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Old 05-09-2007, 04:47 PM   #16
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roofing job okay so far?


do you mind posting the price/size of your roof? I just want to hear what people are paying out there...

so what is your total venitlation system for the roof? all passive? ridge vents, fans?

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Old 05-09-2007, 05:09 PM   #17
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Since we're kind of anonymous here, I guess it's okay ;-)

The house is fairly small, 1230 square feet & 100 years old, a foursquare with dormer window, hipped roof with small square (5' X 5') flat area on top. The ventilation consists of one attic fan--we need to get those soffit vents in there. Oddly, the house stays quite a bit cooler than outside, especially on the first floor (we're going to try to tough out one year w/out a/c, the house didn't have any).

So, for a smallish hipped roof with steep pitch, we paid $3200 total. We had another bid from a larger established company that was a bit over $5000 that would have included the small square area, new decking & flashing etc, their price on just the roof was pretty close to the 3200. We may have them come in & do the small flat area later on.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:03 PM   #18
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So you took less of a roof than you would have liked? Meaning flashings, decking, etc? How did you get by without the decking work?
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The guy with more details included in his scope of work was providing you a better solution to the existing roof, based on the limited amount of information you provided.

Now, after giving some other contractor the gravy part of the project, you expect him to come out and do just the hard portion for anywhere near his original breakdown price?

I am sure that his quote for that one area with all of the additional areas was predicated on his crew already being there doing the easy part of the job.

I always advise anyone, to find the contractor who is going to do the right job the first time, above others specifications and go with them for the project. If that means working out a payment plan or waiting until you have sufficient funds available, that is the surest way to choose the right contractor.

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Good point Ed--remember you're dealing with a first time home owner, and wouldn't necessarily realize that the non-decking portion of the roof is "gravy". So I won't be surprised if that company wants more $ to do that part of the job.

Hind sight is 20/20, and we do wish we'd gone with the more thorough roofing job--we were in the middle of changing our minds when the roofers showed up. Lesson learned!

I'm not entirely convinced we need the decking in my (inexperienced) opinion--the wood is hard & seems sound, if water stained. None of it seems to be rotting, in any case. The guy who did the roofing job thought that the water (only leak we're having) is coming down inside the flue & the chimney cap might solve the problem--he thought the flashing & waterproofing around the chimney is okay. My husband did notice, in placing the cap, that there is green stuff growing inside the flue. We haven't had enough wet weather yet to see how much the cap helps.
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:13 AM   #21
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By the way,

The roof that we are working on, which is nearly identical to yours, used to have a flat roof on by the section of roof by the chimney.

They added new framing and decking at some point in the past to give that section the same pitch as the rest of the roof.

The roof we are dealing with had the original cedar shingle on top of ship sheathing spaced plank boards and then 3 additional layers of asphalt shingles all to be torn off and redecked with new 1/2 " 4-ply exterior grade cdx plywood sheathing and then reroofed with Tamko Heritage 30, Old English Pewter color shingles.

We are being creative for the exhaust ventilation, since the top "fake" roof section by the brick chimney is a dead air space, so we are utilizing the "Smart Vent" from DCI Products as a Roof To Wall vent for the entire perimeter around the base of the entire upper fake roof section to provide sufficient static exhaust ventilation. We are also using the Smart vent along the eaves for fresh air intake ventilation. New color coordinated sheet metal roof to wall angle counter flashings are being fabricated to cover the exhaust vent smart vents and new step and counter flashings will be fabricated and installed on the brick chimney.

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thanks Ed, that was interesting and I understood some of it ;-)

We've wondered if this home is actually a Sears craftsmen made from a "kit" (it's near a train line).

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