It has been incredibly windy in the windy city lately, and a huge portion of our roof has flapped up.
Wednesday night as I was getting into bed, I noticed that the bed was wet. At first I thought one of the cats had peed on the bed and I was pretty upset. Brandon thought the area was too large to be from the cats, and when he looked up he noticed that water had streaked the light fixture. Then I noticed the trail of bubbling paint along the ceiling and the four inches of water inside the globe of the light fixture (which no longer works, by the way). Great. Our roof is leaking.
We called a few roofers out to assess the damage, and it looks like we’ll be replacing the entire flat roof on our home’s aging addition. The wood beneath the shingles is in poor condition, so that will need to be replaced as well.
While we’re at it, we’ll be switching our dark, energy-absorbing roof to a cool, heat-reflecting, more earth-friendly white roof. Honestly, I’m not crazy about the look of a white roof. That portion of the roof is difficult to see from most angles though, and it seems that a “cool roof” is the responsible thing to do. Lemonade from lemons, eh?