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Old 10-31-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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We are in the process of replacing our roof from Hurr. Ike damage. While we will be using a roofing contractor, I'm needing some explanations from knowledgeable folks in one particular area.

One of the roofing companies told us that we should not put 30 yr. shingles on our roof. His explanation was that because we have a 6/12 pitch the shingles will not lay/adhere properly. Can anyone explain to me if this is a valid statement and why?

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Don't know why this guy calls himself a roofer then. 3/12 is the minimum slope mfrs recommend for shingle roofs. Personally I don't like anything under 4/12 but can still be done. I cannot think of a single reason why a roofer would say 6/12 is no good unless he is just trying to sell you another product like tile or something. If so, then he is just being flat out dishonest to you.
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2. dishonest

Either way, call another roofer. If you talk to this guy again, I'd call him out on it too.

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Old 10-31-2008, 02:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply! The guy was from Brinkman Roofing in Houston which is a very large and usually recommended roofing company here. He wasn't trying to sell higher priced items - just told us that and said he wouldn't recommend the 30 yr and to stick to a 20 yr shingle. In your estimation does a 30 yr shingle out perform a 20 yr enough to compensate for the cost difference? Remembering of course that we don't get snow here - just lots of sun, rain and sometimes hail.
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Most places don't even stock 20 year shingles anymore becausemthey are such a light weight garbage shingle, only used for cheapo new construction and flippers.

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I'm sure Ed would agree that no experienced, quality roofer would say any of the things you are telling us. I don't know what their story is but if this is what he is telling you then I would not deal with that particular person.
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I don't think I would deal with THAT company. He must be a reflection of it.
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Thanks for the info guys!
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I'm sure Ed would agree that no experienced, quality roofer would say any of the things you are telling us. I don't know what their story is but if this is what he is telling you then I would not deal with that particular person.
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I don't think I would deal with THAT company. He must be a reflection of it.
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City Search

A few reviews of customers who hired Brinkmann Roofing.
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As well as some other roofers in your area.
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The sales person sounds like a Democrat. But The company still could be good as far as quality workmanship, judging from there web site. But it sounds as tho the sales department is trying to unload some stored 20 yr shingles from there stock? Ask why, and insist on the better shingle. I have seen this practice performed before. but it does not mean there going to do a crap job. you the owner must be 1 step smarter then them. BOB

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The sales person sounds like a Democrat. But The company still could be good as far as quality workmanship, judging from there web site. But it sounds as tho the sales department is trying to unload some stored 20 yr shingles from there stock? Ask why, and insist on the better shingle. I have seen this practice performed before. but it does not mean there going to do a crap job. you the owner must be 1 step smarter then them. BOB
I agree,
I had a problem here through out 2004 - 2005 time frame with a roofing contractor who had purchased 100's of squares of 20 yr 3-tabs in bulk,
man they were under cutting bids big time, one job i bid against them they were 1800.00 under me, where normaly I found my bids with in just a few hundred one way or the other of thiers.

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