So today I had a guy from Erie Roofing come out again and ask me if I wanted a quote for a new roof. I generally just say no. However since I do plan on finally doing my roof this year I told him I planned on doing it this year. Mistake.
I told him I was going to do it myself. He asked if I ever did roofing before and I replied no (I have not). I said I have been researching for 3 years now gearing up for it.
I told him I wanted to tear off the shingles. He asked how many layers, I replied 1. He said I didn’t really need that. I replied it is better, I don’t want to go over the old shingles. He asked what I was going to use and I said GAF Architectural (Timberline). He then asked me if I wanted shingles to last until I sell the house or forever lol. I said the Timberline have a 50 year warranty. He said they don’t really they only have 25 years. Then he mentioned something about pro-rated. Then he went to tell me if tree sap falls on my roof it wouldn’t be covered. (I have no trees)
He started talking about fiberglass shingles that come in long pieces and they have a 45 year warranty.
He then told me I needed to be careful tearing of the roof because I could damage the sheathing. This is where it started getting interesting. Granted I’m not a roofer, so maybe I didn’t get what he was saying 100%.
I replied a sheet of plywood is only $20. He started laughing and told me sheathing is $300 a square. Long story short he was telling me that the plywood was not the sheathing and everything under the shingles was. I was getting irritated now. I was like so what else is there? You mean the trusses and everything? I invited him in to go into my attic so he could show me what the sheathing was, he declined.
Then I was telling him I did not plan on tearing the plywood off and that’s when he told me then I was not doing a tear off. I was like ok then I’m not doing a tear-off then. He said but you just said you were. I replied and now I guess I’m not based off what you just said.
I told him I was tearing off the shingles, felt, ice and water shield, and drip edge, call that whatever you want to call it, I was under the impression that was a tear off.
He then agreed that was a tear off…seriously dude come on now! I had mentioned earlier if he wanted more than $5k I wasn’t interested. He then said he would think the main roof would only be 5K to go over w/fiberglass shingles. I said that’s the easy one. He got irritated and was like what do you mean easy? I said it has like 3 roof jacks and that’s it! I then pointed to the garage and said that one needs the siding removed and step flashing re-done.
At this time I think he realized I knew a bit more then he initially assumed and started apologizing to me. He said he misunderstood what I was talking about for the tear off and so on. He shook my hand and asked if I wanted a quote from his guy tomorrow. I said not right now and he left.
At any rate my 2 my questions from this rather irritating conversation is the GAF 50 year warranty and how good are fiberglass shingles?