Despite having many many issues and causing me a couple years of annoyances, the deck/roof have finally come to a point where they must be fixed and finished. The deck is now powerwashed, but before it can be stained and sealed, it must be ripped apart (yes…again) to fix the leaky roof. I hate doing it since it allows the boards to warp and it is the main avenue to enter the house. Actually, it is the only avenue to enter the house. Luckily, I’m looking at the bright side and focusing on the stain we chose and how good it will look on the deck when we finish.

So, onward with progress. Here is the deck in all its glory before being ripped apart.



After about an hour and thirty minutes, I had most of the boards undone and moved out of the way. One thing I noticed was that the support board closest to the door was actually touching the roof. So, when it rained, the water would collect behind this board and basically create a puddle before leaking downstairs. I guess that is a problem…


You can see that the water has not helped the roof and it has been collecting crap over the past year.


This side was even worse and everything was cracked and definitely allowing water to leak down below.


I called the roofer out and had him begin installing the roof and fixing the leaking roof. We decided to replaced the entire roof (actually place metal on top B of shingled roof) B since the shingle roof was a shingle too short all around and was causing leaks into the attic. Rather than add one row of shingles all around, we just changed the entire roof. Much smarter.


While the roof was being done, I went around and focused on the trim and caulk that needed to be done. The entire house needed a contractors pack (12 pack) of caulk to get everything sealed like it should be. I also had to install some soffit boards to cover up the OSB that has been there for years.



I installed the trim on the corner and caulked all around. Since the walls aren’t straight and neither is any other part of the structure of the house, I had to be creative with the trim and their gaps.


Here is the new soffit board installed. I screwed it up and then caulk all around to get a good seal.


Under the roof/deck there was another spot where the previous owner either gave up (most likely) or didn’t care. I had another opening, missing hardiboard, and there was vinyl where there should be hardiboad. No problem, I made it like it should have been….eventually.



I went through about 3 tubes of caulk to seal this area up. Another spot where the previous owner used vinyl when he should have used hardiboard.


I also reinstalled and caulked the old interior corner trim. It doesn’t go low enough, but you honestly can’t see it that well. If you see it, don’t mention it to me.


The previous owner installed trim boards under the roof and soffit so I continued that around the entire 10×10 structure. I hope it ends up looking better.




Here is where I bandaided successfully. The trim is up, with lots of caulk, and should keep the structure sealed and looking good for a while.


Again, more interior trim. Trying to tie everything together and make everything look like it was done when the house was built. It is tough, but it is slowly coming together.


The soffit piece underneath got a ton of caulk and was then ready for paint.


This is where I finished for the day. All of the trim was installed, everything was caulked, and I think we are ready for the rest of the paint……hopefully.



All in all, the house is coming together and will soon be looking like a normal house that normal people redid. We shall see when the end product is complete. When will that be? If I don’t even know, you don’t get to know…