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"My square footage was larger that I realised - I didn't take into account that the slope of a roof adds more square footage to what you would normally measure" a house - but it only added a slight amount. I opted for the "healthier" treatment which was worth the little extra since we have a dog, kids, and plants around the house. The 2 guys who did the job were super friendly and professional. This was the first Angies List Deal I ever purchased and it was a great experience.

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"Everything was excellent. The provider kept us updated with texts when he would arrive.After he arrived, the provider and his staff went to work immediately. After" they were done the roof looked like it was brand new. I would highly recommend
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-Elaine P.

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Asphalt shingles are on about two-thirds of the roofs across the U.S. And, in most cases, homeowners can expect them to last 20 to 25 years.

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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?   

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Wonderful. Did job in one day. Tri level larger home. Crew was amazing worked very hard and acted very professional. The job site kept clean. The end result was better than anticipated. I would highly recommend
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for roof needs. Thank you.
- edward S.
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After a few missed connections on establishing a meeting time,
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and crew did an outstanding job cleaning a large roof on a ranch home. I shopped several vendors before easily agreeing to
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's very competitive quote (others wanted 2x to 3x more - near the price of replacing the roof itself!). They were mindful of house siding and shrubs and did a great job. Very highly recommended, will use again.
- DAVID C.
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he is quite knowledgable in roof maint. ,types of cleaning and correct material. I asked for a yearly maint. price and found his company to be 160.00 cheaper then my past roof cleaners. having been a general contractor years go i can appreciate doing business with someone who shows up on time and does good work.
- tim E.
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I asked for an estimate beforehand. I got various estimates and out of all the companies that came out, their prices were very competitive, compared to others. I felt like I was getting a great service at a reasonable price. this company came across as the most professional and experienced in regards to the work that I needed to be done. they are very detailed oriented. when they had completed the job that I hired them for, i asked the owner of the company, whom is hands on, what other services they provided and they do pretty much do anything that your home needs and I would definitely recommend them.
- eladio C.
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showed up right on time and went right to work. He was very polite and very friendly. After the work was done everything looked good but the roof was still wet so I couldn't really tell if all the mildew was cleaned off. The next day I looked and thought I saw a couple of places that had a faint residue of mold. I called and
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was right back out to touch up those placed. I don't think you could get a better company to help with cleaning your roof. It was a very good experience.
- Zeb R.
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and his assistant did an excellent job. They were professional and very courteous. I was very pleased with the finished result. I will definitely hire them again.
- Jeannette J.
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This guy was amazing, They showed up on time and were professional.
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explain to me the process and also explained to me that housing shrubs and bushes needed to be wet down to prevent the chemical from damaging my bushes. The roof looked 100 times better than before he started. Afterwards we noticed that there were some remaining stains on the roof.
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returned to the home to do a second treatment and now our roof looks like a new roof. We have already referred
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to a neighbor and will continue to do so.
- Madolyn D.
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Do not use this service if you care about your yard or plants. I wanted environmentally friendly service and was assured that the special formula was safe and there would be little or no harm done. A number of plants bordering my house have been damaged. The gutter drains were not protected so the chemicals ran into my grass and flower beds damaging if not killing, it's too soon to know, what was there. My potted plants .... herbs, flowers, etc which I had moved away from the house and was told "no worries" have all been badly burned and will have to be either cut down or replaced. My hibiscus which were full, green, and full of blooms are all yellow and dropping leaves and blooms alike.
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which was full of blooms is now burned and damaged. Grass along the perimeter of my house and driveway is yellow. There was also a very strong odor of chlorine that lasted for two days. Even after a shower I smelled of chlorine to the point that a friend I went to pick up told me I smelled like bleach. I know that unfortunately we sometimes have to accept a certain inconvenience with maintenance services but in ten years of having my roof cleaned I have never experienced this level of aggressiveness from the chemicals used. My roof was not very dirty. I have it cleaned every year because I don't want to have to use any kind of invasive chemicals. The most disappointing part is that I had specifically asked if the chemicals being used were strong and said that I did not want anything that smelled like bleach. I was told that it was necessary to use a small amount of chlorine in order to control the mildew but it would be very mild. While I am hoping that I will not
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any plants, there is no question that my plants and grass will suffer for quite a while not to mention that my husband and I were forced to breath the fumes for a couple of days.

- Patricia J.

