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Ever wonder what's underneath the shingles on your roof? A well built roof should have rafters and decking boards, flashing and a moisture barrier of felt underlayment.
5 estimates? Why 5? Why would you do that to yourself? Normally if you are dealing with reputable companies you don't need more than 2 estimates. I advocate to people to always get at least two estimates and if the roofers are saying something very different or if the roofers are way way way off in price, get an equalizer, get a 3rd. Obviously if you don't trust a roofer disqualify that roofer immediately. I beliee you have now fallen into "Analysis Paralysis" which is what happens when you have too many opions.
But back to the topic, I said you are focusing on the wrong thing. Why did I say that? Because you can take the best shingle in the world and if installed wrong is compeltely garbage. i can take the worst shingle, known to fail, and if installed properly will last some ammount of time. So you should focus on the roofer, not the product. The roofer is more important and a good quality roofer will only want to install good quality product.
The roof is a system comprised of many components, not just the shingles. You have the water proofing underlayment such as ice shield, the water resistant underlayments such as felt. You have the shingles, the ventilation and the flashing details. All of these things add up to equal one roof. Neglect one and your roof is doomed to fail.
But the roof is more than just product it is detail, know how and heart. Heart? yes heart. It takes the utmost CARING the utmost DESIRE to want to install a good roof. It's hard work and easy to fall into the train of thought as to do what's easier, instead of what's faster. Faster and easier seldom ever equals better. At the end of the day you ened a roofer that cares about your roof.
So what product is best? That's hard to say. Each manufacturer has multiple plants and it seems each plant puts out varying levels of quality. I will tell you in my area Atlast is known as a cheap commodity shingle. I have Tamko Heritage on my house but I stopped using it because I was having seal failue issues and at the time they offered no contractor certification program, but I hear they started up one. Ownes corning is a decent product backed by a great company. I don't install very many OC's though. I primarily install CertainTeed Landmark shingles and my feeling is that they are the best on the market in my area. I'm sure others will disagree with me.
But don't miss the point, the roofer is more important than the shingle.
Any roofer worth using should be able to do the roof with NO MONEY DOWN.
The only scenario I would ask for a deposit is on a crazy odd ball shingle that had to be special ordered.
As a certified and licensed roofing contractor, my reputation is on the line. I debate this topic quite often with other roofing contractors who seem to care more about profit than a job well done. Well, I can tell you from past experience having been a professional roofer for 14 years as of the time of this posting, that the chance for failure increases exponentionally when installed below freezing. It's better just not to risk it.
Personally I will not, unless absolutely necessary and the customer signs a disclaimer of limited liability, install a roof below freezing and really really want to install the roof at 40 or above. The shingles need to seal, and will not seal unless they warm to about 70 degrees F ambient temprature. This does not mean it needs to be 70 outside, because the shingles will warm from the sun.
So what can be done to install the roof below freezing? Well first, the roof should not be gun nailed below freezing. This is because the shingles become brittle and it's easier to "blow through" with your nails. It's also harder to regulate air pressure when it is cold, I speculate because of barometric pressures, but I am just guessing. Therefore the roof should be hand nailed. This takes more time. Furthermore since the seal strips will not seal, they must be manually sealed with proper compatible adhesives. This will also take more time, and more material. I once spoke with a roofer in Alaska who builds tents around the houses he is working on and covers them with tarps and heats with propane heaters. Now that takes real time! The question is, are you prepared to pay for this extra time? Can you wait a few more weeks?
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They came to do the repair, which was just some caulking. Not sure what I was expecting, but I'd assumed it would be something that I couldn't have done myself. Or, at least, that the repair would be guaranteed in some way.
Unfortunately, ...MoreRead more of this review after the repairs, the skylight leaked during 'regular' rainstorms. Somehow, they'd made it worse – and they said it wasn't guaranteed in any way – unless I replaced the entire unit. (Would've been better off leaving it alone.)
We began the project late August 2015. and I reviewed the project scope on Tuesday and the project started on Friday morning at 7:30 am. This was the only notable "hiccup" in the project which involved the mason. On day one of the project, the masonry crew went to the wrong address (2 doors over) and began taking down their stair walls. Our neighbors quickly stopped this work and after some follow up with TQR, the masonry crew repaired what they started and then made it to our address. Unfortunately the work they began was on the front porch area taking down the stair support walls, which was to be completed at the end of the roofing project. I learned of this error late in the day and immediately contacted TQR. returned my call promptly and we once again reviewed the scope of the project in detail. took responsibility for the miscommunication with the mason and committed to making things right and helped research and secure a contractor to complete the front porch project. The masonry crew returned the next day to complete taking down the walls and install a temporary stair railing to assure safe usage until this project could be completed. was true to his word in assuring the rest of the project went as discussed and without further issues. Over the course of the next few weeks, the masonry crew completed rebuilding the parapet walls and tuckpointed the other areas in the project. The mason was very skilled, but he was not an effective communicator. however, made up for this and addressed any and all my concerns when I contacted him about issues.
Then the roofing project began. Fortunately the weather was on our side and the roofers were efficient, taking down the old roofing, making decking repairs and provided additional carpentry work for excessive water damage on the enclosed back porch area. As requested, they tracked their progress with photographs and contacted me to discuss any new issues or concerns. The roofing crew was skilled, polite, respectful of our neighbors’ space and cleaned up well at the end of each day. They worked
just as efficiently to rebuild the roof before the rains came. After a few days of rain, they returned to install the new gutter and downspout. We had to have an electrician install an outlet for the heat cable in the interim. TQR returned to install the cable a few weeks later once this work was complete. TQR had to return only once in to help us dislodge the roof access hatch which was a tight fit (they rebuilt this too).
This was a huge project for us and we are completely satisfied with the professionalism and expertise of the TQR team. It
was not as painful a process as anticipated because of TQR's commitment to completing the job well. We feel secure about the coming winter and would happily recommend TQR to our family and friends.
Service appointments ...MoreRead more of this review had to be followed up on and rescheduled several times because the contractor had other work that was higher priority (to them) and then became confused about what service had been requested. The contractor did apologize and said he would "make it up to me" but no additional efforts were made.
After the initial service date, I found several obvious problem areas on the roof that were not addressed - gaping cracks in sealant, a torn shingle, and loose nails. Additionally, a weak spot and leak developed on a lower roof where the contractor's ladder had been set. I sent photos and requested that specific problems be addressed as they were included in the package. A second service date was set.
When the serviceman arrived, I explained my concerns and shared pictures to indicate what I needed addressed. I emphasized I really needed a professional opinion on the weak spot on the lower roof. He acknowledged my concerns but only addressed one of the problems before leaving without advising on the weak spot or even notifying me that he was done!
While the contractor was polite, I cannot recommend them based on the high costs, poor quality of service, poor workmanship, and failure to provide the services I paid for.
I joined Angie's List specifically to avoid experiences like this and am disappointed that I wound up paying so much and wasting six weeks waiting for lousy work. I now have to scramble in worse weather to ensure my roof is ready for winter.
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