Preview of Roof Renovation

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The old shingles on the house were in fairly bad shape when I bought it.<br />I knew at the time that the roof would have to be stripped and re-shingled. There was a layer of worn-out asphalt shingles over the original cedar shingles the house was built with in 1926.  Even the north side of the roof, shown here, was in quite bad shape. I had considered doing some of the work myself, but the front portion of the roof is 10/12 pitch, and the back is even steeper, at 12/12.  There are also some difficult valleys, so we decided to hire the job out. This is the back portion of the roof, at a 12/12 pitch.  It's also a 20-foot drop to the ground below, so I didn't envy the workmen. Here you can see the drop somewhat easier. After getting quotes and talking to four companies, I hired <a href="">Cover-Tite Roofing</a> to do the job.  They showed up with a large truck full of equipment, a large trailer overflowing with ladders, scaffolding, safety gear, tarps, and other miscellany. They had to cover one neighbour's house with tarps to protect it; there is only a few feet between the houses.  Here you can see one of the workmen starting to strip the northern slope's old shingles. By the end of the first day of work, they had completely stripped the old shingles, repaired any rotten boards underneath, and had re-shingled half of the roof.  These are the new 30-year asphalt shingles on the southern slope of the roof. Work continuing. This is only some of the old roofing material that was removed. A shot of one of the workmen, working on the steepest and most dangerous part of the roof. He said to me around this point, &quot;I love this house.  But I hate the roof.&quot; A neighbourhood pigeon observes the work from a safe distance. Continuing work on the worst part of the roof. The neighbour's cat &quot;Angel&quot;, observing the work in progress. The roofers did a good job of cleaning up when they were done; other than a few squashed plants, I have nothing to complain about. The completed roof looks good. The northern slope now features two turbine ventilators to try to improve ventilation of the attic.  Also, the old television antenna is gone. This photo shows good detail of the new shingle; it's not a standard three-tab shingle, but an &quot;architectural&quot; shingle which I think looks quite nice and is in character with the age of the house. Another view of the completed back of the house.

Last updated February 17, 2005.