pipe. Mike has to reinstall that and install the tile around it. The small stuff like this always takes a lot of time.
Mike putting the cut shingles around the vent pipe.
We made it past the last pipe. Now it's just straight shingles
We are beat. It's 8:00 and we call it quits. The past 2 days has been tough on us. We will finish up tomorrow morning.
The last day for roofing..woo hoo.
This is it. We got about 3/4's of the shingles done yesterday...now we just hope we have enough shingles
We are back on track and working well together as usual
We are almost done.
Just this one little section and we are finished.
We are finished with the ice and water and the shingles
We made it by noon
. It took us 2 1/2 days to do the roof. Not too bad for a couple of amateurs, lol. We still have to install the metal edges around the edges of the shingles but the hard part is over and we made it before any rain. We also got really lucky with the weather. It was cooler than expected and a little overcast so we didn't cook on top of the roof
It was an incredible few days for us. We got the roof done faster than expected and we are very happy. I'm sure this roof will be much better, drier and quieter than the old metal roof
I hope you all enjoyed the story. Have a wonderful week and stay cool during this heatwave. I'll write again next Monday.