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astronomer25 09-14-2008 07:29 PM

1000 bucks to fix the valley on my roof, is this ok?
Call me stupid... i had a contractor from craigslist come take a look at my house, I thought he would do the roofing repair, but he got me a quote from another company. I am wondering how much a referral fee the roofer is paying the craigslist contractor (ie, how much cheaper it would be to fix the roof leak excluding the middleman).

I live in NW Florida and I have a roof leak. The person I purchased the house 4 years ago from had the shingles replaced in the valley between the garage and main house section. They went up about 1/2 the roof and about 5-10 feet on each side. I doubt the job would be insured for four years? However it appears to have been leaking for 3 years (wood rot and stuff in the base of the wall (where water ran down wall)
I get a bad? leak on the inside of my garage that caused me to pull out the drywall down the exterior wall and the ceiling inside the garage. I set up a temporary system to catch the leaking water. I can fill a 5 gallon bucket after a couple (2-3) of days of daily afternoon rainstorms.

From the inside I can see where the two OSB boards meet and water tracks down that space (on the bottom of the boards). I put a a folded up piece of cardboard to "catch/stop" the water and allow it to drip down into a 5 gallon bucket. I will add the picture tonight of the interior damage if it will help. Would a roofer fix the rotted wood on the exterior wall base?

before I opened up the drywall, the water tracked down the wall through a hole in the top of the wall 2x4's opened for an outside light electrical cable). The water appeared to pool down a major beam of the house and down the wall I described above. The wood at the base of the exterior wall is rotten (i can probably chisel 1/2 of it off. It is close to a 2x4

Can I lift the shingles and find the problem myself? Seems a waste to spend that much when I am saving for a new roof in 2 years.

Remove shingles in valley area
Repair rotten or damaged decking
Install Storm Guard in valley
Replace new shingles in valley
Clean job site and haul away any trash

AtlanticWBConst. 09-14-2008 07:58 PM

Sounds like he "may" be adding a premium on top of the actual roofing company's price.

Stay off Craig's list, and try some quotes from local reputable roofing companies. See what you get...

AtlanticWBConst. 09-14-2008 08:00 PM

Also, check with your insurance company. They may cover some of the repair costs.

astronomer25 09-14-2008 08:36 PM

we have hurricanes here and I wouldnt want to file a claim to save a couple thousand bucks when my premiums would go up a couple hundred forever, or worse, I would get dropped (only insurer of last resort will insure me, many have pulled out in this area). I just didnt want to pay 1000 bucks now, then 10k in two years to get the whole roof replaced... thanks I will get more quotes directly from roofers.
I had been turned down by several companies (saying they will only replace whole roofs and not fix/patch existing roofs --- I guess they have too much work), lots of trees and lots of wind and tree damage to roofs when Tropical Storm Fay went through.

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