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Question DetailsAsked on 8/8/2017

How much to replace exsisting truss on a 15sq simple hip roof?

The house is a foreclosure. Termite damage is extensive. The sheathing and all the trusses need to be replaced. The roof measures 15sqs. Its probably a 3/12 pitch.

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You are a braver man than me, Gunga Din - I certainly would not be buying into a fixer-upper that involves major termite damage - could end up being a total teardown by the time you discover it all. Not to mention, if termites were happy there (especially if subterranean origin rather than swarming flying termites (which tend to take up residence in attocs), I would also be looking for water damage in walls and floors, because commonly major termite infestations are in damper wood - they tend to generally perfer that to dry house framing.

Depends on your locale of course, type of roof framing, accessibility, and of course assuming a simple one or two story house roof, etc - but commonly in the VERY rough ballpark (including engineering the new framing) of around $6-10/SF of roof for very simple roof framing, plus the normal $4-7/SF for the sheathing and roofing - so VERY rough number $10-25,000 range.

But if you are looking at buying, you would need a fairly firm (and binding for several months after closing date) bid from at least one contractor so you know what your actual cost for your specific case will be up front so as to set your bid/offering price. And I would also require a REAL thorough inspection of the rest of the house for termites - and therein lies a problem, because the owner is not going to let the termite inspector tear into drywall or ceilings to see if they got down into the walls or floors, or maybe even came all the way up from the basement through floors and walls, leaving much more of the house needing replacement.

Buyer beware - and unless you are prepared to do a total teardown or can afford to throw away the money you invest in this house, I would say staying far away is better for you.

BTW - here is a link to another similar question with answer FYI:

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