Last fall, we unfortunately had a minor leak in the roof turn into a big deal. The roof was replaced less than 10 years ago and not even past the warranty, the roof developed minor leaks but one leak was pretty significant.
The significant leak, we deemed to be minor ended up causing a lot of aesthetic damages leading to the ceiling crashing onto computer systems that run The Crochet Crowd.
The damage was expensive and really heart breaking. As an added unexpected cost, the roof became priority one. Last year, we had a construction worker apply a patch to the roof to get us over the winter and allowing us to save our money to apply a new roof.
In reviewing, and really knowing the house. The eaves troughs were coming apart and the under side of the soffits were the original wood. The house being over 40 years old. Rot and tired wood would need to be replaced as well.
As we really looked at the house, we realized we have a very significant repair. We had to make some very tough financial decisions and think longer term than just the period of time of what roof will last. We had to buckle down, save our money and make decisions that were going to benefit us long term.
We did some pricing out and I will be open with our pricing.
- $13,000 + tax to replace the roof plus another $3000 for new soffits and eaves troughs. This was for standard Asphalt Shingles. Bringing us to $14,690 all together.
Knowing the roof will last about 10 – 15 years, is the investment worth it? We will be replacing this roof again. Costing us about $10,000 next time around plus whatever inflation is at the time. Will I have the money to replace the roof in 10 – 15 years from now?
We looked into the costs of metal roof instead. The warranty is 75 years. I will be long dead by the time this roof needs replacing. This is a one time replacement that I shouldn’t need to worry about.
- $18,000 + tax to replace the roof, soffits, and eaves troughs. For an extra $5,000 we have a product that isn’t going need to be replaced. Bringing us to $20,340.
We Had It Quoted
We submitted our roof for quoting through a few contractors. Deciding that we wanted metal, we had samples submitted and weighed the benefits of each.
- I used to be an engineer and I look for bends and creases in metal. There was a clear difference of manufacturing, metal thickness and so on.
- All of the contractors, except for TJ Construction had brought us a thinner 29 gauge roof examples. TJ Constructions was 26 gauge, meaning the plates are thicker. TJ Construction had thinner options to but listening to our wish lists of durability. TJ Construction brought us samples that were within our goals to view.
- The Warranty of the thinner gauges were 30 years. Seeing my age and knowing I still have 30 years in me. I may be replacing this roof when i am 70 and will I have the money at that time to do such an expensive project?
TJ Constructions Product had 75 years and it’s most likely due to the thickness.
- We left the samples on the roof of the house for a day occasionally checking it every hour to see the light and colour tones change as the sun moves. Daniel really wanted to ensure the colour was going to go with the house.
- TJ Construction had samples that were more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
- We live in a country town and it’s easy to make the roof appear to be the top of a barn.
- TJ Constructions prices were about $1,000 more than everyone else.
We decided with Tom from TJ Construction because of his attitude. We knew others who had received his services. He is patient and certainly not pushy. So the choice was pretty obvious.
We paid for this project as a final quote and not by the hour as we typically have paid for other contractors.
Over All Thoughts
I’m not a very comfortable person with people working in or out of my home. It’s my workplace, creative sanctuary and where I conduct my business.
- I felt so at ease with the crew in the way they conduct themselves.
- They rarely bothered me with questions and simply just did the work. When they were done at the end of the day, they cleaned up and were gone without a word.
- They’ve been working on the house for 2 weeks and they are not watching a clock as far as rushing the process.
- They arrive on time, have their breaks and leave promptly by 5pm.
What impressed me the most was that fact of how Tom communicates with this crew. You don’t hear yelling, swearing or anything negative. His crew seems to get along with each other and respect each other.
Occasionally, you may hear one very quietly dropping and f-bomb but I would do if I am dropping a screw or the ladder shifts.
Tom is engaging when questions are being asked but is very independent too.
Their level of organization, clean up and more is superb. At the end of the day, they don’t leave the house looking like a pile of garbage. They organize, sort and sweep up their mess.
At the end of the day, we made a great decision to contract TJ Construction for our job. It took them about 2 weeks to redo the roof. We had some rain in between the time to slow down the process. It was money well spent and a safe investment for the house.
We have another project for Tom but it part of a 2 year plan. We need to save up our money again before proceeding.