In Portland, Oregon, a front porch leak turns into a roof replacement

In Portland, Oregon, a front porch leak turns into a roof replacement

It all began with a leak over the front porch.

This spring, when Angie’s List member M.J. noticed the leak outside her enchanting Portland home, she thought it could be fixed easily. She’d find someone to repair it, and then have them clean some moss off the ailing roof, too.

She contacted a handful of roofing companies, tracking down quotes and opinions on a repair strategy. In the 1990s, she had put a third layer on the original shake roof. But therein lay the problem.

“In the end, I realized that with three layers of roofing, it would be difficult to find and fix the source of the leak—that other leaks may be occurring, but not yet visible,” M.J. says. In addition, she realized that it wasn’t just a repair that she would need. She needed a new roof.

Through Angie’s List, she found a contractor who immediately scheduled the project. Inclement weather, though, led the project to be rescheduled several times.

Another sticking point: M.J. wanted to make sure the roofers were careful with her property surrounding the roof. “From the outset, I made it clear that I wanted my plants protected, and that the roofers needed to protect my aging concrete driveway and old brick in the front entry porch area,” M.J. says.

When the roofers arrived, they parked a railroad-car-sized dumpster outside of her house to deal with the resulting debris. “It was a dirty, dusty, noisy job, but my house and yard looked presentable at the end of each day,” she says.

The roofers estimated that the project would take three days, but it stretched to five. They discovered some dry rot that needed to be replaced over the front porch. Also, the contractor told her the house needed new intake and outtake venting, because the old venting was out of date.

During the repair process, M.J. also learned something that she now shares with others who are wrestling with roofing problems. “For this type of job, I would advise anticipating additional services of power-washing and/or window washing, and the inevitable vacuuming of some dust on interior window sills and inside the home,” she says.

With these obstacles navigated, M.J. couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.

“They did a good job of protecting my plants and windows,” M.J. says. “I’m extremely happy with the results.”


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