Recent Review: We pretty much knew we wanted to hire the crew at Agate Beach Building as soon as we started talking to owner Bob Hein about the new roof and repairs needed on the family's 80-year-old beach cottage. We collected 4 written bids for the work (2 others promised bids and never delivered). Agate Beach's quote for the roof was essentially the same price as 2 of the other 3 bids, but included much more detail about what would be done to remedy attic bird intrusion, how adequate ventilation would be provided given the conversion from cedar shake roof to asphalt shingle, and materials and techniques that would be used. The roof work was a typical fixed-price bid, but dry rot repairs were based on time and materials because the extent of damage under the floor and behind the walls of the porch was unknown. In the end, the total cost was slightly less than Bob's estimate of what total costs would run, despite the fact we had added 2 more items to the work order. Granted, this was due in part to the fact the hidden damage was less extensive than Bob feared it might be, but given some of our conversations with other contractors, I'd have to say his assessment of the work that would be required was the most accurate. Bob told us his experience included time working for a roofing manufacturer on warranty claims, which gave him a lot of first-hand knowledge about all the installation mistakes that can negatively affect the performance of a roof over time. We liked the fact that Bob personally works on the job -- doesn't just turn it over to employees -- but also that he works with a crew of about 5 guys, so the job goes much quicker than it would with someone working alone or with only one other person. Another thing I appreciated was Bob's ability to know what really needs fixing and what can be left alone. We had one contractor tell us, as part of his bid, that all siding needed to be replaced and underlying rot issues addressed at a cost of approximately $15,000 over and above the cost of a new roof. Bob concluded there was no rot under the siding that needed attention, and that replacement of siding in several areas, at a cost of several hundred dollars, would suffice when combined with a good caulking and painting job next season. In other words, we got the sense that Bob has a good feel for what is needed and what is not, that he will NOT "pad" the job with unnecessary work, but won't cut corners either. At some point we will need to replace framing around a couple of our windows where there is some decay, but elected not to do that work now because it would have added significant costs to the job. Bob supported that decision, telling us it was something that could be done at some time in the future without putting us as risk of a much bigger problem. The roof and repairs look good. The job was done in a little more than a week with everything cleaned up and hauled away. So we're quite happy with the work.