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Old    Cal (phenom_1819)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-11-2010, 9:30 AM Reply   
There is a tiny leak in the 15-20 year old cedar roof at a house that I rent out, it is very close to a skylight. Had an appraisal done yesterday... and was told the leak is a sign of a failing roof, and the entire thing needs to be replaced. Probably true. Price quote for a 30-year composite was $6500 for a house with a 1700 sq. foot footprint. $6500 bucks isn't in the cards for at least 5-6 months. Ceiling is already damaged, but the damage is minor...

That's the situation, here are my questions:
1) What would you do? Have the leak fixed now and hope it works... knowing that the entire roof will need to be replaced soon (could probably make it a year or so)... or just leave the leak alone until I can afford to replace it?
) Given I live in a working-class city with cheap labor, is this bid fair?

Thanks in advance, guys.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       02-11-2010, 9:36 AM Reply   
Fix the leak. $6500 for a shingle roof would be a decent price.
Old    Manzo (zo1)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-11-2010, 9:41 AM Reply   
Get some other opinions. If it is close to a skylight it could be bad flashing et al.
Old    Paul (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       02-11-2010, 9:43 AM Reply   
Get a second opinion from another company. let them know about the first.
Old    Cal (phenom_1819)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-11-2010, 9:52 AM Reply   
John, the quote was for a 30-year composite, not a shingle roof. Getting another opinion seems to be the consensus so far...
Old    TODD YOST (yodd_tost)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-11-2010, 12:22 PM Reply   
Where are you located. If it is in the seattle area I could come take a look. You can email me @ todd@tgarrettconstruction.com
Old    Cal (phenom_1819)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-11-2010, 12:41 PM Reply   
Thanks Todd, The house is actually in Yakima. Appreciate the offer though!
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       02-11-2010, 2:01 PM Reply   
Cal, I thought you were referring to composite shingles.
Old    Cal (phenom_1819)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-11-2010, 3:12 PM Reply   
Oh. I guess I was... just did a google image search. Sorry for the confusion... shows how little I know about the subject at hand. :-) Thanks John!
Old    dave allen (dave)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-11-2010, 4:30 PM Reply   
Get some other opinions. If it is close to a skylight it could be bad flashing et al.


+1. The average life span of a cedar shake roof is 30-40 years. Being close to a skylight makes that suspect from the get go. You might get lucky there and buy a little time. Is the roof decked or skip sheathed?
Old    Craig Glass (my_malibu)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-11-2010, 4:50 PM Reply   
I'm a journey man roofer
have the skylight re-flashed
looking at $400
or cheap way not preferred but take a tarp and staple it around the skylight until you can repair it
make sure to mark the shakes as you will have to replace them
Old    Jeremy (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-11-2010, 5:39 PM Reply   
"decked or skip sheathed"

He said sheathed.

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