In Step 13 (Dig Into the Foundation, Structural Work, and Roof) I explained how the sequencing on my projects varies. Sometimes I’ve completed the roof (including new shingles) in the initial weeks of the project and other properties have been dry at the start, but needed a new roof before it was time to sell. And more than once, I’ve had leaks when I took over, but the roof didn't get completely re-done until somewhere in the middle of the project.
|The Hurricane House|
I’ve written before that I enjoy every phase of renovating a run-down home. However, removing old shingles (that may come in the form of multiple layers) is definitely an exception. Laying shingles is fun. Tearing off old shingles…not so much. On The Hurricane House, I subbed out (subcontracted/hired a subcontractor) the demolition and re-framing which included scraping off the old shingles, collecting them from the ground below, and throwing them in the dumpster.
And finally, here’s another thing I no longer love about renovating old homes; carrying bundles of shingles from the ground level, up the ladder, and to the ridge. I’ve had my fill of this drill as well so on The Hurricane House I paid for a roof top delivery.
|The north end of The Hurricane House, Topless|
|The north end of The Hurricane House at completion|
I have roofed dozens of houses. I’ve done it alone, on a crew, or as part of a volunteer group (like a Habitat for Humanity project or a mission effort). The Hurricane House was a small ranch with two hipped ends. The only ridge was at the top, there were no valleys, and it was covered by a large live oak tree so the majority of the roof was blanketed in shade. This was an easy job I knew I'd enjoy knocking out myself...as soon as I had time. So when I had a few days, I laid the shingles and enjoyed it as much as expected.
|The Hurricane House - Back view after the new roof.|
|The Hurricane House - Back view at completion.|