...AND A ROOF OVER MY HEAD.Just had my first roof installed.
I've owned a few houses over the years but never really had to face replacing ALL of the shingles and a lot of rotted wood underneath. Yikes.
Hint: get a good local company that's recommended by people you know.
As you gather estimates, be sure to check out Homewerx , a family-owned roofing business in Summerville since 2002. They won my contract and my respect.
Billy Martin, the owner, was up on my roof Tuesday at 8:30am with his crew. He also was there when the job was completed at 6:00pm that evening.
Mr. Martin told me that All the jobs have to pass HIS inspection.
I like that. And the fact he had selected the one dry day in a series of rainy one to launch - and complete - my roof in the same day.
"We watch Doppler closer than any weather man in Charleston, " he laughed.
About three hours after starting, the crew had removed five outmoded spinning ventilators, a short brick chimney and stripped off the shingles, felt and tar paper. Sheets of plywood were cut to replace areas that needed repairs. Duh. You don't put a new roof over a bad foundation.
Good planning - around noon, a large truck rumbled around the corner with a huge crane stored across the top.
The driver used a portable control box, pushed levers and walked around for the best sight lines as he hoisted pallets of supplies to the peak of the roof.
I guess I thought shingles were lugged up a ladder.
The rat-a-tat-tat of many hammers was replaced with a single nail gun for the shingles.
The team worked smoothly together, capping the job with a ridge vent the length of the house.
Two large loaded dumpsters were hauled away and a leaf blower cleaned sawdust and debris.
A strong magnet was wheeled around the house, picking up stray nails that had missed the blue tarps that had surrounded the house.
My brand new roof is completed and guaranteed.
When I turn 101 years old, I'll climb up a ladder to see how well that 30-year guarantee has held up.
(As usual, click on the photos - twice - to see amazing detail. This turned out to be a very pleasant business experience. I've heard horror stories of jobs taking 2 days and 5 days. Good grief!)