As if I don’t have enough problems, DW wants us to sue the (in retrospect) hack roofer who put a new roof on our house two years ago.
- roof leaked (under valley) after first rain (roofer fixed “step flashing” I think he just smeared roof cement in the valley). Ceiling and plaster wall in front room ruined, also beadboard ceiling in porch.
- another leak in the same place after heavy snow(roofer cleared off snow and blamed snowfall; no problems in previous 7 years; streaking indicates water getting behind siding above this roof).
- major flashing failure around chimney, sheathing rotted and petrified; probably long term damage but roofer didn’t even replace sheathing (I got another roofer in, who put in copper flashing, also fixed problems with valley that could be related to earlier problems).
- I take down kitchen ceiling and find aluminum patch put over broken sheathing rather than replace the sheathing (as contract says).
- We get major leak in same roof over kitchen; roofer admits they may have put a nail in (head wall) flashing but they can’t fix the flashing because they don’t do wood siding (now he tells me); he offers to smear roof cement over the problem.
- Another roof leak, this time at the back of the house and close to eaves, right over where I will eventually be retrofitting a LVL beam.
- They screwed up the aesthetics of the shingles, “stacking” them as though they were 3-tab shingles if any roofers are familiar with that term.
I did not go cheap on this roof (roofer quoted 30 year shingles, I asked for 50 year shingles). I based roofer on reputation, now I wouldn’t let him roof a doghouse. For the repairs I’ve done, I’ve used the guy whose quote was $2K more than anyone else (at the time, I had no reason to spend the extra $2K, the roofer I used was supposedly reputable). I’ve already spent more than $2K on repairs. The aesthetics can’t be fixed without doing a complete tear-off.
DW is as fed up as I am. We will probably get the other roofer in to make more fixes. Original roofer talks a good game but it can take weeks of repeated phone calls and letters to get them to come back to do repairs. Last time I gave up and got the other roofer in, they finally called back when I had him scheduled, and I stayed with him. So is this what I should expect from a “new” roof in the modern US construction industry? DW thinks we should sue, I tell her to get used to the fact that sometimes you get f*cked and learn to live with it. Is it worth continuing to patch this roof, or should we just learn to live with a $18K roof where most people would pay $8K (i.e. do a tear-off)? BTW I have been planning on insulating this roof with foam, so you can imagine the world of hurt I will be in if this roof continues to have problems after insulation. And no, I can’t afford to just kiss $9K goodbye, other urgent house repairs will have to be postponed perhaps indefinitely.