Monday, July 11, 2011

let's play a horrible game!

Guess which one of your favorite homesteading bloggers needs a new roof?!?!

41 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

What is wrong with your roof? To many leaks or the shingles start to crumble?

July 11, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

Oh no...no chance, I suppose, of patching it up and making it work a little bit longer? :(

July 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

The roof should have been covered in your home inspection. A bad roof can not be considered a "whoops.... guess I missed that."

On the other hand, an old roof is like an old car, there's a lot you can do to nurse it along. If push comes to shove, one of those blue tarps that cover an entire house is about $75.00. Not to worry Jenna. Roofing is fun!

July 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

On the bright side, if you have to tear off the old roof, it's much easier to add insulation to the attic. Don't worry!!!! This too will pass.

July 11, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It's not the whole roof, it's a section in the back over the kitchen. I'd say 1/4 of the roof needs to be replaced. I am calling my insurance guy tomorrow. I pay over a grand a year to be insured, this is why, right?!

July 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Oh, no! I sympathize. The house I bought two years ago needs major structural repairs, costing about 25% of the total cost of the house. Structural inspection completely missed it, and there's no legal recourse - it's just an "opinion," and not a guarantee. Hopefully, yours won't cost much, and insurance will cover it.

July 11, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Oh no, that sucks!

July 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger - said...

Just be prepared in the event your insurance doesn't cover it. Was it storm/weather-related? A fallen tree? Etc? If not, I'm not sure homeowners covers a roof just because it's "old." If yours does though, I'd love to know what kind of coverage you have!

July 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

No way Jenna—not good! I would think insurance would cover it if it’s due to nature like blown off shingles or such—and technically what roof decay isn’t? Best of luck with your insurance inquiries tomorrow.

July 11, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

It also depends on your deductible. If your roof is damaged by hail or bad weather, your insurance company may cover it. Get at least two estimates.

July 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I would rather play Hungry Hungry Hippos

July 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

At least you found this out before the rain season or winter.

July 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Cottage Times said...

I somehow turned you into a hard person to pick a book for. I imaging you have every "How To" and I finally picked a book that I thought would be perfect...I think I'll find one more for the package on basic roof repair!

The good news is...it's not rocket science and there are no pipes or electrical wiring to mess up. I bet you could do it with a little help before winter sets in.

July 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

I doubt that your leak is from a "bad" roof. Check your plumbing vents and if necessary use roll on roof coating to make a repair. Anyway that is what I did.

Also, a big deductible is cheaper than a low deductible and a regional company is generally cheaper than the big boys that advertise on television, my advice is to shop insurance like you are buying a new pony.

July 11, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

get several estimates before you decide (Angie's List might be a good investment here).

I'm sorry that you need to spend money here, instead of on your wood stove installation. Good luck Jenna!

July 11, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Irma said...

Oh good God, not a ROOF... Oh Jenna, I feel your pain, we went through the exact same thing last year. There are no words to describe the terrpr and utter despair that come with that pronouncement.

I wish you nothing but good things, and a lottery score to boot.

July 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Joshua Tolley said...

I bet it's me... Oh, wait, my blog isn't a favorite :) I'm seriously considering thatching our shed roof, which is in dire need. For the house, though, I think it's another set of shingle patches.

July 12, 2011 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

We had a hail storm move through last year and took the opportunity to upgrade our roof to good quality metal, thanks to the insurance payout. Now we still have to figure out what to do for siding. Good luck, Jenna.

July 12, 2011 at 1:09 AM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

OH NO!!!!!

July 12, 2011 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Ooooooooh, no! Any chance you could barter for it? Or get a work day going with some of your loyal readers? Wish I was closer, I'd come help!

July 12, 2011 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger PansWife said...

Becca, the best siding is Hardi Board.

Jeanna, Insurance is not going to cover it unless it was storm related. Even if it is covered by insurance they will raise your rates so they get paid back in 3-5 years. Ask around for a good roofer and get it done right so you don't have to be patching it in a snow storm in January. A roof protects all your other stuff and is an investment.

July 12, 2011 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger PansWife said...

Oops, the should be spelled Hardie Board, as in James Hardie.

July 12, 2011 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Burk said...

I know I don't post a lot, but I read everything. One thing I have learned you are one of the most resilient people I am aware of. You got this.

