8. Roof removal

We used to say roof tear-off when Bob was in the roofing business but with a large metal roof like ours it is really a removal process.  We are using Sierra Sage Roofing for the new roof.  They came on July 24th to remove the old roof.  They have a crew that comes in and unscrews all the screws holding the roof and they lower each section down.  Then they bring a flat bed trailer in to take the metal to recycling.  We hadn’t thought about this so much we just knew we wanted a metal roof so that the snow would slide off and not accumulate like it does on a composition roof.  Turns out the recycling is an added benefit.  The crew also was careful to put each screw into a pile so that cleanup after the removal was minimal!  Certainly not the clean off mess and dumpster I remember from taking off roofs in the past!

Starting the roof removal

Starting the roof removal

'Riding the ridge line' three stories up!

‘Riding the ridge line’ three stories up!

After the metal is removed

After the metal is removed

Of course, what happens as soon as you take off the roof?  Rain is forecast, and it didn’t just rain it came down in buckets on July 25th!  Luckily the forecast was early so the crew came back out and put down plastic before the rain and we didn’t have any leaks in the house.  Bob was checking places for most of the evening! The roof removal was finished July 26th and the roof underlayment was in place to fully protect form any more weather.

Roof prepared and waiting for the next phase

Roof prepared and waiting for the next phase

We needed to have the roof removed early so that the carpenters could: trim the rafter tails; remove the old blocking and put in new blocking; build the new garage/workshop and sheet it for roofing; and put up new barge rafters (fascia) all around the house before the new roof is put on.  The garage is being built as I write this.  The last rafters for the new roof area were finished on Wednesday, August 8th.  They are working finishing the tie in to the old roof today.

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