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A Better Roofing Company

4126 AIRPORT WAY S
Seattle

A Cut Above Roofing LLC

422 East 61st street
Tacoma

A Step Above Window & Gutter Cleaning

16025 NE 165th St
Woodinville

A1 Lawn Service

2002 Westridge Ave W
University Place

AA Side X Side Construction

309 SW 372nd St
Federal Wy

AA Window and Gutter Cleaning

8826 122nd Ave NE
Kirkland

Aaron Carter Construction LLC

120 41st Ave NE
Olympia

About Time Enterprise Inc

1528 N Prospect St
Tacoma

Achten's Quality Roofing

410 112th St S
Tacoma

Advanced Construction &Remodeling

12218 4th Ave Ct E
Tacoma

All About You Construction

1012 N 36th St
Renton

ALL AMERICAN CHIMNEY SERVICE

29222 112TH AVE SE
Auburn

All Clear

526 N West Avenue
Arlington

ALL IN ONE MAINTENANCE SERVICES

1007 military rd e
Tacoma

All Painting & Remodeling LLC

2103 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia

All Services NW

5324 - 84th St E
Tacoma

ALLWAYS ROOF & PRESSURE WASH

5902 14TH STREET CT NE
Tacoma

Alpha & Omega Construction

6011 7th Ave SE
Lacey

Ameriserv Roofing and Construction

10039 14th Ave SW
Seattle

Anderson Handyman Services Inc

72 Ira Light St
Steilacoom

Atlantic Tile & Granite

7817 S 210th St
Kent

Austin Brothers Services

1118 85th St E
Tacoma

Banner Moving and Transport

6318 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma

Beautiful Day

2905 S 7th St
Tacoma

Big Mike's Painting & Pressure Washing

12818 8th Avenue South 98168
Burien

BLUE VASE SERVICES

1600 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way

C & H SERVICES

23913 Witte Rd Se
Maple Valley

C & L Lawn Maintenance

2255 EISENHOWER AVE SE
Port Orchard

Capitol Cleaning

5319 28th Ave S
Seattle

Champion Cleaning Services

6840 Lakeside St. SW
Olympia

Chet's Roofing & Construction

26301 79th Ave S
Kent

Clean Green Restoration

120 State Avenue NE
Olympia

Craft Star SPC

15745 Vail Rd SE
Yelm

Danny Thomas ProClean

32432 42Nd Pl. S
Federal Way

David's Roof Cleaning and Repair LLC

1457 N Bennett St
Tacoma

Doxa Painting & Services

2312 Beech Ave.
Steilacoom

Duncan Landscaping & Tree Service

6903 124th St E
Puyallup

EDWARD'S EXTERIORS

2301 120TH ST E
Tacoma

ENSLOW ROOFING

10404 8TH AVE S
Tacoma

Exterior Intergrated Services

22616 2nd pl west
Bothell

Exteriors Inc

1516 Se 120th Ave
Vancouver

Gere Construction LLC

2814 North Warner ST
Tacoma

Guardian Roofing

417 99th St E
Tacoma

Gutter Girls LLC

2149 Long Lake Rd SE
Port Orchard

Handy Randy

25916 Sumner Buckley Hwy E
Buckley

Harbor Home Pro

193 Raft Island Dr
Gig Harbor

HOME TEAM

PO BOX 692
Maple Valley

Honey Do Helpers

2724 San Juan St
Coupeville

Honeydew Construction LLC

4015 South K Street
Tacoma

Horizon Building Inc.

8624 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma

JC Painting & Remodeling

7980 Phillips Rd SE
Port Orchard

Johnson Roofing LLC

12117 Gravelly Lake Dr SW
Lakewood

K&H Developments

29707 4th Ave SW
Federal Way

Lincoln Gutters

2602 S 38th
Tacoma

Marek Industry

PO Box 234
Tacoma

McMains Roofing Inc

223 108th St S
Tacoma

Mears Roofing

4111 S 294th st
Auburn

Miracle Home Improvements

PO Box 6993
Tacoma

Miracle Painting and Remodeling

7030 Meridian Rd SE
Olympia

Narrowspro

9018 144th Street Ct NW
Gig Harbor

NGC SERVICES

2401 N. Cedat
Tacoma

NGC Services

2401 N Cedar St
Tacoma

No Problem Construction

304 1st Ave E
Pacific

NORTHWEST TILE ROOFING LLC

14720 SE AUBURN BLACK DIAMOND RD
Auburn

NW Pro Services Inc

1507 Lilly Rd NE
Olympia

NW Window Washing

PO Box 9413
Tacoma

Olympia Construction Inc

3015 Pacific Ave SE
Olympia

Painterman Northwest inc.

17303 25th Avenue Ct E
Tacoma

PRITCHETT'S ROOFING INC

9112 HIGHLAND AVE SW
Lakewood

Puget Painting & Remodeling

1208 Tullis St NE
Olympia

Pyroshield of Washington

13819 Meridian E
Puyallup

QUICK & CLEAR SERVICES, INC.

PO BOX 58714
Renton

Quintana and Sons

3323 SW 344th St
Federal Way

Rain Pros Inc

1402 Lake Tapps Pkwy E
Auburn

RAINIER HANDYMAN SERVICES

536 Spiketon Road
Buckley

Rainier Roof Restoration

PO Box 65966
University Place

Raygor Construction, LLC

6018 Alameda Ave W
University Place

RCA Construction & Drain Wizard

1625 East 72nd St 700-209
Tacoma

Redwood's Service Co

804 S Proctor St
Tacoma

Reliable Property Solutions

P.O. BOX 45
Graham

ROOF THERAPY INC

3800A BRIDGEPORT WAY W
Tacoma

Rooftop Services LLC

PO Box 1034
Gig Harbor

Santini General Contractings LLC

11242 432 av se
North Bend

Saxon Painting

406 112th St E
Tacoma

Shutt's Painting

3541 East T St
Tacoma

Sprague Pest Solutions

2725 Pacific Ave
Tacoma

SPT LLC

1804 N. Jefferson St.
Kennewick

Stewart Roofing Inc

30045 16th Avenue SW
Federal Way

Swan And Sons Painting

po box 175
Puyallup

Tedrick's Roofing Inc

37220 188th Ave SE
Auburn

THE CAVEMAN JANITORIAL SERVICES

11202 6TH AVE E
Tacoma

The Roof Doctor Inc

5620 S Adams St
Tacoma

The Roof Medic

22604 16th Ave S
Des Moines

The Window Man

4906 north 30th
Tacoma

Today's Interiors & Exteriors

2901 North 15Th Street
Tacoma

Town & Country Roofing Inc

6301 Capitol Blvd SW
Tumwater

Triax Construction Group, LLC.

P.O. BOX 1196
Auburn

TruQuality Home Services, LLC

540 Ryan Rd. Unit A
Buckley

United Roofing Solutions

3703 Fuller Ln SE
Olympia

VanCleave Homes

@gmail
Tacoma

West Coast Windows

11820 SE 304th St
Auburn

Your Handyman

6710 Cavalier St SW
Olympia

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