Need A New Roof
August 6, 2012 1:26 PM Subscribe
Tell me what I need to know about replacing a roof myself, versus the cost of having someone else do it for me.
posted by AzraelBrown to home & garden (22 answers total)
Wifey and I bought a house to renovate, really cheap and neglected but "good bones", so to speak. We're taking down the plaster and lathe, and after a recent really heavy rainfall we found evidence behind the walls of some slight seepage through the roof. The shingles are clearly, like, 50 years old -- there's really not much to them anymore, they're delaminating. It's a wonder they keep out as much water as they do. But, it's a sign we need to get the roof done sooner than later, before we put up new insulation and drywall to just get wet the next time there's a storm.
Now, I'm a very handy guy, but this is a 2-story house with a steep roof, very Victorian, and about 1500 square feet of roof, and I've never done a full roof replace (done repairs though), so I'm a bit intimidated. But, I've examined the roof from underneath, and the sheathing is in good shape, so it's pretty much just new tarpaper, membrane, shingles, and I want to put in some new vents.
My problem is: materials are going to be about $150 a square, which is manageable, but everyone's quoting me at least that much, if not more, in labor, which is a bit more than we can afford at this time. This is an uninhabitable house at the moment, so we can't mortgage it (not that my credit is all that great), and we're trying to do as much in cash as we can anyways.
So, tell me, what can I expect if I try to do this myself, with a few friends to help? How do we keep from falling off, as opposed to ranch/rambler roofs I've been on before that are low in both height and pitch? Are those fancy safety harnesses cheap/easy/rentable? Is there anything majorly different about an old steep roof I need to watch out for? Thanks much!