After three and a half weeks and way too many rain storms later, we have one of two roofs completely finished. The second surface of the 2nd floor roof only took a week, even despite having to contend with flashing the chimney (which I’ll talk about another day). Time for some photos!
The final step to getting the roof finished was putting the vent on. The formula for a good roof includes a lot of ventilation, so we ultimately chose to install a continuous ridge vent:
This involved cutting the decking back at the ridge, then rolling the vent over the newly-cut channel, then covering the whole setup with ridge shingles. The idea is that air vents up to the peak of the attic ceiling, goes through the cut in the decking, then breathes out the sides of the ridge vent. Like so:
Over 60 ridge shingles later, the ridge vent was done! Here’s what it looks like at the gable end of the roof:
It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that there’s been a lot of sacrifice to get to this point. For one, my dad spent a lot of time helping us get us up and over the steep learning curve of a roofing job. Paul and I both have spent countless hours nailing, cutting shingles, flashing and so on.
But the one sacrifice I did not expect was… my pants. The first time it happened, I figured it was because they were my main pair of work pants, and they had just worn down over time. But alas, these would not be the last pants I would sacrifice. Less than a week later, I managed to do the same thing to a pair of denim capri pants, and a week later, bam, a pair of shorts, gone. The problem is definitely the way I work on the roof: I sit facing the bottom of the roof with my feet planted almost under me in a modified squat. That way I have three points of contact with the roof at all times… but I’m well aware that you’d never seen a professional roofer shingle a roof like that. Anyway, by the the third time I managed to rip the back out of my pants, I was feeling a bit like Spongebob Squarepants (if you have children, you probably already know the episode. That whole show is a freaking earworm). Before we start the roof over the kitchen, I either need to re-learn how to stabilize myself while on the roof, or I need to buy a half-dozen more pairs of pants. Donations are welcome.