I realize this is extreme, but I’m tired of amateur hour going on.
I’m a home owner, who hired a certified roofer (also a gen contractor) to do my 43square, 4/12 single story roof.
He’s putting atlas pinnacle with the scotchguard/copper. I’m sceptical of the copper claim, as my job is spraying retention ponds in Florida. I use chelated copper or copper sulfate as the primary algaecide; however, I can’t tell you the number of ponds I treat copper resistant algae on. Algae will become resistant to copper after regular treatments, so we’ll see what happens with this new atlas product!
Moving on, although not written in the scope of work, the contractor and I had a verbal agreement, repeated many times to replace an existing 40 year old galvanized chimney box that surrounds the still good flue, included in the job but charged at $55/sheet of wood. The existing chimney box leaked at the valley and had no cricket.
We’re on day 6 of the job, and the tear off (double layer) is done, but he just called me trying to spell the chimney box for $2k, saying that it will require a cricket.
Little does the roofer know I’m a hobby carpenter who has a full fledged wood shop in the garage. I’ve built two wood boats, furniture, cabinets, etc.
He gives me some song and dance about how a 24"x24" box requires framing and a cricket. And he’s not sure I understand just how complex a cricket is. The box too will require framing.
I’m out of town, and traveling home now. I’m thinking about telling him to collect his tools and get off my roof.
Reasons: 1) he’s trying to take advantage of the situation (me out of town, roof half done) to get an up spell that’s outrageous. If he quoted $500, reasonable. $2,000… my bloods boiling
6 days on 40 squares… am I wrong in expectations of a 2 or 3 day job? We haven’t had any weather delays
considering the prior roof failed at the chimney valley, wouldn’t it be prudent to put a cricket in? The chimney is pretty far from the ridge, it’s Florida, and that’s a lot of rain/water. I get it, a good flashing job “shouldn’t” fail, but a cricket just seems like good practice. The fact this wasn’t in his original plans indicates to me a corner cut.
Am I wrong to tell him to leave?
Also, if I’ve lost faith in the installer, I’ve lost faith in the atlas product. How do I get atlas to take back the unused shingles as the roof is only half done.
Not sure if I’m going to pay the guy, or just swallow a partial bill. Seriously, I’m pretty fair with people, golden rule and all. But when I feel I’m getting squeezed, I don’t tolerate that we’ll.