Our restaurant gets a new top

A roofing job in this part of the world is quite different from what I remember from our days in Toronto. As far as I can recall, the last time my wife Jan and I had a new roof put on our two-storey house in Toronto, the job took just a couple of days.

The workers scrambled up ladders onto the roof; ripped off the old shingles; stapled down some new heavy paper; and then proceeded to nail on the new asphalt shingles. Okay, it’s not easy or glamorous work, but it moves quickly.

Here in Daglan, with our heavy tile roofs, the job often becomes a fairly substantial construction project. Usually, new wooden slats need to be put in place, to support the tiles. Sometimes, main beams have to be replaced before the tiles can be added.

Right now, workers are on top of our village’s lovely little restaurant, Le Petit Paris (which is closed for the season, re-opening around the middle of February).  They’ve stripped off the old tiles, and have put down a number of new wooden supports. Next will come the heavy tiles. Have a look:

This is a heavy job.

This is a heavy job.

That huge extendible crane that’s hauling up the lumber, and later will lift up the tiles, seems to be standard equipment in this kind of job. And from what I’ve been told about the price of a roofing project, it’s not something you want to have done very often.

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5 Responses to Our restaurant gets a new top

  1. marshp2013 says:

    An interesting look, Loren. I guess it’s not surprising that replacing heavy tiles can be a big job. I guess it’s more surprising that they have to be replaced en masse at all. I always figured they were there for the duration. I think some of new-generation roof tiles are guaranteed for life. As for the supports underneath, that’s another question.

  2. Deborah Laing says:

    I hope that they do not put all the menu prices up when they re-open!

  3. loren24250 says:

    Deborah — I agree. Fingers crossed!

    • loren24250 says:

      Will do! Unfortunately, this is the spot where Daglan’s school kids get picked up in the morning and dropped off in the afternoon by bus, for those who are a bit older and who attend schools in other towns. Hopefully, their parents keep them well back from the actual construction and equipment.

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