Now when I say ordeal, I’m not talking about all negative here. Yeah, I know, the costs could be looked as as negative but mainly I’m speaking of the process.

Many times the thing that prompts you to get a roof replaced are a leak or something going on in the inside of the house. Been there, done that. We had one of those, but surprisingly it probably wasn’t related to the roof. That’s another roof project

Our chimney on the side of the house was leaning about 2″ at the top. Maybe 5 degrees from its original position. When we called a few companies to come out and give us estimates on doing the roof, only one of the companies actually went up on the roof. Their estimator told me about the chimney, which I had just seen, a few minutes earlier while walking another estimator to his car. I was surprised that only one of the companies that we called, even commented on the chimney. Especially considering that the repair would need to be done so that the roofers can properly install flashing around the chimney. Right after we had the chimney repair done, there were a couple days of rain. Just enough that, in the recent past it would have leaked quite a bit. NO LEAKS.

Oh by the way did I say the Chimney Mason, shows up on a Saturday morning, unannounced except for a knock on the door and begins the work, which took a day and a half. I’m not upset about it, I’m just saying…a phone call would have been much appreciated.

The hardest thing about the bidding process was making sure that you were going to get a reputable company. I’ve watched the Holmes on Homes show on TV in he past, where he goes to houses of people that contracted to have some work done. Usually the contractor, screws them over some type of way or short changes their renovation or repair. This story had me somewhat paranoid as I didn’t want to be one of those people. Granted many times they either found someone that didn’t want to get a permit or they ignored red flag after red flag. There were a couple glitches in the process and I wanted to make sure they weren’t true red flags. To this point, the company has appeared to do a good job as promised. Get a few estimates. Check their Better Business Bureau ranking. Google the name and see if their are any hits about the company.

As I write this, they are banging away on our roof. Tearing up the old shingles, replacing some boards, cutting for a ridge vent, etc. It sounds like we have some rogue squirrels beating up our house. My wife Amy, says it sounded like the Jolly Green Giant is kicking our house or the WWE is having a grudge match and flying off the turnbuckles.

At one point I considered doing the roof myself. I’ve helped do maybe three roofs in my adult life, including my neighbor across the street about a few years ago. Now I have a bit of knowledge in a lot of things, but standing on top of two story house is not really my cup of tea. I can and have done it, but I don’t really care for it. After checking some of the prices of the shingles, I found that just buying the materials would have cost about half of having the job done professionally. They can do it in a day. It would have taken me substantially longer than that. I acquiesced and let the pros do it.

The true gratitude that I have about the process is that the work will be done. It looks great and matches our home better than the old black roof. The guys that are working so hard and doing a phenomenal job that is so appreciated. It looks like any leaks will be abated and we will have some peace of mind for years to come. I’m glad we got it done. It was way past time and all is good from the roof down.

Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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