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"The were on time, went to work immediately, knowing I wasn't there and didn't bother my wife. When I arrived they were well into the job and finished sooner" than I expected. Everything looked great. They were very nice and professional. I highly recommend them and will let people know of my excellent experience with them.

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-Carol U.

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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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Attic ventilation is a science that is unique to the architecture of each building. There are no one size fits all solutions. There is no "better" as a blanket statement without knowing more about the structure. 

 

Ridge vent works well, with proper initake. All ventilations work more effeciently with intake, but some like ridge vent won't work at all without equal or greater intake when measured in Net Free Area (NFA). 

      

Commonly if you have a hip roof, you may not have adequate ridge length for a ridge vent. This is a a VERY common mistake I see from unskilled roofers. For example a house with a 1,000 sq ft attic space would need not less than 27 linear foot of a good quality ridge vent like Air Vent II.  That is to say if your house is 1,000 sq ft at the foot print, and you don't have at least 27' of ridge, a ridge vent is not Better, but is Worse. 

     

Typically my rule of thumb is to stay away from ridge vent on hip roofs.  So what then?  Well I will then normally install what are sometimes called canned/mushroom.turtle style breather vents.  The same 1,000 sq ft home would need only 3 vent, assuming they have 144 NFA each. Without an intake you would need to double this number to make 6 roof vents.   

 

     I am not really a fan of turbines, aka whirrly birds. They do work, but they have been known to break down and are reliant on the wind. Without the wind they are nothing more than big ol' breather vents on the roof.  If you chose to have turbines installed the "book" would say that you need 3 if they are 14" vents. However since they are not always whirling around, I'd say add another for safety sake. For this reason, as well as cosmetics, I would encourage you to consider the 144 NFA mushroom/turtle vents instead.

 

   

 

One thing most people agree upon is that you do NOT mix exhaust ventilations. Don't put turbines with ridge vent. Don't put mushrooms with ridge vents. Don't put mushrooms with fans near by.  THis creates a short circuit meaning the two fight each other.   Think if your turbine is spinning. It is pulling air. It is supposed to pull air from the soffit/intake vents. However it will choose the path of least resistance and pull air from the closest opening, ie: the ridge vent. This is why they call it a short circuit, it will interupt the path of air flow from the soffit and thus most of your attic will not be properly ventilated.

 

 

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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?   

Roof Cleaning reviews in Providence

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My overall experience was excellent. The gentleman arrived at my home at the scheduled time. When he arrived he took a look at my gutters and explained to me that my gutter guards needed to be replaced - just about everything you can think of was getting through them anyway - and that he could not clean the gutters until they were removed. I asked him if he could do it and he did, also advising me that I should get new/higher quality gutter guards before the fall comes (my home is pretty much surrounded by large trees). He did the job for only $200 which I thought was a great price. He was professional, informative, prompt, and thorough. I couldn't have asked for better service.
- Jonathan R.
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It was annoying to be offered service that was not in my area and then be continually pestered to write a review on a service not provided. It was not the provider's fault that they didn't provide the service. They were inexperienced in using the web site.
- Susan J M.
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Except for finding a card from
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in my front door and getting an invoice for extra spraying I can't verify the provider showed up or did anything. There is still green moss on the overhang over the back door and lots of brown moss on the shed. Nothing has sloughed off.
I tried to make an appointment on a day I would be there but they said they would be in the area on another day and I didn't have to be at home.
So far I am dissatisfied with the non-results. It rained hard yesterday, nothing washed off the roof of the house or shed.
- CJ J.
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, three appointments broke each one, said couldn't do it. reimbursed, they called a fourth time they found the problem and they would come out and do inspection for free, they were worried about feedback came out and resolved the issue. (on the fourth attempt).
- Karen H.
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My roof is 22 years old. It had really bad black streaks on it and looked awful.
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has not only made it look new again, but getting all the mold and algae off of the shingles has prolonged the life of the roof so that we will get many more years of life out of it before having it replaced. I would recommend this company to anyone needing their roof, outside of their house, driveway, or deck cleaned!
- Laura L.
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was right on time and was prepared to work. He is a complete professional with very high standards. He showed great care when cleaning our roof to ensure that the windows did not get dirty. We like that the chemicals were Shrub and animal friendly. I would use
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. Its very refreshing to see a contractor who does what he says.
- Richard H.
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Quality of the work was outstanding. We had a very heavy moss growth and
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spent several days to apply multiple applications to
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all the moss. We were very happy with the work and intend to hire them again for maintenance roof cleaning.
- James B.
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The
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completed a pressure washing package to clean our roof, pressure wash the vinyl siding, gutters, concrete driveway, concrete walkway, concrete patios, and pressure washed two large decks and the glass railings. The services took two days and the crew that was assigned did a good and thorough job, and cleaned up all the debris. We will definitely use their services again. Thank you, The
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- Gordon I.

