Our first obvious challenge was that we were provided enough money to buy the materials, but no more. So, that left us with two options. A: We would not put a new roof on the house and begin to experience problems in the future. Or B: We could put on a new roof ourselves. We went with B.
So, with that decided, our first order of business was to pick out and order our shingles. That went fairly well. We had to wait on them to be ordered, arrive at the store, and then be delivered, but it went pretty well. Our next challenge was getting them on the roof. We wanted rooftop delivery, but, apparently, our local Home Depot doesn't have a truck for rooftop delivery. So, they have a third party company do it for them. It's not cheap for this service. And, I feel like Home Depot knows it. So, rather than Home Depot telling you the delivery charge for rooftop delivery, they just change the price of the bundles of shingles you're buying. You know, to muddy it up because they don't think that their customers can do math. It worked out to just over $450 for them to rooftop deliver.
We were kind of floored with this price because I was hoping that delivery would be free or at the very least would be greatly reduced. We were buying 123 bundles of shingles after all. That adds up to a pretty hefty price tag. Most box stores boast free delivery when you're spending thousands of dollars. But, alas, there would be no foreseeable compromise. So, we opted for the normal delivery which would still be on their pallets on the ground. To their credit, they did put the pallets right on the ground exactly where we told them that we wanted them. So, there's that.
We employed our son, Lyric, whose agreed upon paycheck would consist of a Playstation 3. He had been wanting one for some time and we figured that this would be a great opportunity for him to A) learn how to roof a house, B) learn some more work ethic, C) earn the item he couldn't afford to buy, and, lastly, D) help complete the roof at a much faster pace than it would have taken me to do it alone. He did a fantastic job and I officially changed his affiliation with it from "helping me roof the house" to "roofing the house with me." :)
Finishing the job was an awesome feeling. We got it done on Sunday, April 23rd, just two and a half weeks from the start date. Not too shabby for such a small crew.