A Job Well Done: a new roof for the old homestead

To say that an old place begun back in 1840 needs a little work is an understatement.  To do the work and not protect your investment of time and money would be foolish!

And so it is, that we called in the professionals when it came to repairing replacing the leaking roof.  Orchestrating the work that needs to be done here is like choreographing a circus balancing act.  As I told you previously, we knew certain jobs needed to be accomplished.

Jobs in order of known importance were:

  1. Fix the foundation  ~ Done
  2. Install a new roof ~ Done
  3. Install new plumbing ~  Partial only to the master bath.
  4. Install new wiring and bring it up to code ~ Waiting, as we need new studs and open walls to complete

The above work is being done by us as it now happens.  The rest of the work that needs to be done, the reconstruction, was found by discovery as we went along.  We will have to do the construction parts ourselves as well.  We are learning how to do so much!

We fixed the foundation knowing that it would shift the bones of the entire house and thereby cause leaks in the roof.  We scheduled the roofer to begin work immediately after the foundation repairs, and then it rained.  It rained hard off and on for many weeks!  We had 8 inches above normal rainfall this summer!  You simply cannot replace a leaking roof in the rain.  Needless to say, we were less than happy to see wet walls in the newest part of the house, that being the master bedroom.


Yesterday, we went out to do the final inspection on the new roof and we were very pleased!  We hired WPI out of Florence, AL.  Their attention to detail and hard work are a rarity in this day and age.

The job was not a simple one as you will see…

In the last photograph you can see the master bedroom peeking out on the left.  When we had the house inspected before buying it was noted that the roof had been lifted and folded back on that side.  Some screws were placed and some stepping-stones added to try to keep this side on, but the overhang was too long.  It had acted like a fin allowing the wind to get under the raw metal edge, and then lifted the panels up in a storm.  It had to be permanently fixed.

The work crew shortened the overhang by several inches, added a fascia, and properly battened it all down.  We think it looks really good!

Thanks WPI! 

WPI Work vehicles

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PHOTO CREDIT:  A special thanks goes to Tommy (TS) at WPI for supplying the bulk of the construction photographs to me.  I couldn’t be there every day due the distance and these photos for my journal are awesome!

DISCLAIMER:  If my post today sounds like an add to you, well please know that we were not paid nor did we receive any compensation.   That said, as consumers we do appreciate when we come across a business that takes pride in their work, and knows how to treat their customers right.  Word of mouth is still the best way to get new business, and we believe they deserve the accolades!