Repairing a Rotted 70-Year Old Roof in Portland Metro

By Gabriel Callaway

July 4, 2020

We, homeowners, are responsible for taking care of our homes. This is an important task, not only because we must make sure our houses are up to code, but to also ensure their security, safety, and comfort. Think of it as an investment that will keep giving back as long as we maintain it. 

Maintaining older homes with sentimental value can be a bit trickier though. We want to keep their personality, but we also need to make the necessary changes. Take for example the roof—the longer it’s been around, the higher the need for it to be replaced. 

Homes that are older than 20 years of age often don’t just need repairs—they need to be replaced entirely. It’s most definitely the right time for you to get your roof replaced if it has breaks, cracks, and other problems that come with the passage of time.  Even if it looks like it’s in good shape, there might be small issues that only experts can spot. Your old roof could be made of materials that aren’t as strong as what we have today, among other things to consider.

So what do you do when your older home with sentimental value needs a new roof?  Well, you’re in the same exact situation as one of our clients in the Portland Metro. Read on to find out how we handled the situation!

Dealing with Roof Rot in Portland 

Graham is a nice man that is helping to take care of his father’s hand-built 1950’s house. It is a gorgeous house with a 2.12 pitch that was in dire need of a roof, along with a new fascia. The California built-in gutters of the roof as well as several new sheets of plywood also needed to be replaced as rot had set in. 

Roof rot is never good news. Even if you don’t constantly see it, you will eventually feel the effects. It will lead to problems like plaster falling off and spots of water on your ceiling.

Combining Curb Value and Sentimental Value

Because of the sentimental value of his father’s home, we went about the project very carefully. Our team removed the wood in the numerous areas of rot, making sure to get all the fungus. We also cleaned the area within the radius of the rotted section. The rotted sections in the roof were replaced. Next, we replaced all of the fascia and the paint. Lastly, we removed the California gutters and placed standard 6K aluminum gutters, which are much more durable and long-lasting. 

Now our client is satisfied with how we made their old, rotted roof look like new without losing its personality. Another happy member of the Boss Family!

Don’t let your rotted roof get you down. If you need help with your roof, you may reach out to us, and we will gladly help you. Call us now at 503-732-7663!

Gabriel Callaway

About the author

Before Boss Exteriors, Gabe had his first company Callaway Construction Company for about 8 years. He started out of necessity to provide for himself and his family. Being self-taught, he was running everything solo for a couple of years in the beginning, and was doing all sorts of services. From flipping homes and doing all kinds of interior remodelling and contractor work, he recently shifted gears completely and niched down mostly to roofing, which is what Boss Exteriors is now. Channeling all his experience in being a general contractor for almost 10 years, he's now funnelling his expertise into the mastery of roofing to give customers an even better service and experience.

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