Something Looks Different

yay-15175428-digitalI don’t know how I failed to notice that the new roof looks completely different from the old one we had. At first, I just thought it was because it was a different color. Now that the roof is fully finished, the difference is much more noticeable. I asked my dad about it when he got home from work, and he explained that it was because he and my mom had chosen to go with another type of roofing material. What we had before was asphalt shingles, which seems to be the most common type I see around here. The new roof that was installed is made up of terracotta tiles. They remind me of the Spanish-style villas. It actually looks really nice now that I think about it… Suits the Southern California vibe. Apparently they last much longer and require less maintenance too. My dad says we won’t have to worry about replacing our roof for another 100 years! I’m not sure if he was joking about that, but he seemed pretty serious. I guess that’s a good thing though! If I stay in this house for the rest of my life, that’s one thing I won’t need to worry about.

I never realized how many roofing options were out there. I’ve seen asphalt shingles and clay tiles before – they’re not all that uncommon around here. And I’ve seen wooden roofs during some of our vacations in cottage country and ski country, but I didn’t think they were used elsewhere. I just learned that metal roofs are also an option for homeowners. I have a hard time picturing a metal roof on a house, but luckily there’s Google Image. It actually looks much less industrial than I imagined it would, and works very well for certain styles of houses. I think it’s pretty neat that homeowners have so many choices. I wouldn’t even know where to start besides which type of material I thought looked the best. But as my dad would tell me, “Alisja, it’s not just about being pretty!” That’s today’s words of wisdom.

When considering what type of roof is best for your home, here are some other things you should be factoring into your decision:

  • Initial Cost vs Cost Over Time – Roofing materials that tend to have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance will usually be more expensive upfront. The savings accumulate over time, and will wind up costing homeowners less in the long term.
  • Lifespan – Having a roof replaced or repaired more frequently can be an inconvenience, as well as set you back financially. If you prefer the peace of mind of a more durable, low maintenance roof, choose a roofing material with a longer lifespan such as tile
  • Climate – Certain roofing material is more appropriate for specific climates or conditions


It Has Begun

I wasn’t expecting the renovations on the house to start until summer, but I guess my parents wanted everything underway as soon as possible because there’s a lot that needs to be done. That’s bad news for me. The school year isn’t over yet, so I can’t go out every single day to avoid all the chaos. I still need to study for finals and finish up some projects. For the most part I’ll be at school, but when I’m at home all the activity happening is a little bit annoying. Not the fault of the contractors though. You can’t really fix things without making any noise.

In fact, the roofing company we hired, Citadel Roof & Restoration, is pretty fantastic. They always greet me politely when I’m arriving home from school, and make sure to tidy up at the end of the day before they leave. All that work on the roof does make a fair bit of noise, but they seem to be going out of their way to avoid inconveniencing us. I don’t know very much about roofing, so I can’t really say much about the quality of their work, but my mom and dad seem very happy with it. We are having the whole roof replaced. I didn’t even know that was something you needed to do. I always just assumed the roof would last as long as the house, unless there was a fire or natural disaster or something. But according to my parents, it’s something that needs to be done at least every 20 years with our type of roof. I guess since moving in we haven’t touched the roof so it’s a little overdue. That would definitely explain the leaks and stuff we experienced over the past couple of months.

I’ve picked up some useful information that will help me in the future when I own my own home I guess. Preferably my husband will take care of things like fixing and maintaining the house, because I still find it a bit confusing. Not that he has to do it himself, but hopefully he’ll know what to do when something goes wrong. That’s probably not very feminist of me to say. A woman should be able to handle everything a man can. In my case though, that’s just not something I’m ever going to be interested in dealing with. When it comes to roofs though, I do at least know how to tell if it’s time for one to be replaced or repaired:

  • Inspect the attic for leaks, water damage, sagging, or sunlight coming through
  • Visually inspect the outside for missing, cracked, or loose shingles.
  • Check the gutters for excessive shingle granules
  • Look for mold or mildew growth

Hopefully I’ll remember these things when I have my own house!

Hello World!

yay-18270198-digitalI’m excited to begin my foray into the world of blogging. I don’t have the most exciting life, but I’d like to think I have an interesting thought or two to share from time to time. My hobbies are varied and change from week to week. I guess that’s just a part of being young and still trying to figure out who you are. On the bright side, that should keep things interesting for my subscribers. You never know what you’re going to find on this blog! So if you enjoy surprises, you’re in the right place.

The weather is getting warmer, although it’s never truly cold here in Southern California. Sometimes it makes me sad that we never get to experience a white Christmas. In the future, I would definitely want to go to a ski resort or something during the winter to experience the snowfall and build a snowman. There goes my train of thought again, though. Back to our current weather… I’m excited for summer to arrive. This year, I’m going to make it my mission to learn how to surf. If any of you out there are pro at surfing, send your tips my way – I’m going to need them. My balance has always been atrocious. I trip walking down a straight, flat hallway. I know… How does that even happen!? Hopefully surfing will help with that.

My parents have also decided it’s time to fix the house up this summer. That means there will be a lot of renovations and construction going on around here. I’m not really looking forward to all the noise and mess. I’ll probably hide out at the beach most of the time. That is, when I’m not updating my blog with some fun articles for you guys!

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! It’s not much so far, but I’m going to change that soon enough. Writing has always helped me to relax and get things off of my mind. And I hope by sharing my experiences with you and providing you with some interesting posts to read, I can help you pass some time and take a load off of your mind too. At the very least, it can serve as a reminder to you that someone somewhere out there is having a more boring day than you…

But I promise to go out there and explore the world so I can bring you more interesting content. Whether I succeed or fail is a different story. That’s just how it goes though. Expectations will only disappoint you, so keep an open mind and let life surprise you! That’s my wisdom for the day. Now go out there and live your life to the fullest, my lovelies!