On Dec 4, 7:14 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Take a look at the tips from FEMA about roofs:
Note the section where it says if you live in a hurricane prone area
to use 6 nails and not staples. Personally, I'd insist on that on my
own roof anywhere, as it's far more secure. I saw the same thing
happen to shingles at brand new condos 20 years ago during a
northeaster. The complex where I was living had nailed shingles
with sustained minimal damage. The new place across the street,
where they were nailed, had very substantial damage, with whole big
sections blown off as you describe.
I also agree with the post that you may have a legal case against the
company that installed them, provided the statute of limitations
hasn't run out. The obvious negative for you is the amount of time
that has expired. However, the fact that you had them back
immediately over the 2 years following the work shows that something
has been wrong all along. They are the roofing experts, are local,
and should know that for a house at the top of a wind blown hill,
staples should not be used.
To prevail, you;d need statements from some experts. A certified
home inspector would be one good one as he's independent with no axe
to grind. A couple of reports from other roofers that said the work
was done wrong together with estimates to correct would be good too.
Take pictures of everything. You could sue them in small claims
where you don't need a lawyer and the limit is usually $2K to $10K
depending on state. You probably have a 50-50 shot at winning, but
being able to sue at minimal cost could make it worth while.
On Dec 4, 4:53 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Thanks, but can what they said about the price be right?
"A roofing contractor will charge you about $100 to $150 per square
foot of roof area to remove and replace shingles and underlayment."
My roof is at least 60x30, not even counting the garage. That's
1800 sq ft, so they are saying it would cost around $200K for a new
roof??? Are they figuring in the cost of driving ice all over the
country or something?
Don't know about summer ........ cold weather is not a good time to
work, especially for a new roof. For a new roof installation, hot sun
helps melt the adhesive built into the shingles so that they lay flat
and adhere to each other. If you go about putting adhesive under the
tabs, warmth will help make them flex and not crack, but don't kill
There are some roofing material websites which give good instructions
about installing shingles. Just the instructions on the package of
shingles are pretty much of a "basic education" in roofing. Our Elk
shingles are laminated - two layers of stuff stuck together - with the
bottom layer only half the size of the shingle. The nailing line,
marked on the shingle, is critical as is measuring the overlap, laying a
chalk line to get them straight, etc. It isn't rocket science, but sure
can give you grief if not done right. I'm not familiar with other
brands of roofing, and there is a lot of variety in quality, style and
suitability for a particular roof and climate. I looked at Elk's
website, just for a random example. I don't know this particular
shingle, but the instruction sheet will give you a very good idea of
what is involved and why:
I would talk to neighbors with similar style roofs that look good and
get good references for contractors. Attic ventillation is an important
factor, as well. Something to learn about in regard to keeping your
roof in good shape.
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