I had originally planned on doing this job myself the past few years and was going to do it last year but my back went out and I didn’t do it. Then this year I decided it would be best to just let a crew come do it.
I mentioned I was going to get my roof done this year to a guy who roofs. He subs and told me just buy the materials and he would come out and do it (save me $1,000, nothing signed). He blew me off twice while I had a dumpster paid for in my driveway that he told me to get, so I said to hell with him. So then I was telling another person I know about it and he said he does roofing on the side and stopped doing it full time in 2017 and he would come over and help me.
I decided since I already had everything to take him on his offer and see how my back would hold up. We tore off the main roof and ice and watered, felt, and drip edge. I could tell by some of the things he did that maybe he wasn’t as experienced as I thought. I overruled him on how we did a few things, like I wanted the drip edge under the ice and water on the eave not over. Then after we get it all tore off, and all underlayment on he tells me he has never actually shingled lol.
Yeah, I wasn’t feeling to secure on the ice and water and was pretty sore so I decided it would be best at this to try and pay a crew to shingle the roof and do the tear off and everything on the garage before it rains. Or I was just going to rent scaffolding and give a go if nobody would finish it for me.
Thinking since I already started it nobody would give me a real warranty or even take the job I called a local roofing company that said he look at it. He said he usually doesn’t like taking over jobs but what I had done looked good, so he would shingle it and do all of the garage as well.
I bought all owens corning, got duration shingles, weather loc, and pro-armor. I asked him if his guys would do 6 nails, put starters on the rake and what not. He told me anyone who doesn’t do 6 nails is stupid and they would do whatever I wanted.
I have cameras on my house and while I can’t see the main roof I can see the garage. Looking them over, they did lift the step flashing and ice and water under it which I’m happy they did that. The only reason I see this is they bumped my camera, I didn’t have it set to see that low into the garage. What I’m not happy about is the fact they cut shingles on my felt, (which you can see in the felt), cut shingles after partially installing them instead of trimming them before (these are for the different courses). The guys nailed 5 nails instead of 6.
I specifically told the owner I wanted 6 nails and when the installers got here and went over everything with me I mentioned 6 nails to them.
My roof is a 6 pitch so I think 5 nails is ok but we agreed on 6 nails. I’m not going to make a huge fuss over it but I am going to show him the video (if he wants to see) of what I see and I’m interested on what he has to say.
If I had done it myself I would have done 6 nails every shingle and cut on a scrap shingle instead of the felt. I as well would have trimmed my courses BEFORE I nailed them down!
Granted the guy who did this was not the lead installer but he definitely needs told what not to do. I’m not a roofer but I am educated on proper technique. In the end I got what I paid for! Not 100% what I wanted but based off the road that lead me here, it’s good enough for what I paid I suppose.
I should note I have not paid yet, which is why the owner still needs to come back tomorrow (technically today)…I should be sleeping.