If you own or are planning to buy a home, and that home has a roof, you might want to read this. Or, at the very least, go to the end of the post for the summary, observations, and cautions.

So, I need a new roof.

Sad, that. The roof is only 17 years old. Most manufacturers warrant their asphalt shingles to 30 years, but realistically, most roofs will only make it to 25 years, so I’m a bit shy of that (40%).

Twenty-five years if you are lucky, if the roof was installed correctly, if you don’t live through extreme weather, and if your roof has proper and balanced ventilation. Even then, you need the original paperwork and receipts, neither of which we have (there were two owners before us). But, even if I had all the receipts and the installers did a bang-up job, you’d only get a pro-rated amount for the material replacement and not the labor (although some include labor).

. . . let’s step back . . . proper and balanced ventilation.

Hmm . . .

Many of today’s bitter arguments, nee discussions, are on issues that allow — no, demand — only binary answers: Yes, No, Right, Wrong, True, False.

Isn’t it true that surgeons cut patients and sometimes cause patients to die?

Yes, but—

NO BUTS! Surgeons are awful people!

Everyone recognizes the weakness of the argument. It may well be surgeons are awful people, but for reasons completely independent from them cutting into and mucking about in people’s insides.

That extreme example exemplifies the level of debate for many contentious issues.

Abortion and guns are two issues that come to mind; issues framed as being binary but aren’t.

On a comment, in passing, I happened to mention I might be prone to write about those three things tonight — the silly search for ‘purpose’, bees, and rocks — and I thus felt compelled to do so . . . first up:

It’s that time of year when the bees aren’t finding enough flowers out there in the wild, so they take over the feeders. They can do so because of two flaws in the design of those feeders. One, the holes are too large. A hummingbird can feed through a very small hole, but those are large enough for the bees to nearly squeeze through.