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  •  I like ridge seam steel roofing. (20+ / 0-)

    Construction was started on our house in 1921 and it was completed in 1923. The family who built it moved in early in 1924. I know all this because the fellow whose grandparents built it lived next door. He taught Industrial Arts at the local high school until his retirement, and grew up in this house. It had not been well cared for and was in horrible shape when we bought it. I was staining some baseboards and other woodwork, so he came over and lent his expertise. Seems that in order to match the existing wood color, we had to blend Minwax stain in red mahogany, black walnut and early American. Trial and error in a Mason jar, dipping many sticks of wood to test the color and we got the ratio of colors perfect.

    I learned the original roof was cedar shake, but they started leaking. In 1939, the roof was replaced with heavy guage ridge seam steel. It is still up there. Since we moved in, we had it painted once, and the joints caulked twice. Rust spots and some mildew was present, so the painters used a pressure washer to scrub it clean. They recommended a top of the line roof paint that has fiberglass in it. Supposed to last at least a couple of decades. They also put some kind of fungicide in it to suppress mildew.

    Last year we had some joints re-caulked where the old caulk had dried out and  was leaking a bit. It is getting about time for another pressure washing to get the crud off, and it will look like a new silver dime.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 06:23:19 AM PDT

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