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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 5/24/2010

After a couple of sunny days since the foundation drains were completed and filled in, the road slowly dried out enough to allow the roofing folks to begin installing roofing tile today!

The truck itself had actually come up with its first big bundle of tile on Friday but couldn't get up the driveway (still a tiny bit too muddy), so the crew left it over the weekend. This wasn't too much of a problem, though they did commit one nearly unpardonable sin--they blocked in my Gator!!! After some work I was able to get it out with basically superficial damage (that turn signal was loose anyway...) and used it to help tidy up some of the mess over the weekend.

The crew wanted to get an early start today after so many unexpected delays (the weather of late has been wet and squally, causing delay in bringing up the heavy tile trucks) so Colleen met them at 7:00 AM to get started. Things went fairly well, though there was a bit of doubt for a moment about getting the truck up the driveway--turned out that the driver didn't give it enough power at first and had to make a second try before he got up to the house!

That truck is really interesting too. Turns out that the bed of the truck is a big lifting platform. Roofing folks nowadays (at least on larger jobs like this one) don't actually haul bundles of tile up by ladder or even with a big conveyor-belt contraption as I've seen on some TV shows; instead the whole top of the truck lifts up into the air on big scissor jacks to deliver the tile on a large, stable platform right at roof level! It's all very cool as you can see in a couple of the pics below and made me wish we had similar functionality on Blackie. I forget how many tons the truck is rated for, but it's quite a bit, apparently, and more if they deploy additional "legs" to steady the lifting platform (two stories is apparently about as high as they can go without putting out the bracing).

One might wonder from the picture why that big truck is carrying only a couple of bundles of tiles. Turns out that these tiles are very, very, very heavy; much more so than the normal tiles one finds at a big-box store. They're from a company called Malarkey (hmmmmm) and are in their Legacy line.  They're thicker than the standard tile, are laced with asbestos fiber, and have the same fire rating as a steel roof at something like one third the cost. They have a 50-year warranty, and the only big choice we had was figuring out what colors we wanted. This load of two bundles is only about a third of the tile Tanglewood needs, but it was a full load for the truck (in fact my understanding is that they technically ran it slightly over its rated weight for that altitude, but I won't tell if you won't). Two more trips are going to be needed over the next few days (strike while the road is dry!) to get everything the crew will need to the roof.

Once the tiles were offloaded, the big truck left and the crew (they brought about a half-dozen folks) got to work unpacking and nailing and generally turning the roof from a wasteland of tar paper and felt into an actual, you know, roof. They couldn't stay the entire day, since it got too windy around mid-afternoon to safely work up there, but they made good progress and everybody is happy.

Late in the day as she was packing up, Colleen spotted a smoke monster that apparently was thinking about attacking, but she scared it off...

More tomorrow (except hopefully the smoke monster)!

Steven in Colorado Springs


The tile truck is on the left (where it was parked over the weekend). The dump truck is carrying a load of infill for the work to be done on the inside of the house.
The truck is parked in front of the house and the crew consult on the next move.
Farther shot of the truck and crew getting ready to lift the tile to the roof. This guy was headed to get some ladders so they could climb up and be ready for the bundles.
The truck lifts the tiles to the rooftop. Dang, that's cool!
Closeup of the truck lift. Note the crewman on the lift helping make sure they don't lift straight into the eaves (that would Be Bad).
Measuring and figuring out what to do. The lift provides a ready and simple deck where the crew can consult without struggling to avoid falling off, too.
A view from the backside of Tanglewood; the crew is working on the roof over one of the guest bedrooms. That's a tall ladder.
Smoke monster looming over Tanglewood.


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