When I was about seven years old my parents divorced and then not too shortly after my father got remarried. He bought himself a little trailer house for his land that he also bought after the divorce. Consequently he also bought a paint horse named Paint. When him and his new wife got married they knew they needed a much bigger house than his trailer so they bought a very nice double wide trailer house that had five bedrooms and and three and a half bathrooms. It was super nice with two skylights, one in the kitchen and one in the master bathroom. There was also a jacuzzi in the master bathroom that had the jets and all. When we got the house it came in two pieces and then they put it together. I didn’t watch them put the house together but after a few years of owning it, the house started to separate a bit and I can tell what the weather was going to be that day if I stood on my tippy toes and felt the air by the crack.
We have now had that trailer house going on twenty years. It is certainly not the same house my father bought in 1996. In fact there are several changes. There carpet of course is different, in fact he took the carpet out and put faux wood paneling. And one time when I came home from college, I noticed the sky light was missing in the kitchen. I ran to the master bathroom and saw the same was true for in there. I asked my father what happened and he asked me to think back on what those sky lights looked like just a few years ago. They were starting to leak and the rain water was bleeding into the ceiling and causing some pretty gross water damage. The ceiling was streaked and stained with brown lines that braided across the textured ceiling. Fortunately I never experienced a dripping problem, but the water did spread for an incredible distance across the ceiling.
Apparently my father was tired of looking at the water damage and decided to do something about it. He just had someone come in and literally take out those sky lights. I found out he wasn’t able to replace the sky lights because there was always going to be the possibility of leaking and we wanted to minimize the amount of water damage to the roof of the trailer house. He may not be able to sell it but he certainly wants to ride out living in that home for as long as he can and I don’t blame him. I was so surprised that you could see such visible signs of the damage the rain water had done to the ceiling. It even discolored the sky lights themselves. For the roof to just change color too really speaks to the damage water can have on your home. I am glad my father found a way to protect the home I grew up in.