I'm pretty sure that I know the answer to this question, but I'll ask
anyway. I'm sure a lively discussion will ensue.
How dirty does an unfinished attic get when they roof a house,
including a tearoff?
Sheathing is 1 x 6 tongue & groove, not plywood. I'm not expecting any
wood to need to be replaced, but I might be unpleasantly surprised.
If you had anything stored in the attic, would you move it out first
to avoid it getting coated with dust?
I didn't notice much of a mess.
Around here storing stuff in the attic isn't a good idea. More stuff to
heat up and block air flow. I'm in the middle of pulling all the stuff
out of my attic.
My new policy is: if I'm considering putting it in the attic I put it in
the trash. YMMV
Yeah...I kind of figured that "storage" would come up as part of the
discussion, but trashing the things that are up there - or storing
them some place else - is not an option right now, so I'd like to
limit the discussion to the "dirty" question if at all possible.
If the dust is minimal, I might consider covering everything with
cheap drop cloths and then carefully folding them up afterwards.
However, if there is going to be a lot of dust, I'd just as soon
remove it all and force SWMBO and I to honestly go through it before
putting it back up.
Maybe I should just tell SWMBO that it's going to be a complete mess
and that we have to clear it out. ;-)
On Friday, March 23, 2012 3:43:14 PM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
If trashing the items in the attic, or storing them somewhere else is not an
option, then why are you asking the question?
With those self-imposed limitations, it is inevitable that the items in the
attic are going to get absolutely plastered with construction debris.
How much really depends on how dirty it is up there. Everything that's stuck to
the underside of the sheathing (i.e. dust, cobwebs, etc) will get knocked down.
On Mar 26, 11:11 am, email@example.com wrote:
You misunderstood my meaning of "storing them somewhere else" not
being an option - and understandably so.
That response was related to the poster who said "Around here storing
stuff in the attic isn't a good idea".
What I meant was that *long term* storage of the items someplace else
wasn't an option. I certainly have room to remove them from the attic
during the re-roof (a spare bedroom, for example) but I certainly
wouldn't want them to remain there once the roof was done.
Don't ya just love it when you start a smple easy question and people answer you
with things that have absolutely nothing to do with your original post? A lot
of people who work in customer service use this tactic (trying to diffuse the
situation... but it just makes it worse) They do it because they don't know the
answer to your question, but they're not going to let them miss a chance to
voice their unwanted opinion. I used to get angry with people like that, now I
just chuckle about it. Smile & nod!
In addition to comments on dust etc, be sure to take down anything
that might be shaken loose, or vibrate off a shelf. Pictures, knick
knacks, anything wall mounted, etc. I overlooked the plastic insert in
large kitchen fluorescent light fixture. It shook out and broke when
it hit floor.
Also, in my case, the installers cut in 2 new roof jack vents in the
unheated unfinished attached garage area. None there previous 40 years
!! Said later it was "required by warranty on shingles". That left a
small mess in garage as it was not open during install.
Tearing off an asphalt shingle roof is one of the dirtiest jobs around. The
bits of shingle sift through any cracks -- and don't forget the roof vents.
I covered the stuff in the attic with plastic sheeting when I had it done
(standard roof boards, not tongue and groove) and later gave up trying to
clean up all of the mess. Now, I just clean the stuff as I get it out of
Yep, sure as shootin. You better be prepared to fix any bad roof
decking, if the roofers aren't required to do those fixings. There is
usually always something that needs fixing, especially old T&G
decking. Some worker just may step on a weak board, or boards, and
punch through. Also, have some 2X4s or 2X6s and nails handy, to
sister along any roof rafters, for conveniently replacing any
decking. Be prepared to fix anything as that. If there ends up to be
nothing to fix, I wouldn't think you would have invested too much
expense for the preparedness. You don't have to replace/repair the
decking with T&G, plywood is fine.
Check from the attic side to see if you can spot any rotting or water
leak areas, especially around any vents, chimney, etc. When the
roofing material is off, go stomp on any questionable/suspicious areas
and repair, if needed.
On Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:01:44 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
My parents house was re-roofed years ago. At that time I had some stuff
stored in their attic. The old roofing had to be stripped. The wood
was all good. The professional company did an excellent job on the
roof, but that attic was a real mess inside. Everything I had stored in
there was covered with that grit from the shingles plus nails, pieces of
shingles, tar paper and dirt. I'd suggest covering everything or
removing it and laying down tarps or paper sheets. A lumber yard or
carpet store might have some plastic lumber tarps to five away for free,
or paper/plastic carpet roll wrappings.
Another "not really what you asked", but personally, depending on
where you live, I might be more concerned about the possibility of
unexpected rain (though I suspect the stuff in the attic will be the
least of your worries then)... Just a thought...
I assume any respectable roofers are going to bring tarps just in
case, but that could be too late for stuff in the attic...
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