House #1: Roof Issue

March 3, 2011 · 14 comments

I mentioned in my last post that we were undergoing Rehab #2 on The Corn House, now that the lease-purchase tenants have left…

While the rehab is going pretty well (we’re trying a new rehab crew on this one, and they’re a bit slower and less meticulous than we’re used to), the one major issue was the thing that should have been the easiest — putting on the new roof. Turns out that the shingle manufacturer was in the midst of changing the colors of a couple of their shingle SKUs, and the palette of shingles that got delivered to our house actually consisted of two different colors!

Here’s a picture:

Corn House Roof

Unfortunately, they crew didn’t realize that the shingles were different colors until the old roof had already been torn off and the new one was going on, so they really had no option other than to finish the job. Luckily, the shingles are under warranty, and not only will we get a new batch of materials free, but the shingle manufacturer will pay the second set of labor costs for the crew as well.

The only issue is that it may be another week before we can get the new roof on (still waiting for the warranty company to finish their insurance claim), so we’ll either have to hold off getting exterior photos or do some photoshopping… 🙂

Btw, in the picture above, you’ll notice the new siding color…it’s MUCH, MUCH better…

14 responses to “House #1: Roof Issue”

  1. steve says:

    Man, talk about bad luck.

  2. Bilgefisher says:


    May I ask what the roof ran you?


  3. J Scott says:

    Steve –

    Considering it’s under warranty and the insurance adjuster is making the entire process very easy, I’m not complaining…it could certainly be worse!

  4. J Scott says:

    Bilge –

    Total roof size was 23 squares, and we paid $3600 for tear-off, haul-off and replacement, including all materials and labor. So, about $150 square, which is pretty typical around here.

  5. Mike G says:

    Wow, I wouldn’t have even thought of that happening. It makes your new roof look old and patchy. At least they’re covering the cost to replace it!

  6. Don Hines says:

    Is this the vynal you have been thinking about painting?

  7. J Scott says:

    Hey Don,

    Yup, that’s the painted vinyl siding…not a great picture, but what do you think?

  8. Don Hines says:

    That looks pretty spiffy. The one I did a couple of years ago started out about the same color as yours did. We went with a gray instead. It still looks good after 2 years. It had a gray looking brick under the siding. My wife randomly painted bricks for an awsom look. There are some before and afters on Steve Cooks sight. Did you spray it, or brush it?. Sherwin Williams recomended brushing it to us.
    I am starting my first project in over a year next week. Closing Monday.

  9. J Scott says:

    Hey Don –

    Congrats on the next project! Please keep me updated on how it’s going…

    We used new painters on this project and they sprayed it on. I agree brushing would have been much better, but by the time I realized they were spraying, it was too late. Luckily, it still looks really good…

  10. chris says:

    i had a question on flooring what kind have you been using real or laminate is for the dining room and if laminate which brand i see you carpet in some of the houses . keep up the good work

  11. J Scott says:

    Hey Chris –

    We used to use laminate wood flooring, but have found that the real stuff is MUCH nicer, and not that much more expensive. We currently use 3/4″ oak planks that are finished on-site. We pay $5.25 per square foot, and the results are awesome.

    Generally, if we use hardwoods, we’ll put them in the living room, dining room and kitchen. If not, we use carpet in the living and dining rooms and vinyl in the kitchens. It’s worked well so far…

  12. To bad you didn’t notice it earlier, could have created a pattern or wrote out your business name 🙂

  13. Dave says:

    J, you have mentioned before the appliances (range,dishwasher, fridge) you buy from home depot. Could you give me the actual model #s you use? Thanks

  14. J Scott says:

    Dave –

    Send me an email (, and I’ll send you all the info…

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