Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Great Cover up

In the midst of our basement reno, right around the time we were toiling away doing the insulation in the basement, we were also toiling away upstairs.  Why you might ask would we tackle that at the same time as a major reno in the lower half of our house? 

Well, reason #1 was our Eco Audit deadline was looming (March 2012, yes... I am that behind in posting :( ).

And reason #2, is that our roof was leaking and was starting to look like a quilt from the outside due to all of the tarps draped over it, and a start-up mushroom farm on the inside due to the damp conditions inside.

Because of #1 we were in a time crunch for the attic insulation, and because of #2 knew that before we could tackle that we had to take care of our roof.  Luckily (?) the roof issue had been raised by our home inspection, so we knew when purchasing the house that a new roof would be in order, but had been told we should be able to eek out a year or two... apparently, less than 6 months was the actual remaining lifespan.  Although el buget was already stretched, we knew that there was little point in investing in our interior, if the key area of our exterior was not doing it's job.  So, we dug deep and called in the pros.

 Over a two day period they had our old pale grey roof stripped and a nice charcoal grey, specifically  "Moire Black".

There were a few surprises along the way.
  • The previous owners/roofers, had not added the paper middle layer to the roof, so we had the asphalt shingles going straight onto the plywood
  • The plywood panels had been installed incorrectly with areas over lapping (ie. creating ridges where it was 2 panels thick, creating a nice trough for the water!)
So,... no wonder it'd been leaking!  Our roofers (for any Vancouverites, we used these guys and were super happy with their prices and workmanship), sorted it all out and we are happy to report we are now leak (and mushroom free) up there!

 Anyways... back to the re-roofing!  Our old grey was out, and our nice dark grey roof was in.  It may not sound like a big difference, but man oh man, in person it's huuuge!
Just like a little black dress does wonders for a woman's wardrobe, our crisp dark new roof is giving our little rancher a huge exterior makeover.  Don't believe me?  Check the before and after out!

H and I are loving it (and loving our dry house!), and are now planning the next big exterior makeover, painting the house! 

Oh, and something I though might be worth sharing, before you get re-roofed, pay attention to how the water flows off your roof. We had a few areas that the water missed the eves troughs due to the steep incline or angle or the roof / trough. In these areas the water was streaming off the roof and was digging holes in the garden and making a soggy mess.

One of our problem areas was this long rum off the cathedral section that funnels down to a small 1ft section of gutter. After a little discussion with you roofing team, they were able to install special little ... "flaps" that help guide the water and slow it down to we are now waterfall and soggy patch free, and all at no extra cost! 

Note:  We were not perked in any way for this post, we just really liked working with them and wanted to pass it on 'cuz we know how hard it can be to find quality reliable trades.


  1. A mushroom farm on the roof? That sounds scary! Good thing you decided to fix it immediately. Roof leaks can definitely wreak havoc on your roof structure and property, especially if it is left unattended. For one, it can cause mold and mildew formation, which may pose a major health risk for you and your family. It can also cause water damage and weaken your roof structure. Although roof replacement can be a little costly, it can save you a lot in the long run. And hey, you did have a new roof color, which is an added bonus!

  2. The roof looks especially good with its new blue color. Good thing you didn’t “hero-upped,” but called the pros to help you fix the roof. It’s nice to have a good relationship with your local roofers, since they would appreciate the return business and you can always trust their good services in the future.

    Willie Norman

    1. Thanks Willie, we are really happy with it aswell. Knowing ourselves and the importance of a sound roof, we didn't even consider attempting a DIY roof.

  3. Nice of you to provide ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures for us to see! And for me, the new roof does look better than the old one. Seeing as there are a couple of trees near your house, I would suggest a regularly cleanup on your roof. Leaf debris tends to keep moisture on the roof surface. That moisture can seep into the sheathing, thus weakening it. That is why you must keep your roof free of leaves regularly.

  4. I agree with Willie. It is good to call in the pros to do the work, so that you can lessen the risk of further damaging your property. It might be costly and a waste to try to do something you do not fully know, and then end up paying for repair services to resolve the problem.

    Elizabeth Hoffnung


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