04:57PM | 07/15/05
Member Since: 07/14/05
1 lifetime posts
I just got a pest inspection done and the report says that for the shake roof on a house I am buying, the roof sheathing (which is 8" tongue and groove) has fungus damage in three areas where it is visible under the eaves.

When they do the repair I figure they might find more fungus as they remove the shakes.

The roof itself has at least 3 years of life left.

At what point should I have the whole roof replaced?

And most importantly, very roughly how much will this cost. The house is 2500 square feet, single story with a gable roof.

Any info would be appreciated.

Larry Miller


03:46PM | 07/20/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
95 lifetime posts
The sq. footage of the roof will be substantialy larger than the house area due to the overhangs, pitch, etc.....that is, IF yours is a 1 story.

Roof replacement costs vary from one region to the other. Around here, one might expect to pay somewhere between $400-$470 per "square" "square being 100 sq. ft.}, depending on whether one is using mediums {1/2 in. thick minimum at butt end} or heavies {3/4 in. thick minimum at butt end}. Other factors which can affect the cost is the pitch of the roof, whether it's required you use a class B or class C fire retardant shake, etc.

There's no "hard rule" for when a shake roof needs replacing. Generally, a medium shake roof can last about 20 years, while a heavy shake roof can last about 30 years.....but factors such as climate, shade, quality of cedar, etc. can increase or decrease the life expectancy.

A roof CAN be your "friend"...rather than "that thing you hate".


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