Post by kerouac2 on Nov 3, 2018 9:26:32 GMT
It had been under discussion for years, but we finally took the plunge in my building. Our zinc roof was pretty much leaking everywhere and was well overdue for replacement. Nobody seems to know how old the current roof is, but I would suspect that it dates from the 1930's or 40's. Reading up on zinc roofs, I saw that their lifespan is a minimum of 50 years and a maximum of 100. They are also among the most expensive to install. However, we had no choice because municipal regulations require that the same roofing material be used in the case of any building that already has a zinc roof. Paris has applied for Unesco World Heritage status for its zinc roofs (this may take years, if it ever happens), so proper upkeep is essential. We were hoping for the work to be done in June-July because of good weather. Well, that didn't happen, so then we hoped for August-September. One reason for the delay was that work could not start until at least 50% of the full cost had been received from the various owners. That bascially made us a hostage of the bank downstairs which owns about 45% of the building. And of course being "downstairs" means "no roof problems." Anyway, the company finally go the money and we were told that work would begin in the last week of October. The whole process takes about 2 months.
On October 16th, they began to deliver the scaffolding. Putting up and taking down the scaffolding is almost half of the work.
A lot of the scaffolding is not just to make a jungle gym for the workers to scamper around, but also lots of protection for the people below. Even the pillars must be covered so that people don't rip their clothing.
And then it was time to start the nasty stuff.