July 16, 2021
I have mentioned the chain of events that began as a vent falling into the attic and ended up with our entire roof being replaced. While I am grateful to get the new roof, I was not prepared for the havoc the replacement would cause. It started the day before when I received a text notifying me people would arrive to fix the roof at 5:30 the next morning, and that I needed to move my cars to allow them to park their dumpster in my driveway. Not being a morning person, I grumbled but did as they asked. I woke at 6:00 the next morning and checked to see if they had arrived. They had not so I went back to sleep. Apparently, they rang the doorbell around 6:20 and asked Melissa to be let into the back fence (I slept through the bell). By 6:30 they were walking around on the roof. That did wake me up.
I was not surprised when I looked online and found that asphalt shingles were the most popular type of roof material across North America. The shingles are “designed to protect your home through decades of weathering with minimal upkeep and are available in hundreds of colors and styles.” The best quality asphalt shingles may last for 30 years without needing to be replaced, although their lifespan varies depending on your weather. The downside is asphalt shingles are lightweight, which means they can easily blow away in strong winds. While asphalt shingles may come in hundreds of styles and colors, I was given two styles (expensive and more so) and a choice of three colors. I later found out our subdivision limited the style and color of shingles you can put on your roof. Luckily, I choose the style and color found on the roof next to our house.
The noise of workers on my roof may have woke me up, but the fun was just beginning. I have had a roof replaced before, but I went to work, and it was done when I got home. Now Melissa and I both work from home. It took a while for the workers to clear the old shingles off the roof, during which time I pointed out they had piled shingles on the succulents in the front succulent bed (they were removed). The underlayment went on and the process of attaching the shingles to the roof began. You can imagine what six men nailing shingles above your head would sound like. Melissa had three zoom meetings during the day and her colleagues all enjoyed the sound. When they were doing the roof above my office, insulation came out of the air vent and drifted down to my desk. With the heat and hard work, I was amazed to see them finish the roof in one (12 hour) day.
Thoughts: When I was checking the different types of shingles and which was better given my criteria, the answer invariably was, “it depends.” Apparently, what it depends on is when you want to spend the money. I also found the “information” was being offered by roof contractors who wanted to contact me. When I saw how much my standard asphalt roof cost, I knew why everyone was so interested in my roof. Fixing a roof is labor-intensive and the feels-like temps climbed close to 100F in the morning. By lunch, the crew was all sleeping on my lawn. I noted only the foreman of the crew spoke English. Fixing a roof must be one of the good jobs being taken by immigrants. I hope they at least had ear protection. Do the work. Change is coming and it starts with you.