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Old 03-23-2012, 11:14 AM   #31
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Having roof replaced, need some advice.


So, if all of the negatives are correct, I am screwed no matter which way I go. The installers will do a crappy job, especially due to price. But, it doesn't matter, because the roof is toast in 3-7 yrs. Nobody is really certified, so that doesn't matter either since the company will walk away from any warranty anyway.

I think the reality will probably land somewhere between Nirvana (lasting 50 yrs as described by the mfg) and the complete disaster being played out here.

I really understand the logic. I do car repair and won't let a pro mechanic touch my cars. Not one. I don't like what I see when they do repairs. Everyone cuts corners to make rate. However, the cars still run and people are happily oblivious to what I see is impending doom.

So, I will probably make the best of it. I will use the info here (both positive and negative) to minimize the errors in installation. I don't know of a single crew here that isn't comprised of imported labor. I have been watching roof installations for a few years to see who is doing them. Unions don't exist, so the pay scale is adjusted accordingly. I think that is a big difference between here and most of the northern areas as far as cost, coupled with the lower cost of living.

Does all of this mean I am at higher risk than having skilled workers installing a roof? Absolutely! But, there really isn't much I can do about it. I even checked the master elite installers and the rates were about the same. So, based on that, they are using the same labor as well.

Once again, thanks for all of the opinions. It has been a real education for me.

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Old 04-07-2012, 05:57 AM   #32
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Having roof replaced, need some advice.


Another Update: My naivety continues to peel away. The contractor went back to the insurance company with their estimate, the insurance co. agreed with the total, contract is signed and work begins next week.

Here are the latest numbers...

Total Roof - $15126.97 (base roof, 25 yr shingles)

Upg - Architectural - $ 1230 ($30/sq x 41 sq)
Ice and Water shield - $ 786 (524 lin ft)
Ridge Vent - $ 430.50 (123 ft)

Total - $17573.47

Drywall repair - 707.44

Total - $18280.91

There will be additional charges for replacing rotted decking, I know I have at least 3 that are soft. That is $25/sheet of plywood installed. I am also having some interior drywall repaired in my foyer for an additional $707. I could do this, but just want the job done. This brings the total to just over $18280. My out of pocket with the known expenses at this point is around $3700.

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