As I’ve said many times before, it’s sometimes overwhelming owning a 100+ year old house. Over the century Mother Nature sure has wreaked havoc on the wood exterior. Kathy and I are somewhat lucky that the carpenters in the olden days used cedar a lot. If the wood underneath the slate tiles was not cedar, then we would be in bad shape. Cedar tends to hold up longer than other woods.
Our slate roof has a few missing slate tiles and a few leaks. I would love to replace the slate with something else but the roofers have been quoting around $15k; repairs are 5x less. I am torn, I dislike slate as do home insurers, but I do like money and I could use that cash on other much needed repairs.
Two years ago, we noticed a leak on our porch roof. Kathy opened it up and noticed extensive rot; damn you water! The posts holding the roof up were even worse, you could literally poke your figure through the wood.
I hate roofs and we decided to demolish it and replace it with a pergola. We spent the month of July having a blast ripping the roof apart and August building. I made it through the project without any serious injuries which is kind of shocking.
I love to tear things down.
Here are the photos chronicling the effects of water over the years, the tear down and the build.