In the last lap of my race against winter I have decided to re-roof our detached garage. The inspector that we used during the house purchasing process made it clear that the old roof was leaking and needed to be replaced. Luckily I have a friend named Bob (no, not Bob the Builder) who did roofing for many years and is willing to lend a hand and show me the ins and outs of roofing.
So far I have:
1) Sourced the roofing materials. I did a bit of shopping around and it became clear that Stoneway Roofing was the best place to buy all the materials. They have great prices, good quality materials, and are very knowledgeable and helpful. The total bill for 450 sqr ft of 30 year PABCO shingles (nice achetechural type), plywood sheet, nails, vents, starter shingles, etc, etc.. is ~$650.
When I ask Bob if I should just buy the stuff at HomeDepot he said: "You have TWO choices: Stoneway or Stoneway. That's it. If you buy any other shit I'll make you return it with a pink dress on."
2) Cleared the roof.. The old roof was sooo covered in mystical backyard sludge. It was horrible. Also, many of the overgrown trees and bushes were resting on the roof. It was a mess. I spent about 4 hours cutting all of the branches back (don't tell my mom that I used a chainsaw while standing on a roof) and shoveling the scum off the roof. I should say about 1000lb of stuff hit the ground (branches + sludge). I tried to get pictures.. kinda hard to see the extent of the change