July 12, 2011 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

So what makes you think the roof needs replacing? If you haven't had damage to it in the last year, it is essentially the same roof the building inspector passed on. Of course trying to recoup compensation there would involve attorneys. Your homeowners is not going to cover normal wear and aging. If you have a leak caulk around anyplace where there is an intrusion into the integrity ie stink pipe or old chimney. If only 1/4 of it needs replacing that won't be horribly expensive. If it all needs replacement, I would go with metal if you can afford it. Get prices from your local carpenter and the big box stores. You can always slather a bucket of roofing tar over the offending area and start saving for the big job.

July 12, 2011 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Ouch, do I sense your wallet getting smaller? Just when things seemed to be going better for you. I have been there, done that where new shingles are concerned.

July 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

If there is something majorly wrong with it that the inspector should have caught, call him (her, whatever) and explain the problem. Bad word of mouth could be bad for his business. If it's just something like slipping shingles or something minor, definitely try to repair it yourself (or with friends) first. We had two storms that dumped over 2' of snow each within a week of each other last winter, and that pulled down a 4x4 area of shingles on our roof because they weren't installed properly. Hubby and FIL got up there and used roofing tar or undercoating or something (black and tarry is all I know) and painted that section and re-nailed the singles up there. It is still holding just fine. We know we'll need a roof in the next few years, but we're going to limp along until we can save up enough money!

July 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Bummer! Here's hoping for an easy, cheap solution, and a quick one at that!

July 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger steak and eggs said...

Hopefully the insurance company will cover the roof. Years back we had a older roof on the home we lived in before we moved here. After several hail storms the roof was in need of repair. It sometime after the last storm we had the insurance people out and they covered the roof. Since we had such a bad winter it could be the roof could still be winter storm related.

July 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
OpenID kragore said...

Like others have said, a blue tarp and a bucket of roofing tar go a long way. :( We've been limping our barn along with it for the last 30+ years... Not the best solution in the world, but it's better than continued indoor damage.

July 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger the woolen cellar said...

Jenna: Any chance you could share your bread recipe? It looks awesome! I so enjoy your blog. I have been following you for a couple of years and anticipate your posts each day. You are amazing!

July 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger the woolen cellar said...

Jenna: Any chance you could share your bread recipe? It looks awesome and I'd love to try it. I am a long time reader and look forward to all of your posts.

July 12, 2011 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger jim said...

jenna-lots of good comments here but hopefully you will throughly investigate the prob to understand the severity before you panic. I agree, check around pipes etc that penetrate it. if it truly is bad then do your homework and get estimates. Roofing is not rocket science and if you can get some of that young muscle together, it can be done rather quickly. I for one like metal roofs due to longevity but standard shingles are a bit cheaper- this just goes with home ownership and thats an investment so take care of it.

July 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger JLP said...

Hang in there! Hoping for a dry and inexpensive solution this roof problem!!

July 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
OpenID sissyjane said...

I don't think insurance covers an old roof...
We had to replace ours about two years after we moved into this house. One of the joys of home ownership, and not renting.

July 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger E said...

Was there no home inspection prior to your purchase?

July 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

I, for one, do like a metal roof. Once you put one of those on you'll never get on your roof again. I don't know the pitch of your roof so maybe that's not a big deal but I like to have access to roof of a house.

Also, as a volunteer fireman in a small rural town without a ladder truck, a metal roof is a disaster. Something as simple as a chimney fire gets all that more difficult with a metal roof. In the event of an interior fire, they hold in the heat and flames that would normally burn through a wood roof creating a hotter more damaging fire.

If it's a small area and you have asphalt shingles, just patch in some new ones - they are simple to work with. If it's slate, get a professional - it's worth it in the long run.

If it's the underlying sub-roof and rafters, then that's a substantial job. Any professional would do it anyway, but make sure whoever does the work checks for rot/critters inside the house.

July 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

what are the determining factors towards needing a new roof? or portion of a roof?

consider it an opportunity to increase the value of your house.

also, when the roof is fixed/replaced see if there is any material you could salvage to put towards repairs of your run in or barn.

July 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Yuck. Be sure to get references if you do have to get your roof replaced. How come the inspector didn't catch this? Well, if its not one thing its 62. Sorry...

July 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

Yikes! Hope you can get it fixed while the weather's still nice.

July 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Ohhhhh, crap. I'm sorry.

July 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Catrina said...

Wish I lived closer to give you a helping hand! By the way, I just finished reading an advanced copy of your upcoming book 'Barnheart' and I loved it! Reading your books gives me hope for my own future homestead and a renewed energy for all things sustainable! Good luck with the roof and best wishes.

July 14, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

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