yeah...that is the impression i'm getting. same with new widows....i ended
up just leaving the old ones. it's a good thing i started this thread. i
really was planning around 2k. good thing i've got a couple of years to
I don't have anything on the A/C, but we're in the process of getting a new
roof, thanks to the remnants of hurricane IKE (in central Ohio!). The
existing roof was about 20 years old, and we'd already had a few shingle
tabs break off in other storms, so we knew it was going to be needed soon.
We were planning on next spring, but at least now the insurance is picking
up most of it. We got a couple of quotes, one from a big roofing company,
the other from a small, locally based shop that we've heard good
recommendations about. They've been around about 30 years, so it's not some
fly by night company.
We have a two story, about 1,900 sq ft. of shingles. We're looking for a
full tear off of the old shingles (single layer), and install ridge and
soffit vents (the house currently has two undersized gable vents).
The lowest quote was one from the big roofing. They quoted about $5,500
using their own brand of shingles. However, that didn't include any soffit
vents. The guy that came out said that our soffit was too narrow for for
the saws to install the vents, and that they weren't that important anyway,
as long as you had a ridge vent. He said they can install something on the
top of the deck (I think it was called SureVent), but would be about $800.
Also, he seemed pushy, several time during the estimate, he kept asking me
if we would go ahead and sign now. I told him we weren't ready yet, and he
said no problem, but a little bit later he'd ask "are you sure you don't
want to go ahead and schedule the job?" Got kind of old real fast..
The local shop came it at about $6,000. They using Owens Corning 30 year
shingles, with WeatherLock underlayment around the edges. it also included
22 soffit vents. After the comments about the small soffit size from the
other vendor, I call these guys back and asked about the soffit vents. He
said it was a narrow area, but they would use a jig saw or sawzall if a
circular saw wouldn't fit.
We've signed up with the second company. Another point in their favor (at
least for us), was that of the four companies I called on Sunday evening
(when the storm hit), they were the only one who called back on Monday, and
were out Monday afternoon to install tarps over the bare roof areas. A
few days later when the insurance adjuster came out he commented on how good
of a job they did.
I'd say you made a good decision. Responded to calls, didn't do a high
pressure sales pitch, uses name-brand products with an actual
manufacturer warranty, and was willing to work around the as-built
characteristics of the place. They likely would have had me at the
emergency tarping service- damage control is often given short shrift in
the home repair world.
My other house is down in Lake Charles, LA. After that little storm a
couple of years ago, the town was rampant with fly-by-night roofers. and
I would have liked to have owned a warehouse of those blue tarps. I was
lucky, having just had a quality roof applied a few years before,
fastened down per storm-country specs. No apparent damage at all.
Yeah, I was very pleased with the service for the tarp. I had left a
message on Sunday evening saying we had roof damage and needed to get it
looked at and an estimate for a new roof. When they called Monday, they
said they could do the emergency repair, but weren't even scheduling
estimates for new roof jobs at that time and would get with us a few days
later. I really liked the fact that they were up front about the delay for
the estimate, were wanting to try to get through the emergency calls for
everyone before taking the time for estimates, and didn't try to rush
through an estimate with some halfway guess.
When they came by, they said because of the demand for tarps, they were
having to buy the heavier ones from Home Depot and Lowes, so we ended up
with some of the heavy 10 mil silver/gray ones, not the thin blue ones a lot
of people were using. When the insurance adjuster came by later, he said
those tarps were like duct tape. I figure when we get the roof done, I'm
going to hang on to tarps in case I ever need them for anything else..
The soffit vent comments from the one company, that they weren't really
necessary, really concerned me. Like I said, we'd been planning on getting
a new roof soon anyway, so I'd been doing my research, and everything I
found said that the venting with ridge vents COMBINED with soffit vents was
the recommended way to go.
I feel pretty confident we made the right choice. We'll know for sure in a
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