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We have had some high winds several times in the last year where we found roofing shingles on our lawn afterwards. Some even the other day.

I have never had the wonderful experience of doing any roofing work, other than one day with a roofing company and I was fired the next day. Good thing, I couldn't even hardly walk after squatting the whole day taking down roofing paper for hot stuff on a flat roof. I have never been so happy to be fired in my life. Horrible to squat all day long and not even be able to put down a knee.

In any case, what do I need to know. I have called 3 companies which appear to have the highest ratings in our area. Only one answered the phone directly and will call back in a few minutes. The last 4 numbers on his phone are 4440. Is this a sign???? (Just kidding, but he is the only one to actually answer the phone directly)

Will see how it goes and what the contracts will entail.

PS I just got a call back from one of the folks that says he is an insurance adjustor specialist or something like that and he wants me to sign a contract BEFORE the estimate that he will get the roofing work for only the price of our deductible. I told him I am not going to sign a contract before I get an estimate. He said he doesn't work that way so I said goodbye.
Call your insurance company, tell them windstorm blew your roof off.
They may send someone out to fix it, and insurance will pay for it.
....you may have to find someone yourself and post the bill to insurance, but most companies these days will have someone that they normally use for whatever your problem is.
 
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IKO are as cheap as their price reflects. Do you want a fifteen year roof or a twenty five year roof ? Yah gets what’s yah pays for, just saying.
I have finally selected one of 3 contractors to do the roof. They are actually the preferred contractor that USAA has for our area. I got a call from the project manager today and we are scheduled for the week September 21-25th and will know for certain, depending on weather of course, the exact date soon.

The contractor prefers IKO products, I am sure they get a discount for using them almost exclusively, but they do also offer GAF. USAA has authorized for their part $83.00 per square. The GAF Timberline falls into that price range so the contractor has agreed to use that product.

My wife and I will pick the color in the next couple of days.

Please pray for all to go well with this project but at present, I feel well with where we are at.

Thank you all again for all of your advice. And yes, I ran into a couple of used car dealers on this one. The first contractor went up on the roof, came down and said, you need an entire roof which I will do for $8000 but never gave me a written estimate and he would use IKO. He never mentioned the fact I needed a drip edge which the insurance company has left to me to get since it was not on the original roof.

USAA has given $5500 for 3/5 slopes. The total price is a bit of 11,000 for the entire house including the new drip edge.

THe 3rd contractor stated it would be $16,000 - $19,000 depending on if I upgraded the GAF shingles. He further stated the edging I needed 1100 linear feet while the contractor I went with stated it was only 624 ft. Obviously the bid from the 3rd was padding to their budget.

The contractor I am going with will use the GAF products under the tiles for their warrantee.

I believe I have covered all the bases I need to cover from what all of you have recommended. I talked to my brother the other day and he spent 12,000 on a roof with a smaller house in ME so I am pretty close to where we need to be according to different web sites. And for where I am, for a company that gave me what I wanted, a down to the penny estimate, is approved by USAA as their preferred contractor in the area, they are within, but a bit more than I had hoped to spend and are going to get to the roof before deep winter sets in. The contractor stated all we need is one warm day for the shingles to set well in the sun so I am praying for a bit of Indian summer to come to us in late September and October.

Thank you again for all of your help. It is greatly appreciated.
 

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Well, it begins. The first thing I note, that I was not aware, is that the company I contracted with (Compass Construction) subcontracted to Garcia Roofing in Spokane and there is a 7 man crew and only one speaks broken English. The rest only Spanish. Their foreman is not with them, just a 7 man crew. In 30 minutes, they had more than half the roof stripped already.

Not many reviews on Google but they are all 5/5 for whatever that will mean with only 6 reviews.

garcia roofing spokane reviews
 

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Well, roof is stripped and waterproofed with tar paper.

I did make a mistake that I thought I didn't make. I had almost of all of my conversations with this company on telephone and thought we had more documented in writing by email or text. I did get the GAF shingles I wanted in text but not the accessory. We discussed on the telephone getting the warranty and I was under the impression that would be shingles and 3 products.

Now I find out that they used a non-GAF tar paper and will have GAF shingles, starter and ridges by GAF which gives me ONLY the minimum warranty and not the warranty I wanted. Not happy but can't do anything about it at this point.

Even with a "reputable" company, you have to know more than they do.

I put up two outbuildings on our property 6 years ago. The first time I have ever done that. We learned a lot about what not to do with that experiment which is likely the first and only time we will ever do that.

Likewise, I am learning as I go along what more I should do. Once again, I thought I had it all in writing, but they did the details on the telephone. I should have followed up with confirmation in writing.

I will not give the final check until I have their warranty in writing.

Sadly, I won't be able to get the tar paper I had wanted.

Be careful with these folks. They are not your friend and they are not there to necessarily help you make the best decisions. They are looking out for their own hide more than you.

Oh well, live and learn.

By God's grace, we should nevertheless get a good quality roof that will last perhaps 25-30 years and not have to worry about a warranty. I guess I am back to trusting in the Lord for this one as well. What a concept. ]

And the way this world is unfolding, it is looks like I won't have to worry about another roof 10-20 years down the road anyway.
 

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Dont ever sign for a estimate.

Dont run up the bill either as I need all the SSA from USAA every year--54 yr member. With all the stuff ion LA and now Texas it will be a bad year for insurance Cos.
 

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Dont ever sign for a estimate.

Dont run up the bill either as I need all the SSA from USAA every year--54 yr member. With all the stuff ion LA and now Texas it will be a bad year for insurance Cos.
Live and learn but I had thought we had a different understanding in our texts and phone calls. When I went back and reviewed the tests, they didn't have that documented.

In the end, I am getting a great roof with a GAF warranty. Just not the better warranty I had thought of. I never hope to need any warranties on any of my products. My 14 year old car is long past its warranty but that is good. My 11 year old truck is way past its warrantee and that is good with only about 60,000 miles to date on the truck and just a little over 100,000 on the car.

By God's grace, both are working well.

I will hope and pray that the roof does as well likewise. The roof they just took off this morning was 24 years old. The inspector for USAA said it was actually in good shape with about 5 more years of life left but for the wind damage.

So, in the end, I am in the Lord's hands and in reality that is the best warrantee anyone can get.
 

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Roof overs are not good, the shingle on the bottom cooks the new shingle from underneath and the sun cooks it from above, new shingles life is cut right in half or less.

I would have slate put on, my roof was done in 1910 beat that people!
I have heard this too, especially in the hot South. I also heard that you shouldn't put a metal roof directly atop a shingle roof. As I heard the metal will sweat underneath over time causing the asphalt shingles and the wood sheathing to rot. It needs air-circulation between the 2. Does anyone know if this is true?
 

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I have heard this too, especially in the hot South. I also heard that you shouldn't put a metal roof directly atop a shingle roof. As I heard the metal will sweat underneath over time causing the asphalt shingles and the wood sheathing to rot. It needs air-circulation between the 2. Does anyone know if this is true?
True.
 

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I have heard this too, especially in the hot South. I also heard that you shouldn't put a metal roof directly atop a shingle roof. As I heard the metal will sweat underneath over time causing the asphalt shingles and the wood sheathing to rot. It needs air-circulation between the 2. Does anyone know if this is true?
BIL they had standing seam metal roof installed. They had have old shingle roof removed beforehand. There old shingle roof was bad shape and they also had addition added onto house.
Be sure check local building codes cause they are often different.
 
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