While that is a quote from President John F. Kennedy’s January 11, 1962 State of the Union address it became real here at Cliftoria today. There was a shining sun set in blue skies when the roofers appeared this morning and set to work.
The top bathroom’s roof has been replaced with new corrugated iron. This is very exciting because we are quite sure that with this roof repair we will no longer have any leaks from the main roof. We can now start work on the fallen ceilings below. However, first we will need to find the money to do the ceiling work. At the very least it will no longer get any worse.
The old galvanised iron is quite rusty and had bowed in the centre allowing water to pool on the roof instead of running off. It had rusted through in places and been ‘repaired’ with some sort of duct tape. The tape may have worked as a repair for a while but had given up working who knows how many years ago. It is no wonder that it was leaking so much.
Also the short piece of gutter and very long down pipe on the west side of the house have also been renewed.
I cannot begin to say how much better I feel now that this work is complete. With every big rainfall we could hear the dripping of water into various containers set out in the two ceiling damaged rooms. I have been worried about water getting down from the first floor rooms and into the two rooms below on the ground floor. That would have increased the damage a lot. I have not been able to find any evidence that was happening so we may be lucky and the damage is confined to what we know about. We are waiting now for the next big storm to see if this work has finally solved our main roof problems. I’m pretty confident that it will be fine.