In our never-ending quest to stimulate the U.S. economy, Diane and I just bought a new roof for our house. Diane noticed a discoloration on the ceiling of our dining room. It was a leak. We got an estimate on how much it would cost to fix the leak and then decided to get another estimate on what it would cost to get a new roof. Although the new roof number gave us sticker shock, we decided to invest the money in this house. We plan to be here for another 20 years so putting a new roof on that should last at least 25 years seemed to make sense. We had two roofs on our house so they had to be removed (bumping the cost up) and we went with a high grade of shingle. How much does a new roof cost for a 2400 square foot house? $24,000. Good thing the stock market went over 14,000!