Roof Cleaners in Providence

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A-1 Roofing & Construction

18 J H Dwyer Dr
Middletown

A-Z Cleaning Services

143 Union Avenue
Harrisville

A.J.H. Construction

186 vernon street
Warren

AAA Painting

66 Lawn St
Providence

Above All Roofing

1303 Eddie Dowling Hwy
North Smithfield

AFFORDABLE SIDING CO., INC.

PO Box 7063
Warwick

AMERICAN EAGLE PAINTING

1120 Atwood Ave
Johnston

And It's Fixed Handyman

118 Oberlin Drive
Warwick

AR POWERSTREAM

59 ingraham st
East Providence

Ares Construction

314 Tiogue Ave
Coventry

Atlantic paint and power wash

780 boston neck rd
Narragansett

B & D Roofing/Siding

716 Centre of NE Blvd
Coventry

Better Than A Husband

North Kingstown

Blue Wave Projects Inc

356 MANTON AVE
Providence

Brito Lawn Care Inc

PO BOX 3916
Pawtucket

Century Roofing

52 Oceanside Dr

Clayville Construction

1700 Cranston st.
Cranston

CMG Roofing Co. LLC

176 Hanover Ave
Pawtucket

COTE JB CONSTRUCTION INC

256 RAILROAD ST
Manville

Couto Construction Inc

478 North Front St

Craig Paris Construction

45 Burnside Ave.
Newport

CRITTER CONTROL OF GRI

14 LORRAINE RD
Westerly

CUSTOM CONCEPTS

72 WAUREGAN DR
Warwick

DBA Dereck Curran

20 Princeton Ave
Warwick

DJ's Paint & Wallpaper

20 Bullard Street

Duradek New England

135 teft hill trail
Exeter

East Side Construction

21 Dexter Road
East Providence

Eco-Friendly Roof Cleaning

247 Farnum Pike
Smithfield

Ferschke Construction LLC

156 scenery lane
Johnston

G&C Construction

Whipple St and Cash St

GO2DUMP LLC

144 New Road

Green Gorilla Cleaning LLC

10 Bel Air Dr
Chepachet

Grow and Mow

81 Armour St

Hanson Home Improvements

Church Street
Woonsocket

HCA Pre Cut Systems LLC

22 Wampanaug Trail
West Greenwich

HD Home Improvements

199 south bend st.
Pawtucket

Ideal Building Concepts

354 Victory Hwy
North Smithfield

John Terney Construction Inc

438 Providence St
West Warwick

John the Roofer Co

4 Bella Rosa Dr

Johnny C's Roofing Inc

75 Valleybrook Dr

Kevin Manchester

Narragansett

Maroni Bros. Painting Co.

46 Brenton Ct.
North Kingstown

MARTIN HOME IMPROVEMENT INC

87 MADISON ST
Pawtucket

MD Enterprises

199 mishnock rd

Nicholas J Battey Construction, INC

35 Bluff Road
Barrington

Pannoni Home Improvements

18 Primrose Rd
Bristol

Performance Environmental Services, LLC

60 Edmund Street
East Providence

Precision Painting & Restoration LLC.

40 Mt. Vernon Blvd
Pawtucket

Pros Home Services Inc

449 Boston Post Rd E

RB Construction

Pawtucket

Renaissance Roofing

75 Violette Cir

Rhode Island Property Services

241 West Allenton Road
North Kingstown

Robinson Roofing Inc

15 Eben Brown Ln
Central Falls

Roof Cleaning Solutions

141 Mayflower Heights Dr.

ServiceTask

68 Dorrance St
Providence

Shilling Power Washing

P.O. 712
Ashaway

Souza and son construction

504 warren ave
East Providence

Stephen T Haun Inc

185 Sherburne St
Providence

Thibeault Home Improvement

39 Danforth street

Tony Resendes Construction

276 Meridian Street

Tony V Construction

625 Pontiac Ave
Cranston

TRL Exterior Maintenance

201 Belleville Rd

Veteran Contractors

73 Prospect St
Cumberland

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