Food, clothing as well as a roof over your head most would concur are fundamental 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 stated, looking up from the kitchen dining table to a brownish splotch forming on the white ceiling.
DC followed my glance to the newer, saucer-sized water stain and stated something I cannot reproduce in a family newspaper.
And the mobile calls began. Two assessments, one insurance claim and four roofing estimates confirmed:
This was not a patch task. We needed a whole brand new roof.
Insurance would cover the interior damage (drywall and paint) but the roofing was on us, which was fair although unfortunate.
Given the cost, we pretty much would not be able to take a vacation again until humans reside on Mars.
The roofers’ estimates were all close in cost and established that we weren’t acquiring 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 yard.
Cue “Taps” on the bugle.
However, if I must be grown up about this, which I resent, the roof information 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 great years left. Asphalt shingle roofing systems in Florida’s hot, humid, hurricane-ridden climate typically last 15 to 20 years. Ours had been broiling now for 16.
My partner and I looked for the sterling silver tarp in all this. “Maybe we can improve our home’s curb appeal,” I said to DC ideally. “I mean, we could get something besides boring gray asphalt shingles.”
DC didn’t answer. He was too busy looking 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 investigated my choices.
The roofers were consentaneous in their opinion: Stick with concrete shingles.
The most common 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 heavy; many homes (including ours) aren’t built to support them. Wood shingles, a great fit for ranch or rustic homes, can develop algae in moist climates.
Though I couldn’t mix the type of shingle, I could still mix the color. I surveyed the sample board’s 18 choices to see what might best top 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 sensed my knees giving way and called my brother.