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"I had to call twice for an estimate and did get it after 3 weeks. We have a 900 Sq ft home plus single garage, one story with an average grade to the roof and the" estimate for the cleaning was $1160. Zinc strips (for a hip roof) would have been $360 more. I felt this was very expensive for one days work with minimal materials used. I have to give them credit though for being very nice on the phone and sending both an email and paper estimate. The estimate was very detailed, included a picture of my house and a copy of their insurance certificate. There was zero sales pressure and I did not have to be home for the estimate. This part of the process was really nice - I just wish the price had been a little more affordable!

-Pam W.

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Wow, i aum surprised you didn't get 10 answers already with roofers say X was the best or N was the best or A was the best. In reality you are focusing on the WRONG THING!

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.
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I appreciate the fact that with homeowners like you who want to beat the insurance co out of deductibles, so then my rates and every other homeowners rates can also go up just to save you.....Thanks for NOTHING..[8o|]
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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.

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The question was, Can it be done? The answer is yes. The real question is "Should" it be done? The answer is, no, not unless it is an emergency.   But also let's clarify winter, because we are having a pretty mild winter, so there's kinda not a problem this year so far. I'll refrence "below freezing" from this point forward.

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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Sounds like wet felt to me. What process did the roofers use when replacing the roof? Did they tear it off and felt it in on day one and then shingle it on day two?   This method is frowned upon with organic felt paper because it leaves the felt exposed to morning dew.  Moisture such as dew will cause the felt to wrinkle.  Or if the roofers got caught in a rain and didn't protect the felt from the rain but kept on shingling this can also happen. 

The wrinkles will lay down flat if allowed to dry before first installing the shingles. However this is a waste of time. This is why I live by two 1 rule, never tear off more than you can put back in the same day, and if by some chance you opened more than you can shingle, tarp it. Felt is not water tight. 

I really am only speculating. Without seeing it I really can't give an accurate answer. 

There are a few other possible reasons, and framing (actually sheathing) is another possible reason. If the plywood is fastened improperly or if the plywood was installed without a gap between the boards for expansion and contraction, ripples can also occur.   The difference is you will see the ripples spaced very evenly 4' or 8' to match the spacing of the plywood.  If it is the case of improper fastening of the plywood, meaning the fasteners missed the framing so nothing is holding the plywood and it warps, you could easily depress the warped plywood with your foot. If the plywood actually buckled due to lack of expansion gap, you would not easily be able to depress with your foot.  If the roofer didn't install the plywood, it wouldn't really be his fault, though if he or his crew saw it when working and didn't fix it then they probably should have. But I am not going to play the blame game unless I know exactly what the cause is.


A storm ripped through the area two years ago. The storm chasers use the cheapest possible shingles, and I am seeing something I haven't seen before. I am only guessing but what it looks like to me is like the shingles are expanding too much and causing the ripple effect I mentioned above in regards to plywood and the lack of expansion gap. The difference is there is no expansion gap required with shingles.  This affect is something I never saw before and is only related to one cheap commodity dog house shingle which alot of cheapo roofers like to use.  I've been roofing 14 years and this year is the first time I have been seeing this particular problem. It seems to come and go, which also tells me expansion is some how involved. I don't think you'd be able to depress it with your foot, though I've never tried.


Can you post some pictures?   
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To answer simply, yes, shingles can be defective, but most shingles are not rated for hail storms and therefore not covered by warranty replacement.  The shingles available through box stores are the lower line choices available and although they have good ratings on wind-speed, etc. they usually only come with a manufacturer warranty which depreciates quickly once purchased.  This sounds like an insurance claim to me; I used to work for a roofing company and here in the Northwest, we don't get much hail, but I have owned a house in Florida and experienced the damage a real storm can do.  I would suggest you have a couple of contractors look at the problem and see if the damage can be repaired instead of replacing the whole roof unless you have massive plywood sheeting damage under the shingles.

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Asperheim Roofing

686 Albion Rd
Edgerton

Christopher Ross Contracting LLC

1360 Regent St, STE 114
Madison

Craig Korb Construction

PO Box 259003
Madison

Detail Contracting, LLC

N550 7th Ct
Coloma

Diversified Contracting LLC

PO Box 314
Wisconsin Dells

Easy Way

1310 Baitinger Ct
Sun Prairie

Facility Concepts Plus

405 Santa Maria Dr.
Arlington

Fix'm Home Repairs LLC

PO Box 620795
Middleton

Four Seasons Services

PO Box 731
Stoughton

Get The Streak Out

Loftsgordon Ave
Madison

GottaPro Carpentry

3918 Sycamore Ave
Madison

Green Window Cleaning Services, LLC

1750 Stonehaven Dr
Sun Prairie

Gutter Flow 7 LLC

2517 Targhee St
Madison

Guttersmiths Exteriors

443 Lincoln Drive
Sun Prairie

Handy Harry LLC

730 15th St.
Prairie Du Sac

Hurley's New Lawns

13838 Townsend Rd.
Evansville

M J LANDSCAPES INC

P.O. Box 309
Lake Mills

Madison Window Services

1108 South Perry

Over the Top Roofing & Construction

N59 W14464 Bobolink Ave
Menomonee Falls

Paramount Home Services LLC

203 Phillips Blvd.
Sauk City

Paramount Roofing & Siding, LLC

4606 Pflaum Rd.
Madison

Pro Woodcare/Professional Pressure Cleaning Inc

W194 N11492 McCromick Dr
Germantown

Property Image LLC

PO Box 44181
Madison

Quantum Express Network

5540 Gerend Rd.
Waunakee

Rain-Tite Construction

351 1ST Street
Prairie Du Sac

Ready Roofing

W7834 Hwy 18
Fort Atkinson

Roof-to-Deck Restoration

808 Carmichael Rd
Hudson

Sawvell Roofing & Siding LLC

N3222 Valley Rd
Oconomowoc

Stephenson's Siding & Exterior LLC

314 Trapp st.
Sun Prairie

SYSTEM AND REPAIRS

PO BOX 3091
Madison

The Gardner Co

2691 Hwy V
Sun Prairie

URBAN REMODELING

4603 MONONA DR
Madison

Window Valet

2620 Parmeter St.
Middleton

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