Home Renovation #2 – The Roof

Get ready for part two of our home renovation – the roof!

Home Renovation Update #2 - The Roof

If you missed the first update to our home
renovation, you can find that here.

After tearing apart the bathroom and not being able to finish it due to waiting on the town, we decided to go ahead with the roof. Our old roof was shingled and I have no idea how old those shingles were. Over the last few years we had a lot of problems with leaks, and we kept a tarp over the back corner of our roof for a very long time just to keep the back room dry.

We battled back and forth on getting a whole new roof or a metal roof, which would just go right on top of our old roof. Several roofing companies were called for quotes, but only one showed up. He quoted us around $6,500 for a new roof. We didn’t have that kind of money.

Finally after some time we were blessed to have a guy tell us he would put on a new metal roof and we would only need to pay him for his time. We had to buy the materials, but we ended up with a metal roof for $2,387.80. That’s a whole lot better than $6,500!!

While the guy was working another job, we had to replace the rotted boards on the front of our house. After taking off the old board along the front (fascia), we could really see how bad it actually was.

Removing rotted boards
Taking all the boards off

We got all those boards off, plus tore off the old soffit underneath. It already looked a lot better after getting all those gross boards off. As we were pulling the boards off we happened to notice that the gutters on the right side of the house were only there for appearance. There wasn’t even a hole for the rain to go down into the gutter.

Boards are down

The boards along the top also had to be removed so some of those shingles had to come down.

Ripping off the front boards

After the boards were removed the house looked naked! It looked so funny with the boards gone!

Rotted boards are gone!

Finally after a couple of really hot days and some crazy rain storms we were able to replace all the boards, plus the fascia and soffit boards. We did all the cutting and hard work ourselves, except for putting on the roof. I thought we would die out there in that heat, and it wasn’t even summer yet! I was thankful when my husband needed to make a quick trip to Lowe’s so I could hog all the air conditioning.

Cutting the boards for the roof
Putting up new boards
Nice and new boards - home renovation
Laying the new roof
After - new metal roof! Home Renovation Update

Not too long after the roof was complete we had our gutters replaced. They look so much better and they actually work this time! The siding on the bottom right side of the house was also a mess, so we replaced that. Just two pieces of siding turned out to be a pain in the butt to replace.

I am so happy that the roof is finally done and we no longer have to worry about leaks. The next main project (most expensive) we have to get done is having the foundation fixed. It’s cracked and the basement leaks. It’s always something with an old house.

Stay tuned next week for another home renovation update!

By the way – the town still has not hooked us up to the sewer system yet. It’s beyond ridiculous at this point.

Thank you for sharing!

61 thoughts on “Home Renovation #2 – The Roof”

  1. Michelle, your roof looks amazing! I love the metal roof and it is so durable. Is that bar along the bottom edge to keep snow from sliding off? BTW, I love the color you chose.

      1. Ugh – I’m sure you’re happy about that! It’s just such a hassle and such a mess to deal with. I’m glad you’re getting it fixed! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, that’s exactly what the bar is for. πŸ™‚ Thank you! It didn’t take us long to decide on the color after we saw that one. πŸ˜€

      1. That’s happened with us before. You get three quotes for the same work and there’s always at least one that’s astronomically larger than the others. Perhaps it has do with company overhead, which can vary depending on size, etc. But still it always seems a bit strange!

  2. Michelle, it looks so beautiful! I must say, you are one hardworking woman.. I can’t believe that you spent little over 2k to put this together.. We called someone for the roof and it was 25k..I said, well…I might change it in 10 years…lol. How did you change the siding? You should do a blog post about all those little tips and tricks. Very impressed

    1. Thank you so much! Oh my! That’s a lot of money for a roof!! We had to order 2 pieces of siding, which took forever to come in. We had to carefully lift the siding over the bad siding and take it all off, then put it back on. It was a pain because if you lift the other siding too high it will pop off, too. That’s a good idea! I’ll have to get that together. Thank you for the suggestion! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you!! It really was a much better choice in the long run. Not only cheaper, but we don’t have to worry about shingles blowing off any more. πŸ˜€

  3. Woohoo! Got to love saving tons of money when you do it yourself! Another great tip on saving money during remodels is going to the Habitat For Humanity Restores! We have already saved over $25,000 on our home renovation by getting most of our supplies from there!

    1. That is an excellent tip! We’ve visited our local one, which is small and doesn’t have a lot, but we keep looking. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to get to the bigger one soon, especially when it comes time to redo the kitchen. Thank you!!

  4. Hurrah, glad that’s all sorted – that’s one weight off your mind at least! When are you hoping to get started on the foundation? That sounds like another big job.xx

    1. Yes! Thank goodness! We have put a down payment on the only company around here that can do the foundation and they’re supposed to come out in September. I have to admit I’m very nervous about that!

  5. Wow Michelle – what y’all have done looks fantastic!! I am in total awe though that the town STILL has not gotten you back up and running. That almost sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen? Good grief!!

    Did my heart good to hear about God’s faithfulness in the finances of this project. The roof looks great and like you said, much better than $6500!

    Stay safe in this wacky weather. I’m no fan of the summertime and this one has been AWFUL. Especially when, just like you, outdoor projects are required. Get you some AC my friend πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you! I know what you mean about the town! It’s ridiculous!! Yes, God definitely had His hands all over the roof situation. Isn’t He wonderful? ? We’ve been staying inside during this heat wave. Tomorrow is looking a lot cooler, but rainy so maybe we can get more done. ?

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