Re-roofing today and tomorrow

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8 Responses to Re-roofing today and tomorrow

  1. turcopolier says:

    I am not a roofer and that is not our roof. Actually, I did roofing one summer when in high school. The ones I hated the most were “composite roofs.”

  2. robt willmann says:

    This brings back memories of roofs of cedar shake shingles, or cedar shakes and shingles. My grandparents had a house with them, and if you went into the attic, you could see the shingles wedged together, as the roof did not even have solid decking, but a kind of framing or lattice work as the base of the roof for the shingles. When one of the strongest hurricanes hit the Texas coast, with gusts of around 200 miles per hour, the roof had no problems, and did not even leak. Today, those roofs are becoming rare, because they are being made illegal as a so-called fire hazard. But after the hurricane, as we drove around the county, we saw that some newer houses not only had significant damage to composite roofs, but also some of the roofs were blown off partially or completely.

  3. I had a fleeting vision of you up on your roof in the wind and the cold directing a squad of Guatemalans in the proper reroofing of a craftsman style house. It was just a fleeting vision, mind you. I know you have more sense than that. Had my roof replaced last Summer by a reinforced squad of Guatemalans. I stayed on the ground and kept them supplied with agua fria. They did a fantastic job in one day and it looks great. The new underlayment membranes are sure a far cry from the old tar paper. I’ll be tackling the cedar shingles on my gazebo next Summer or the year after. It will be a labor of love.

  4. turcopolier says:

    Yes. I would not do that. This crew of Central Americans have a couple of young women with them, family I suppose. It is obviously very hard work for them. I really admire Centro Americanos like these. They will do just fine here.

  5. srw says:

    I have re roofed one house. Damn hard work. Here in the mid-west about all you see doing the work are Hispanics (legal or nonlegal) who knows. They work hard and do a good job.

  6. oldman22 says:

    I have built 2 houses, including roofing. I have lived in one of those houses for 50 years.
    Last week I erected my scaffold alongside my house to do some work on the eaves. It was OK until I had to bend down and pick up a screwgun. My knees are no longer fit for that sort of work.
    I am about a year older than you are Col Lang.
    BTW, if you live where fire is a hazard, cedar shakes/shingles are really dangerous. Composite shingles are much safer. I love the appearance of shakes, and I still own a froe, but I have no desire to live in a shake roof house.

  7. Ulenspiegel says:

    “Zero CO2 footprint means no meat, no fish and no poultry, but also no meat substitutes that are based on soy (after all, that grows in farmers fields, that use machinery to harvest the beans, trucks to transport to the processing plants, where more energy is used, then trucked to the packaging/canning plants, and trucked once again to the stores) and also no imported food, because that has a negative ecological effect.”
    That is not correct. Agriculture and industry could be done with green electricity and to a lesser extent with synfuels. Locally grown chickens have a quite good CO2 balance…
    IMHO we have to reduce meat consumption and cut stupid transport, the latter would be a natural by-product of more expensive fossil fuels.

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