Over the last 15 years I have been walking my shake roof every year and
replacing pieces as needed. This is a good day's job but it has kept
the roof in good shape and stopped having to re-roof the whole thing --
which requires a city permit which means a nosey inspector, a permit fee
and an increase in the annual property taxes. None of this if you just
replace a few at a time.
I generally carry an armful of shakes, and drop one every time I see a
loose or damaged piece. Then go back and install them. Not that hard
Last time I was on the roof, I put up an antenna, got a little dizzy and
did a couple of pirouettes. So I decided it was time to look into
supervising from a lawn chair next time.
For these kind of jobs, the guy who comes out is different from the
half-drunk feller who comes out to do the work. Or they send someone
who can't understand the language with no translator. The one and only
time I did this, the guy cut down a rose bush and a grapefruit tree.
The bad part about it is that ten years later I am still hearing about
Anyway, I don't know where this is leading. Just a pain having to find
someone without a referral I guess....
OK, now I remember..... (part 2).....
Overall the roof is still in decent shape, except for the first row of
shakes along the gutter which are getting eaten up by termites. I'm
wondering if it's worth tearing off and replacing the first row or two
(as needed), instead of doing the whole roof?
If partial replacement is OK, I would at least need to spray all with