I apologize for the bad quality of these photos (they were taken with a cell phone by a contractor), but to be honest, a higher resolution isn’t going to do our poor roof and cornice any favors.
We had a contractor out on Saturday to take a look the exterior of our house. We’ve known since we bought the house three years ago that this day would come eventually, but now that we’ve finished the bulk of the large interior projects, we can’t put off dealing with the exterior any longer. This past winter was really bad, with a lot of heavy ice buildup and major runoff that didn’t drain properly. The Big Stuff has to be done sooner rather than later, and this is work that we can’t do ourselves.
There are a lot of things wrong with the exterior of our house, but let’s just start with the roof for now. It’s a flat roof (though it does have a slight pitch to it), and it’s not visible from the ground. Neither Evan or I have ever been up on the roof before, and this is the first time we’re seeing photos of it. It’s weird to see such a major part of the house that’s been invisible to us for so long!
The roof itself (pictured above) is actually in decent shape, fortunately. Before the contractor went up, there was some talk about replacing it with EPDM, but it looks like that won’t be necessary.
Sadly, everything else up there is a mess. The decorative cornice in particular is a total disaster. As you can see from the top photo, the level of decay is beyond what can be addressed with scraping and a fresh coat of paint. At this point, it looks like the entire cornice will need to be rebuilt.
The last photo is of improperly installed flashing around the roof line. This is where water has been seeping behind the cornice (and probably into the walls—thank goodness for brick houses with plaster walls!) for many, many years. Coupled with clogged downspouts, broken gutters, and general bad drainage, our house is feeling very, very sad.
Just wait until you see the brick work that needs to be done! And the porch that’s falling apart! Oy. Time for the dogs to find gainful employment!
On a happy note, at least we loved the contractor.