What's involved and approx cost to replace the trusses, sheathing and roof?
(70% of trusses are charred from fire.)
The house is 1800sqft on one levels so approx 22 squares not inc garage.
New roof would not be cedar shake but ashpalt or fiberglass shingles.
Your talking about a new structure. Better check with the local authorities,
they may require you to rebuild the structure to the current code. Where I
live if you approach 30% of the cost of the home your on the hook for all
the current codes. Call your insurance agent also. The insurance company
may have regulation that will be required.
Get a professional adjuster to work for you--they deal with the insurance
company on your behalf and will almost always get you a better settlement
and will cost you less in the end. Check your insurance policy--in
repairing covered damages the insurance company will pay for any additional
repairs that have to made in order to bring things up to code. Generally,
its a fixed amount, for example in my case--lots of water damage due to a
toilet failure---I was covered up to $20,000 for code upgrades. Because of
that, got bathroom exhaust fan installed, new venting to roof, new
electrical service box, dedicated GFI circuit to bathroom, new drain pipe
from shower---had to chop up cement floor for that one---etc., etc.
How far is up? As a pure SWAG, I'd say double the cost of that segment of
new construction, since you have to add in demo and landfill costs. (and
demolishing part of a structure without trashing the undamaged part costs
more than bulldozing, since it is basically hand work.) But there are
multiple unknown variables- labor and material costs in your town, the
extent of damage to any other portions of house structure, any needed
repairs to HVAC and electrical, and so on. What is involved? Removing any
burned and damaged structure back to solid undamaged material, reframing and
reskinning the roof, and of course any interior repairs. Was the house
insured? They can point you to appraisers and engineers in your area that
can do a site survey to determine the extent of the damage and help you with
the repair versus replace number-crunching. In some cases, even if the
damage doesn't look that bad, it is simply cheaper to tear it all down and
Or is this perhaps a house you are looking to buy, repair, and flip? If so,
be aware that getting the smell out of a burn job is often close to
impossible, even if you take it down to bare framing. All that smoke and
black water soaks into everything.
In any case, you need professional on-site assessments and estimates. Even
if they cost you a thousand bucks, they will pay for themselves in a better
action plan, or avoiding a money pit.
Why are you asking for guesses from random people on the internet who
have no idea of where the project is, what the local codes are,
availability of local contractors, local pricing, etc.?
Pick up the phone and get a real number. If you're not serious enough
to do that, you're just wasting everybody's time including your own.
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