that’s in pesos, right?

Looks like Castle Frostbite is about to get the new roof it needs.  We just got the definite quote from the (highly recommended) roofer we’ve tasked with the job, and work will commence as soon as it gets a little warmer.

We’re getting a rubber roof, which is the only solution that’s suitable for our low-pitch roof.  It’ll be a Sarnafil thermoplastic roof with an inch of insulation underneath.  They’ll also redo our cracked chimneys while they’re at it, and then replace the interior ceilings that have been damaged by the leaks.

Total price tag: nineteen thousand dollars.  Whee!

I can think of a lot of things I’d rather buy with that money than a roof that should have been watertight when we bought the joint a year and a half ago, but we don’t really have a choice.  I don’t think I can live through another winter with towels and water buckets in various spots all over the house.

Besides, might as well spend it while the dollar is still worth something, right?  I mean, the way things are going, we’ll all be billionaires in ten years, and grocery prices will be marked in scientific notation.

12 thoughts on “that’s in pesos, right?

  1. Jay G. says:

    Ouch. Sorry to hear that, Marko.

    I’d offer to come up and do it for half that price except for one small problem: I don’t know the first thing about roofing…

  2. perlhaqr says:

    Whoof. Holy crap dude.

    Yeah, owning a house can be a real kick in the nads sometimes.

  3. Tam says:

    But just think… when you’re done, you’ll have a roof!

  4. aczarnowski says:

    Even with the stuff we’ve been through in our unique fixer upper opportunity, that’s a staggering boot to the head Marko.

    Ah, home ownership. Kinda like icebergs, you only see the top 10% until you ram them. Those encounters also sharing the cold, the dark and the rain now that I think about it…

  5. Eric says:

    Rubber roof, eh? Don’t tell the kids as they’ll think they can bounce on it!

  6. Matt in Portland says:

    Ouch, maybe you should ask The O for a bailout. I hate expensive problems.

  7. mw, if that’s the same rubber membrane roof that is used on many commercial applications (aka torchdown), it involves large torches (hence the name) being used to essentially melt the layers together. great roof, lasts forever, had one done on a semi-flat store building in ’87 that is still going strong…

    but when i was shopping for a contractor, several wouldn’t do it due to the inherent liability; it requires a higher liability insurance coverage, and of course specialized skill. while i’m sure your contractor is up to the task and has the proper coverage, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to relocate some of your irreplaceables for the duration of the job?

    good luck with it. shit, used to be for seventeen large you could just drag a big ol’ brand new doublewide up there…garden tub, faux wood paneling, banjo-pickin’ porch, and lots of color combinations to choose from. ;o)

    jtc

  8. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Not torchdown (modified bitumen), or even rubber (EPDM) for that matter. Sarnafil is a PVC membrane. I’ve heard good things about it. Nice choice–it should last a long while, provided the installation is up to par.

  9. Larry says:

    The East Broad Top Railroad put rubber roofs on their 100+ year old passenger cars, it seems to be working well for them. I don’t know if it’s the same stuff or not.

  10. Phil-Z says:

    Maybe a silly question, but what prevents you from putting up a sloped roof? You would even have room for real insulation under it.

  11. Marko says:

    Phil,

    the way the place has been put together (it started out as a hunting cabin, and was expanded in stages) makes a different slope impractical. The roof is basically four sections with as many different degrees of pitch, and building it up to achieve a uniform pitch would mean adding ten feet to the peak, and then having forty-foot runoffs on either side. A rubber roof is expensive, but the masonry and woodwork required for a steeper pitch would cost even more, and be less effective.

  12. […] Quote of the Day – Inflation Edition Besides, might as well spend it while the dollar is still worth something, right?  I mean, the way things are going, we’ll all be billionaires in ten years, and grocery prices will be marked in scientific notation. – Marko […]

Comments are closed.