how bad is my roof?
August 20, 2007 4:47 PM Subscribe
How bad is my roof?
posted by Salvatorparadise to Home & Garden (15 answers total)
Hi folks, I finally decided to go on up and have a close look at my roof in the attic. I knew full well that the old shingles, which have begun to lift slightly are in need of replacement. I also knew there was a bad hail storm last year just before i bought the place, but the owner wouldn't get the insurance co to fix it cause he was in a hurry to move and sell. I did get him to give me $600 cash, which was good! Anyway, i knew there was some cracking up there in the wood, and a couple spots even where wood at been really cracked, either from age, the last roofing job 12 years ago, hail, dry wood or a combination of all of that. Anyway, during the winter i got a little bit of water running down the side of my brick furnace chimney and showing up in the basement....so i knew the time was coming to fix! during heavy rain today i went up to look again to see how things are doing, looked dry, but i pushed gently on one busted area (stupid thing to do) and a little drip developed. At first i thought i caused it but pulled insulation away on the floor showed it has been dripping for a bit in the heavy rains of late. Very slow drip, never came through the ceiling and appears to evaporate before causing any real trouble (except in winter, apparently, when it begins to drip down the roof).
SO i'm going to bite the bullet and get this roof redone, I know I need new shingles, but i wonder how much worse this will be. Clearly, the area around the chimney is pretty rotted, and soft, looks like bad flashing etc have caused some leaking up ther over the years, need new sheathing there. then, in a few other area the old dry wood appears to have little cracks in it in various places. Not all of it, not even most of it, just pieces of sheathing here and there with cracks. Also, there are some slight cracks in a few rafters, it looks like just dryness and age. I have included photos.
What i am really wondering is how bad this is, i wonder if he's going to want to pull every piece of sheathing with even small cracks, and the same with rafters with tiny cracks. I understand the bad bad wood has to go.
I don't have much cash, and luckily my house is very very small, and my house is tiny! Roof sq footage is 900. Thank heavens!
So can anyone look at these pics, let me know the kind of costs they charge for replacing wood up there? Or do they just put flat particle board down over top? I really hope i don't have to spend too too much!
Also: he says he can come and do an estimate from the outside, even though I told him there is some bad wood. I want a few estimates so I don't want someone up there doing the kind of testing that would cause further damage. How do they estimate from the outside? He even said i don't need to be home!
i couldn't figure out how to make these links hot, so i'll paste them in, these are the pics