Food, clothing as well as a roof over your head most would concur are basic needs. We’re two out of three at our home. The soggy realization that our roof was kaput soaked in a few weeks ago.
“Uhhh, Honey?” I said, looking up from the kitchen dining table toward a brown splotch forming on the white ceiling.
DC followed my glance to the new, saucer-sized water stain and said something I cannot print in a family newspaper.
And the phone calls began. Two inspections, one insurance claim and four roofing quotes confirmed:
This was not a patch task. We needed a whole brand new roof.
Insurance coverage would cover the interior harm (drywall and paint) but the roofing was on us, which was fair though unfortunate.
Given the cost, we pretty a lot would not be able to take a vacation again until humans live on Mars.
The roofers’ quotes were all close in cost and established that we weren’t getting out of this for less than the cost of a Honda Civic, a nice wedding or 35,568 cans of soup, which is what we’ll be eating. We won’t even talk about my dashed dream of new fall landscaping for the backyard.
Cue “Taps” on the bugle.
However, if I must be developed up about this, which I resent, the roof news wasn’t a complete surprise. When we bought the happier yellow home two years ago, the home inspector said the roof had only a few good years left. Asphalt shingle roofs in Florida’s hot, humid, hurricane-ridden climate typically last 15 to twenty years. Ours had been broiling now for 16.
My partner and I looked for the silver tarp in all this. “Maybe we can improve our home’s curb appeal,” I said to DC hopefully. “I mean, we could get something besides boring gray asphalt shingles.”
DC didn’t answer. He was too busy staring into his Scotch trying to find definition in the ice cubes.
As the fresh wet ceiling ring swelled over my head like a cloud of doom, I examined my choices.
The roofers were consentaneous in their opinion: Stick with concrete shingles.
The most popular roofing material in the United States, asphalt tiles are economical, practical and work together with a lot of traditional home styles. Tile, steel or slate roofs, though they last longer, cost a lot more and are hefty; many homes (including ours) aren’t built to support them. Wood shingles, a good fit for ranch or rustic homes, can develop algae in moist climates.
Though I couldn’t mix the type of shake, I could still mix the color. I surveyed the sample board’s 18 choices to see what may best number one off our home. The many grays ranged in value from mist white to charcoal black. In between were bold color choices like atlantic blue, hunter green and cottage red. Hmmm. I felt my knees providing way and called my brother.