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Today we are enjoying one of the nightmares of home ownership, as we are having our roof replaced. This is costing a small fortune that could be better put to use on things like staving off homelessness or starvation, but apparently it was at the point where it was going to become a problem (as it is, we find random shingles on our lawn on a daily basis). It's just such an unsatisfying expenditure: We have no leaks, and we don't really see the roof in its current state, and will not see it in its new state either, so we just have to take comfort in knowing that it won't be a problem going forward. And that the guy who owns the roofing company is enjoying his swimming pool.

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19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2013, 23:09 Ant
 
Hoop wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 16:58:
Get a satalitte picture of your new roof & it set it as wallpaper on all your devices.
Pay some kid with an RC helicopter & camera attached to buzz the roof taking photos then decorate the house with huge framed shots.
Make christmas cards from said photos from & send them off to family & friends.
Throw one of his dogs up there with a camera.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2013, 23:08 Ant
 
I remember when my old house's shingle wood roof needed to be replaced (could see light holes like stars at night). Dang, it was messy. I was glad I was in school to avoid that. However, it messed up my ant nests in the garage.  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 18:22 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 16:56:
Surely science has to be more advanced by now than slate or tar paper and asphalt shingles. What about some kind of polyurethane sealant that would make it not only waterproof but would aid in rain and snow sliding off the roof. At least a spray on roof would be way faster and cheaper. If there isn't someone needs to kick some scientists in the ass and get them working on it!
Yeah, they went back to sealed metal slatting roofs.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 16:58 Hoop
 
Get a satalitte picture of your new roof & it set it as wallpaper on all your devices.
Pay some kid with an RC helicopter & camera attached to buzz the roof taking photos then decorate the house with huge framed shots.
Make christmas cards from said photos from & send them off to family & friends.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 16:56 Cutter
 
Enahs wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 14:24:
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 13:44:

I've always wondered if there was a better way to build roofs on standard homes as to preclude maintenance entirely or minimize if for extreme periods. It's always seemed to me that the roofing industry does its best to ensure that they're never out of work.

If you do not live in the north where you get water that freezes and damages roofs, or on the coast where you have hurricanes and sideways water, i.e. in the south, or central region of the US, roofs can easily last 30-40 years if you use good quality material and it is installed correctly.

Surely science has to be more advanced by now than slate or tar paper and asphalt shingles. What about some kind of polyurethane sealant that would make it not only waterproof but would aid in rain and snow sliding off the roof. At least a spray on roof would be way faster and cheaper. If there isn't someone needs to kick some scientists in the ass and get them working on it!
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 16:15 Cabezone
 
Apartment living is highly variable depending on where you're living. I've been at my current apartment for 5+ years now and it's mostly excellent. I have washer/dryer hookups, thick walls so I never hear my neighbors, unless there's a weekend party going on or something. It's mostly young families in my complex so it's pretty quite.

As opposed to my friends in the SF Bay area who mostly hate their apartments.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 15:44 Armengar
 
TThey do if you have accidental damage covering diy whilst you were up scaffolding repairing guttering.if you happen to cause lots of damage to the roof (which wasnt in great condition) then yes, insurance does pay out.

At least in the uk it did...
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 14:24 Enahs
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 13:44:

I've always wondered if there was a better way to build roofs on standard homes as to preclude maintenance entirely or minimize if for extreme periods. It's always seemed to me that the roofing industry does its best to ensure that they're never out of work.

If you do not live in the north where you get water that freezes and damages roofs, or on the coast where you have hurricanes and sideways water, i.e. in the south, or central region of the US, roofs can easily last 30-40 years if you use good quality material and it is installed correctly.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 14:21 Enahs
 
Blue, it is quite possible your home owners insurance will pay for it, or pay for part of it. It protects them from having to pay out large claim fees in the event of major water damage.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 14:17 jdreyer
 
If anyone has seen The Conjuring, here's an interesting interview with the author of the book. The author is one of the children who lived through the actual events. It's funny that she says they had to tone down the movie from the actual events in the book, and it's still one of the scariest movies of the year.  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 13:44 Cutter
 
Growing up I always lived in apartments in houses, generally basement but a nice top floor score from time to time. I've always hated apartment buildings, hated them! The noise, the smells, the lack of privacy, being surrounded by swine! It's like serving a sentence. Same reason I'd never buy a condo or a townhome. There are always better and cheaper alternatives. Getting some land throwing up a micro-home or alternative housing - no roofing and other assorted standard home issues. Doing a live aboard on a boat. Right now I'm deciding between the two what's going to be more feasible and fun, but I'm pretty good either way.

I've always wondered if there was a better way to build roofs on standard homes as to preclude maintenance entirely or minimize if for extreme periods. It's always seemed to me that the roofing industry does its best to ensure that they're never out of work.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 12:46 Agent.X7
 
Ugh, I feel your pain. We're trying to sell our house right now, but the roof only has a few years left and the agents we talked to want us to replace it. Sure, we'll dump 10s of thousands into a roof that will get us a zero net on return. Oh, yeah, no.

Speaking as a homeowner who has also replaced: The furnace (ouch), the entire attic insulation (SQUIRRELS!), basement carpet (backed up drains from the flood, sweet!), our entire front yard (used to be stepped down a steep embankment but the railroad ties rotted out, of course while we owned it). We also had to remove a hottub that some genius had sunk into the office floor with no ventilation or proper wiring/drainage.

I'd still own over renting though. It's kept me from murdering any neighbors.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 12:20 NegaDeath
 
Speaking as a renter while the lack of maintenance makes for some nice, lazy Sundays being surrounded by noisy tenants and the fact that I'm throwing my money away makes me want to move out as soon as I can. Unfortunately house prices have tripled here (in some cases quadrupled) in the last 5 years and that's put a delay in that plan.

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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 11:10 Verno
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 10:18:
Living in an apartment building does have its perks from time to time.

True but looking back I don't miss apartment living. Potentially noisy neighbors and other silly stuff to deal, harder to have social gatherings, shared laundry facilities are often annoying and so on. Having to mow the lawn and take out the garbage isn't so bad. The big house repairs are usually few and far between.

Not having to shovel snow is pretty nifty though.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 10:36 InBlack
 
Ok that Half-Life 2 gravity gun is lame....

But this:

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OMG MUST HAVE THIS HEADCRAB PILLOW! MUST. BUY. NOW!!!
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 10:29 SimplyMonk
 
Just bought a house two months ago and we are avidly awaiting such expenditures. It will be a race too see what can bankrupt us first. Some massive expense that the inspections didn't uncover or our two huskies dismantling the backyard and hitting a gas main or something.

Although, I guess there is a chance they could find buried treasure or oil. So here is hoping for that!
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 10:18 InBlack
 
Living in an apartment building does have its perks from time to time.  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 10:16 RoboNerd
 
Another nightmare, one we lived through last year, is replacing the sewer line from the house to the street. Necessary, but not really fulfilling. And to add to the fun, it was early January.  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2013, 09:33 nin
 
This is costing a small fortune that could be better put to use on things like staving off homelessness or starvation

Or full home AC.


It's just such an unsatisfying expenditure: We have no leaks

Yeah, but (obviously) you want it fixed before there's damage to anywhere in the house.

 
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