Are there roof issues with this house

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Old 07-12-20, 05:03 PM
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Are there roof issues with this house

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I was looking at this house and it is one we are looking at possibly buying. When I am seeing it from the outside I was noticing some shadowing that i am wondering if it is something I should be concerned with? I don't yet know but would guess the shingles could be 20 years old as the home was built in 2000.

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Old 07-12-20, 07:36 PM
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Very interesting. A friend of mine's home is approx 20 years old and his roof looks the same. No nearby trees yet a lot of black shadowing like from tree sap. He's had a few nails pop up recently so he had the roofing company up there. They seemed to feel the roof was coming up for replacement.
 
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Old 07-12-20, 07:40 PM
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Its just mildew. More common on north facing slopes that get less direct sunlight... and more pronounced on older roofs since its cumulative. A 20 yr old roof is nearing end of life.
 
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Guessing the answer here varies on location but any idea what it costs roughly to shingle a roof like this with a similar shingle for example? Just wondering am i looking at $5000 or $40000
 
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Old 07-13-20, 05:47 AM
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Yes, it varies based on your location. You will need to get local estimates. We can't measure your roof. If you wanted a guess, $20,000 if the roof area is 5000 sq ft. But it depends on if you contact an actual roofer or if you get estimates from someone (who acts like a GC) who subcontracts to roofers and makes money off of the transaction. The type of shingles you get could easily double that, or more. For instance, DaVinci shingles usually range from $7-9 sq ft installed.
 
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Thanks for the response. So my best bet would be to try and find the actual roofer myself vs finding a GC to find the roofer?
 
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Old 07-13-20, 05:54 AM
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If you want the price to be lower, yes. About the only advantage of going thru a GC is that he "should be" using tried and true roofing subs. But some take the bottom of the barrel (cheapest can equal fastest and sloppiest) since they want to make the most $$$ off them.
 
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Old 07-13-20, 06:07 AM
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Got ya. There is a ton of construction where I am living today. Is there any harm in running over to a few crews as I see them out and get some information. I would assume they should be pretty reputable?
 
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Old 07-13-20, 06:12 AM
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Talking to someone doesnt cost anything, so go for it. Roofing crews will often jump at the chance to do a side job.

The place where most roofers will be lacking is the detail work. Like the 3 roof eave returns that you have on the front of the house. They will likely need new flashing and a scaffold erected to do them right. A lot of roofers would just roof right over the existing.
 
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Old 07-13-20, 07:18 AM
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Like the 3 roof eave returns that you have on the front of the house.
Is this the part in the very center of house about 2/3 of the way up from the ground? I am trying to understand what this is so that when it comes to doing this i can try and be sure they do it right. would it be assumed that if a scaffold is there they did it right? Otherwise I am not certain how i will confirm this
 
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Old 07-13-20, 08:24 AM
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Yes but it's a little hard for me to answer theoretical questions about what they "might or might not do". All you can to is talk about it with them and get everything in writing. I was just pointing out an area you will need to discuss.
 
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If you do buy this house, will you come back and let us know how the near-term need for replacement of the roof affected the sales price? I would assume you and any buyers agent will want to push this point so you do not pay full value for the house and have to turn around quickly and make a major investment in its maintenance.
 
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