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new roof, part 2

One day, start to finish, 730 am to 5 pm, arrival of crew to departure. Originally budgeted at up to three days, depending on weather. They cleaned the site with a magnet to collect errant nails and staples.

Roofing creates a mess. Crew cleans it all up.
The new roof, almost complete, atop the second storey. Still to do — the chimney cap, to be formed from a sheet of metal.
Part of the new roof on the shed over the third bay of the garage; new drip edge visible.
The new roof over the first storey at the front of the house, debris to clean up.
The new roof at the north side of the first storey, with two plumbing exhausts installed and debris to clean up.

New roof

Back during the remodel, the roof was the ONE thing we did not have to rip off and replace, just repair in limited places. We were instructed to check it after about five years. Time’s up.

Metlife opted to cover most of the replacement, because hail. Thank you, Metlife.

Steven met with several roofers. Wes Strahan and Texas Traditions get the gig. Why? Wes is responsive, tracked down answers, explained everything, put up with Steven asking more than the usual questions …
From the front of the house, tearing up the old shingles on the first and second stories.
Jacquela studies the exposed black felt from the back yard; almost all the old shingles have been torn off at this point.
New shingles stacked at the ridge line over the main house.

The crew from Texas Traditions arrived about 730 am. The materials arrived about 830 am. By 10 am, most of the existing roof was torn away; Estimated life expectancy 20+ years consumed. New synthetic underlayment applied over the old black felt, because the felt was still good enough to provide a second layer of protection from water. And it sounds like elephants are playing soccer up there while Jadin is taking online classes and Steven attempts a video conference call.

The upper roof, cleared of most debris.
The workshop atop the original garage, with part of the ridge vent exposed — this was cut in during the remodel.
We chose American Havest “Nantucket Morning” from GAF — a mix of gray and blue to complement the existing body colors of the house — gray and barn red.
New shingles stacked atop the shed roof of the new garage added during the remodel. Metlife requires that we replace even this newer roof in order to insure the entire job.
And about one hour later the same roof is protected with synthetic FeltBuster.
Layers of water protection in the roof valleys — metal flashing and adhesives.
Some of the old metal flashing curled into a pile on the ground, along with some of the old metal drip edging.
We need two of these, one for each tankless water heater. They are screens that stop leaves from blowing into the exhaust/intake stacks for the tankless units. Wes Strahan had to track these down from Navian and Ferguson. The screens were not installed during the original remodel and install of the tankless units. How does Steven know this? He’s had to clean — several times — oak leaves out of the tankless water heater filters.

Welcome back

it’s been a while. We’ve been busy. Living in the house. Working around the house. Tackling projects. Graduating from high school. Sending Jadin off to NYU to study screen writing. Bringing her home, because pandemic. Walking Adobe. Taking out the garbage. Building raised beds in the back yard for Jacquela to grow veggies. The usual …