I've got a couple questions:
After "Charley", (we're on the E. Coast of Fla.) I found a number of
pieces of shingles that I imagine came from our roof although I can't
really see where from. As we are thinking of selling in the next
year, I'm thinking of just having the roof patched rather than getting
a new roof which we probably could use. How long can we wait before
getting this done? Lots of people have bigger problems than we do so
I'd rather wait a month or 2 if it won't cause a lot of damage.
And another question.... I've been planning on painting the exterior
of our house. I feel a little wary of venturing up too far on a
ladder. We have a single story ranch home made of cbs (Cement Block)
with wood gables. I'm thinking of hiring someone to paint the 3
gables and I'll do the rest. I've gotten a couple of quotes and now
I'm more confused than ever about conflicting recommendations. I'd
planned on renting a pressure washer and one painter said I should NOT
use bleach in it. Another said to use it. One painter said the wood
gables should be primed first and then painted. Another painter said
it was just as good to just give it 2 coats of paint. And when I got
quotes for painting the whole house...I got estimates of how much
paint it would take (cbs part of house is 1288 sq. ft.; the 3 gables
total @ 225 sq. ft.) ranging from 10 to 25 gallons. I was figuring
that it might take 7 gallons!
Appreciate your feedback.
Call your insurance agent. Have them send some one out. They might pay to
fix the roof, or at the very least they will give you an idea what it will
Painters are like all other trades, there is a ton of ways to get things to
look good. Some better than others and some last longer than others. My
painter primes first then puts on the finish coat(s). Two coats would
probably do the same thing.
You might want to use caution before calling the insurance company. Here in
VA (after Isabel) there were quite a few people who were not pleasantly
surprised to find out their deductibles were MUCH higher than expected.
Read your policy thoroughly. In addition, if you call in an insurance claim
(or even an inquiry), there's the possibility that your property will be
"flagged". If your roof is missing shingles, it shouldn't be too difficult
to see from the ground, especially since it's one story. Ask a neighbor for
assistance in making that determination.
We had a few tabs blow off (Isabel) and a neighbor who does roofing made
repairs for us for a small fee. Our home is two story so it was a bit more
difficult for us to get a good look at our entire roof.
You mentioned thinking of selling...do you know how old the roof is? When
the buyer applies for insurance, that is one of the questions the insurance
company will ask them. I'm a Realtor in VA and when I'm working with my
buyers, I've found that the age and condition of the roof is of major
concern to insurance companies. If you think the roof is in need of
replacement, you might want to consider talking to a couple of roofing
contractors. It would suck to have the deal fall through for something you
were aware of but didn't attend to. I've never had an insurance company
representative ask me if the trim needs painting. I know a paint job is
important to the curb appeal but not nearly as important as a good roof.
On 16 Aug 2004 10:50:25 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (sandy) wrote:
If shingles are missing you should have the repair work done right
away. If you start getting leaks through the roof you could end up
with expensive sheetrock and painting repairs.
If the house has mildew you should use bleach to kill it before
painting. The best way is to make a mixture of Jomax, bleach, and
water. This makes a biodegradable solution which contains a bleach
activator and a mildewcide. After applying the mixture, a pressure
washer can be used to rinse the house--just make sure that the
pressure is low enough not to damage the wood or siding.
Primer is for bare wood; best to use two coats of paint or one coat of
Duration by Sherwin Williams--it goes on twice as thick as regular
paint. The number of gallons required will depend on how the paint is
applied--by airless or brush/roller. Normally you should get between
200-400 sq. ft. per gallon.
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