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Rooferama Drama

March 07, 2012   //  Posted in: Backyard, Garage   //  By: Emily   //  10 responses
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Houston, we have our first semi-big home repair situation on our hands.

Really, I’m lucky for this being the first “issue” I’ve had to deal with. Also, we’re lucky we weren’t in tornado alley – we know it’s been a rough week for many parts of the country. We didn’t get anything torrential in Rochester, just wind. The kind of wind that makes you stay inside all day with the blinds closed, watching 7 episodes of Parenthood a mere 24 hours before your DVR is about to be replaced for a newer model. The kind of wind that mother nature wedges beneath the plywood and tar paper on the garage roof and…

Whoop, there she is. That’s not good.

Oops, roof damage!

Unfortunately, it’s not just a situation of the tar paper tearing up. When it loosened, it propelled two of the tiles across the yard.

Tiles, dropped.

OK, not “across the yard,” so much as directly down onto one of my 36-dolla, barely rooted Mountain Laurel plants that I just dropped into the earth 4.5 months ago. Crunch. But better on it than on the dog though. Scary, because those tiles are almost as heavy as cinder blocks.

It may still have been blowing 50+ mph winds, but we had to act fast to make temporary repairs before the rain and snow started to fall. And by “we,” I mean manly Pete, who was much braver about getting on the roof in those conditions to hammer what seemed like 500 roofing nails into place while I held the ladder in place and clung to the rafters with all of my upper body strength.

Hammer time. Just kidding.

More issues: We always knew that the back of the garage needed some help, and we did a bunch of tarring patchwork last spring to try and get us through a few more years, but now it’s worse than just a few drippy spots; one of the roof joists was quickly rotting, and even worse, the plywood resting on the joist on the back 2-3 feet of the garage is obliterated. Seems that this is the unfortunate consequence of a poorly placed plywood seam and poorly tarred roof.

That's water damage, yo.

We shall add it to the list and hop on it this springtime. You know, when we can be outside dealing with it happily in t-shirts and sunblock. Hopefully it will hold tight for a few more months and we won’t be left with this dramatic scene again:

Back of the garage.

I don’t know what the extent of the repairs will be, we’re kind of thinking it’d be a great opportunity to fix the trouble spots, reinforce the joists, and maybe totally shingle the roof to match the house. I’ll be doing some research in materials, and maybe checking in with insurance to see what can be done, our initial guess is that considering the cost of the deductible, they’re not going to be saving us much money.

Tips* welcome.

*especially when tips mean cash money.

Comments
  • Staci @ My Friend Staci
    3 years ago - Reply

    Sucky!!! Although I confess once you begin to tackle this I’ll be watching and taking copious notes. Our garage roof needs some big-time help as well.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      I can only hope it’s not something that requires professional help. If it’s DIY-able, I know I’ll learn a lot!

    • Pete
      3 years ago -

      It’s DIY-able, it’s just not going to be fun.

  • Ken
    3 years ago - Reply

    I’m no expert, but have help habitat for humanity before. That roof looks fairly small. I imagine you could do that in a weekend. Definitely DIY-able.

    Pete – Small roof, so looks like a easy weekend job with a few friends and some steaks – unless Emily says, lets build a loft!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      A loft, you say. We should have steak and beer before we begin construction and see where were this goes.

    • Pete
      3 years ago -

      I’ve redone a roof before so that’s not what I worry about. It’s the Mike Holmes-esque complete rip down due to years and years of neglect and water damage that I worry about. I need Damon Bennett to come down for a weekend.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      (If anyone knows Damon personally, that’d be great. Thanks.)

  • Andres
    3 years ago - Reply

    Wow. Your roof blows apart and you respond by expressing your own luckiness in a cleverly written post. When my roof blows apart I should hope to do the same. I mean that both in the sense of my garage roof actually blowing apart and also as a literary symbol representing an abstract idea.

  • Mindy
    3 years ago - Reply

    No tips, but I did want to chime in and say that I love “Parenthood”! :-)

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      We like it best in large doses. Best to cry all day, for one day, than one hour, one day every week.

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