Baby Girl and I ditched school on Friday and headed down to Oregon for a quick visit with Sweet Miss. Now I know you’re aghast, since I let my kid skip school to visit her sister.
Well, it wasn’t all fun and games. You see Baby Girl wants to study architecture at the University of Oregon. You mean both girls will be at the same school? No, this is the rival of Oregon State where Sweet Miss is studying.
So we spent one night with Sweet Miss and her crew in Corvallis, and then early the next morning we were off to tour U of O in Eugene, another hour south down the freeway.
U of O is now firmly at the top of her list. Then it was back to Corvallis for dinner with Sweet Miss followed by the long drive home–yes, you can make it in four and a half hours without traffic.
And what was the MR doing when we were trying to see how many of Sweet Miss’ friends we could fit in the back seat of my car? While we were painting the town, he was painting the roof. (See my title does make sense in a weird sort of way.)
Our roof is insanely large. Nobody in their right mind would want to replace it. So the MR is painting it to extend its life. Apparently, this is routine maintenance for a torch down roof. You simply paint it a light color so it doesn’t absorb as much heat.
Torch down roofs have a life expectancy of 15-20 years with proper maintenance. Our house has been here for 21 years, and we have no idea how it was maintained before we moved. It had been sorely neglected for a while. So a new roof may be in the future, but the MR is doing his best to keep this one in good condition.
When we had the solar panels installed last summer, they added a rail system around them, so painting that area was a priority. The MR put on two coats since this was new roofing.
Just look how white it is compared to the other part of the roof.
The MR thought he was buying the same coating as the rest of the roof, but obviously it’s different. When he went back to the hardware store for more paint, he found the silver coating and switched to that for the rest . The contrast between what’s been painted and what hasn’t is not as stark with the silver coating.
The left side looks so much smoother with all the cracks filled in and more reflective.
If you are going to paint a torch down roof, here’s a word to the wise. The fibered-aluminum roof coating is too thick to stir by hand. Make sure you have a drill available. And the roller gets really heavy when loaded down with the metallic coating.
Remember Terminator 2 when Arnold comes back and gets his butt kicked by the new version of the terminators-the ones that can change shape and melt into a pool of shimmering metal? Well, that’s what this stuff looks like; not the terminator part, just the shimmering metal part.
It does make me a little nervous to have the MR up on the roof when no one is around. It’s a long ways up or down, depending on how you look at it.
He rolled 20 gallons on over the weekend and probably has another 25 to go. The portico roof will be white while the rest is silver, but I don’t think the eagles will mind. Thankfully, you don’t notice it from the ground.
How’s your roof? Painting anything fun?