Good riddance to a bad, bad roof

Here are a couple of photos that Harrod took recently, to give you some idea of the magnitude of the roof replacement job that the Art Car World crew are doing on the main building. They’ve discovered that there are no fewer than 18 layers of asphalt rolled roofing up there! Evidently the previous owners over the last few decades found it easier just to keep adding new layers, rather than remove roofing material as it wore out. And of course as they added more layers, the weight caused the roof to start sagging more and more, and consequently leaking more, and requiring more layers…

So now it’s unavoidable. All of that nasty old asphalt has to be wrestled loose, little by little, while trying to keep the resulting dust out of one’s eyes and nose and mouth. And then the sagging structure has to be replaced with new trusses, etc. Here we see Kevin Ratliff and Francisco Valencia attacking the mess with pry bars. Behind them is another section waiting to be demolished, while at the bottom right is a gleaming section of new roof already completed. In all, the roof is over 11,000 square feet, so this is no small undertaking.

Kevin Ratliff on roof

Roof layers