By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep?
Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week:
My best: Getting a new roof
A number of times I’ve written about my two failed metal shingle roofs. I was fortunate to win an arbitration and get enough money for another roof.
This time I choose standing seam, panels of metal like you see on commercial buildings. I learned that the metal shingles don’t perform well in the rainy Seattle area. And, I choose a local contractor who had done a good job for a friend of mine.
The roof looks nice. It’s rained once since the roof was completed, a short but heavy downpour. The roof performed well.
My worst: Having to paint soffits
Since paint fumes make me sick, two of my friends said they’d help me paint the soffits after the roof was installed. That’s the underside of the eves where new plywood was installed to replace rotten areas. However, my friends were too busy to help me when I called about it.
So there I was, painting. I put primer on the raw wood so it wouldn’t be damaged in stormy weather. Hopefully, my friends can help me later. If not, I’ll hire a painting company.