Eave of Destruction

It’s happening: we are re-roofing very soon.  Our shingles were supposed to come in on Monday… they didn’t, but we’re still working hard to prepare for when they finally do come in.  What goes into redoing the roof on a dilapidated house?  Let’s do a visual inspection:

Missing shingles and potential leak points where the shingles don't lay flat. This is actually the section of roof that's in the best condition, Paul tells me.

I think any number of animals have been working on this gap (I'm looking at you, nuthatches and squirrels).

These holes in the soffit on the back porch are definitely the work of squirrels.

So not only do we need to replace the roof, we also need to replace all the eaves.  This past weekend we started that.  Paul and my father started ripping out the old eaves, while I started priming the cedar boards for the new eaves.

Taking the eaves off the back of the house.

Some sort of nest in one of the eaves. One of many little surprises, including a wasp nest and dead squirrel.

Priming the cedar boards with cover stain is important because it waterproofs them and seals in cedar's natural tannins. Without sealing, the tannins would leach out and the boards would lose their rot-resistance.

Hundreds of feet of boards are now primed and painted, and most of the eaves are off and in our roll off dumpster.  Oh!  In other news, we have a new dumpster!  The past two dumpsters we’ve had were with Atomic Recycling, and they are great, don’t get me wrong.  However, I called them about a week and a half before we wanted it, and they told us they wouldn’t be able to rent us one for six weeks!  So we ended up with Vasko Roll-Off, and were able to get it for 14 days instead of the normal seven.  I’m sad that we won’t have our construction waste recycled this time, but since asphalt shingles aren’t recyclable in Minnesota right now, there won’t be too much extra going to the landfill.

Anyone ever decided to do a roof do-it-yourself?  Paul’s done a couple, and this is my first experience with roofing in any capacity.  I’d love to hear any stories anyone has to share.


About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on July 12, 2011, in House, Renovation and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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