We have lived in our house almost 20 years and the cedar shake roof was on there at least 7 years before that. 8 years ago my son said he thought it made our house look like a haunted house and it had gone downhill since then. After every strong wind there would be shingles found on the ground all around the house. The shake roof had been put right on top of the existing asphalt shingles and the roof only ever leaked around the guest bathroom vent when the wind blew just right. Over the years a poorly made porch cover had fallen down revealing rotting wood where it has attached to the front. We also had two skylights that had cracked years ago, a massive evaporative cooler that hadn’t functioned for 13 years, and gas plumbing to the air conditioner that was not up to code. We have a ranch style 3 bedroom 2 bath house – 1760 sq. ft. – with an attached 2 car garage. The estimate came in at $9,371 with an additional flat fee of $350 for a subcontractor to come in and remove the evaporative cooler and rework the attic ductwork. We received a price sheet for any carpentry that might be needed and were prepared to pay around $500 given the visible work that we knew needed to be done. We looked at some websites to select the shingles of our choice and were consulted during the estimate on which ones fit into our neighborhood and which ones didn’t. They told us during that estimate that our gas plumbing was put in wrong and would have to be fixed before they could install and we got another Angie’s List A-lister on it immediately. They also found a problem with the gas water heater venting. The estimate was performed on July 10th, and the work was scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st. We thought we would work company that installed our last air conditioner to remove the evap cooler unit and perhaps save some money, but they quoted us a price $400 dollars higher, so we called Lyons right back and asked them to include that in the contract. Throughout July we had the Gas work performed – another excellent Angie’s list review given to Apple Plumbing – and coordinated schedules and contractors. Lyons arrived promptly at 6:00 with a large crew and had guessed the tear off of the old roof would be done between 10 and 11. We schedule the plumber to pop the new gas line that was already stubbed in the attic and the new water heater vent at that time; however, the roofing crew encountered a giant problem. The cedar shakes were not installed correctly. Instead of roofing nails, the roof had been installed with giant iron nails that had to be pulled out by hand instead of the traditional method. Once all of the was gone the old asphalt roof had to be removed and any damaged wood replaced. It took the crew until 6:30 to get that done, the evaporative cooler removed and re-vented, and the wood replaced. Through it all they were very professional, upbeat, kept us informed every bit of the way, told us exactly what would happen and covered the landscape with tarps. They had the whole thing cleaned up beautifully, going over the yard with magnetic rollers to pick up any nails. You could not have told they were there by the time they were finished. It was a very hot grueling day for those workers, but they were fantastic. Due to the possibility of monsoon storms, they made sure that everything was put together well enough to weather any storm and they came back bright and early the next morning. Due to the extended amount of time to remove the roof, and Lyon’s roofing wanted to be on schedule for other jobs, we had a smaller crew putting the new shingles on the roof and it took Wednesday through Friday to get that completed. The smaller crew was excellent and they kept plodding away, getting the complexity of the plumbing and vent jacks and the complex angles at the front taken care of Wednesday and Thursday and then doing the entire backside in a day. Had the roof come off as expected, I have no doubt the larger crew would have this completed much faster, but we made it clear that it was not an issue for us, content with the speed, quality, and professionalism we were getting, as well as the excellent coordination with our other contractors. The roof was completed on Friday with the vent jacks, plumbing, and attic turbines painted to match the roof. New drip line was installed around the house and the two new skylights are in and providing much better lighting than before. The cleanup was fantastic. Phil came back to explain the warranties and to settle up and they stuck to the original estimate in spite of the much more difficult tear down. Carpentry came in a little under what was expected. The roof is fantastic. Now my wife wants to paint! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Lyons roofing and I will have them back out to put the roof on a large storage shed I am building.