Monday, February 9, 2009

I see dead slates!

Slate damage!

When I woke up on Sunday morning and looked out onto the breezeway, on my way downstairs to get the newspaper, this is what I saw. Note the broken slates and the couple hundred pound chunk of ice. Also note the chunk of wood broken off of the porch railing - however, that is minor, in comparison to the roof.

Gutter damage

When I went out to get the newspaper, I saw that the gutter on the breezeway had suffered some significant damage, too. Doh!

Slate damage!

The worst part, however, is underneath this dormer.

Slate damage!

Here's a detail from one side.

Slate damage!

And from the other. Note the row of slate hooks. Note all the copper, almost pristine, indicating a relatively recent repair. Clearly we need to address the root cause of this ice damage, namely, the large pieces of ice falling off the house, or this will continue to be a problem for the forseeable future.

Dennis M. Crookshanks will be over this afternoon to evaluate what we can do short term to prevent leaks as well as to look at the house and determine what need to be done long term. Here's hoping...


Shane and Casey said...

Ugh, we had a chunk of ice break lose off of one of our dormers yesterday as well. Thankfully our roof didn't get damaged, but I was standing in the room right below where it slid and it sounded like half of the house had collapsed or something. It was that loud and it shook the house.

While I love slate, I am thankful in this instance to have cheap tar shingles.

Good luck with the repair

Green Fairy said...

Good luck with the roof--you're so lucky to have slate.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Thanks. Here's hoping it goes well. This will probably be a multi-year project, I think.