Sunday, February 24, 2013

Roof On!

This is the view of the back of my house from on top of my shop roof.
My roof is finished! Brand New 30 year roof, any color I wanted as long as it's black!

I got the recommended three estimates and that was an interesting process.  In years past I have been on the other end of this process, one of those giving out the bids.  This time I was receiving them.  I knew because 25 years ago I put the roof on myself, that it takes 27 squares and one bundle to complete my roof.  Two of the estimates said I had 30 squares, that is a ten percent overage!
The low bid was Steve Williams Homes, LLC and I found him honest and likable.  He bid the job at $5,551 and the highest bid was for $7,100.  I took Steve's bid but raised it to an even $6,000
and he was a bit surprised by that.  He repaired a little rot in
the sheathing and replaced some downspouts without charging me extra.
So it was a fair deal all along.  He had a great crew and they
were in and out in 4 days, leaving a clean job site.

It is inspiring to have this new roof.  I am already replacing some
wooden railings on a back deck and look forward to painting my house
this summer.
Moss is the destroyer of roofs in Oregon 

It is still only February but I have already planted Snow Peas
and the greenhouse is clean and ready for tomatoes next
month.  It is going to be a great summer!


                                                                                          

6 comments:

Graciewilde said...

I'm glad you can celebrate a new roof. I have a hard time with that as a roof is just not something that I can be jazzed about throwing $8000 at (as we did the last time, about 5 years ago). Obviously, I am glad for a strong roof when it is pouring rain, but I would like to spend that $8000 on something fun! Maybe a trip to New Zealand? or a re-landscaped yard!
and I like that you are ready for spring - me too! - though I haven't had the time to play in the garden yet....

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats on the new roof! Your hard work has paid off. It's going to be a great summer indeed sir.

Barbra Joan said...

Hooray! what could be better than a new roof? I tell ya Jerry, only you and me could be so positive about something as mundane as a new roof..
I'm so glad your perfect summer is coming, I know how you love those plantings and I remember last year wasn't so great. but this year? gonna be terrific!!!!BJ

rama said...

Congrats!
Money well spent. Look forward to a lovely summer.

Clipped Wings said...

Glad to see the project ended with you so happy. Hopefully this year's weather will make your new plants happier also.

Soo Eaton said...

Congratulations! Having a new roof is really amazing! You'll never have to worry about water leaks, moisture and pests from living in your place. However, that doesn't mean that you get to be complacent with your new roof. It can still be damaged by falling debris and storms. Debris can also stuck inside the gutter, so you should have it cleaned at least once a month.