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Old 03-08-2013, 04:47 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post
Looks to me that all they did was print off a standard boiler plate estimate that they use on all their jobs.

As I stated before, find another company or two. Does not have to have the whole "Certified by such and such in their disclaimer", they just need to know what they are doing.

That is why I went with the guy I did, because not only was his bid mid-range, but because he came with experience and did not flash around the whole "certified by xyz."

That is why I have him do stuff for me, along with his dad when I need other items done. His father works on the Lincoln home and other historic sites, so I know that I can trust their workmanship.

I guess, my problem is that there are over 17000 roofers in our (local) area. How do I narrow them down to an acceptable number? We tried contacting neighbors who had roofs done. We checked out their guys. From there we narrowed it further by using Angie's List. And once we decided between the two basic products we were willing to use (GAF or CertianTeed)... how to narrow it down from there? The guy who gave me the above contract has the most experience in the industry thus far.
He also gave us referrals that are local in our area so that we can drive by and check them out. He's also offered us the best price for the best shingles we can get.

The guy who did our neighbor's roof has come out and sent back info - but not even this much info. Just the basics slapped into an email.

We had one guy lie so badly it was sad.

One guy lie about the most basic of things. While he was measuring the roof I needed to leave. My husband was still there with the door open. When he called me about it...I asked him why he left before discussing with my husband. His response? He "rang the doorbell and knocked for 15 mins before he left." I call BS. My husband watched him drive off.

It's been a constant barrage of people like that.


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Old 03-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #32
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The problem with staples, is if you have a wind event, nothing will hold them done, unlike if they were nailed with a power nailer, they will not go anywhere.

Forget Angie's list, and as for 1700 or so roofers, that an be an arbitrary number, due to a lot could be companies that have changed names.

We spent two months looking for a roofer when we did ours in 2007, and it was our realtor like I stated before, that got us our roofer.

All it took was a handshake and verbal agreement, no signing, due to I knew that I could trust him. Why do you think that I have him come back for other stuff that I need done for the roof, like now pulling out the old chimney, had him put in the power vent, and removed some old windows up in the attic, which he had his dad do, since he was sick, but still showed up to help his dad.


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