the castle is wearing a new hat.

You know what this is?

New Roof 003

New Roof 002

New Roof 001

Officially, this is a new Sarnafil PVC membrane roof crowning Castle Frostbite since today.  Super-tough, seamless, waterproof, laid on top of one-inch insulation mats.

Unofficially, this is a thousand $20 bills, glued together in the shape of a roof.

Between the new roof, the new pellet stove, and the four tons of pellets parked in front of the garage, it looks like we’ll at least be warm and dry this winter as we eat our PB&Js and Ramen Noodles.

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18 thoughts on “the castle is wearing a new hat.

  1. Jay G. says:

    But you’ll be DRY eating that Ramen…

    You’re still coming on the 2nd, right? I’ll even spot you ammo if that’ll help seal the deal… ;)

    • Marko says:

      Yeah, I’ll be there. The new Steyr needs its legs stretched a bit, and I have plenty of .38 Special that wants to be converted into brass for the wheelguns.

      • T.Stahl says:

        BTW, I still haven’t found mags. My friendly dealer can’t get them, so I’ll try through official Steyr dealers.

        Damn, why didn’t you just get a Glock? ;-)

  2. MarkHB says:

    Looky that. It’s like making the effort to change things, and being willing to pay for that change can actually make things better.

    Astonishing. I may have to make a note in my memorandum-book.

    • Marko says:

      We picked white because it matches the trim, and because it was the cheapest color. The Gaia shit is just a fringe benefit.

  3. ChrisB says:

    Any luck on your lawsuit?

    Also, seeing how her career is going nowhere fast, when do you think Lindsey Lohan will make the move towards hardcore porn?

  4. MarkHB says:

    Oh, man, you should *totally* fit solar panels on the new roof! That would completely, like, fill your hot tanks and stuff!*

    *those people who can so simple math are excused from reading the above paragraph.

  5. Weer'd Beard says:

    mmm, PBJ and Ramen! Wash that down with some Old Crow and some Newport Mint Cigarettes and you’ll have 100% of your essential vitamins and minerals!

    Honest Injun!

  6. MarkHB says:

    Well, it doesn’t really matter who says it, or how.

    You find yourself short, you call me and we’ll fill you up. Otherwise what does “Friend” mean?

    Got your back, Wingie.

  7. Isaiah Kellogg says:

    What are you going to use to cover the PVC? PVC is degraded by UV light fairly quickly. Unless you want your $20,000 roof to turn to dust in 5-8 years, I assume there will be a coat of tar or something over it?

    • Marko says:

      Well, they warrantied that roof for thirty years, so I’m going to go ahead and guess that whatever thermoplastics they use are UV-resistant.

      • Dr. Feelgood says:

        Sarnafil membranes are surface-impregnated with titanium dioxide to reflect UV. They’re also tested to withstand 10,000 hours of direct exposure.

      • Isaiah Kellogg says:

        I assumed so, I just didn’t see it mentioned in the blog. I’m an engineer, I can’t help but wonder about those things. TiO2 works great for that.

  8. 20 large for a roof? I’m curious why so much? What are the benefits of the membrane vs. shingles or metal (besides the no seams/joints/etc. to leak) that can justify that sort of money?

    Asked by the guy who spent 4 on a 30 year shingle roof a couple of years back, complete with tear off and some decking repairs, who is wondering if he missed something….

    • Marko says:

      Low-pitch roof (nearly flat in the back half of the house), combined with cold and snowy New England winters, means that anything less will eventually leak. The thermoplastic membrane is the only option that’s seamless and 100% watertight. It’s also more or less maintenance-free.

  9. Louise Townsend says:

    whatever they have to say, I having seen personally what was on that roof and knowing how damned hard it is to shovel off ANY kind of roof during a New England heavy snow fall,
    you have made the right decision.
    Now…
    on to clearing out the inside moldy bits and on to new and improved dry wall!
    Yippee!

  10. color white was so nice for that trim,, it is so great for me.

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