Well I just met with the storm company. The meeting went well, but I am still a little conflicted. I was pretty disappointed they would not prepare a detailed estimate of materials and could not even speak to the level of detail other roofers could. Their position is the insurance estimate has all the detail needed, even though the are clear differences and gaps/ undefined work between the estimate line items and the work they and the other contractors are proposing to do. One example is the estimate calls for replacing the drip edge, but we donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t even have drip edge, we have siders edge and no contractors including the storm guys think this should be replaced.
ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s clearly a bigger company with 10 or 11 subcontracted crews and a sales department which is who we are dealing with versus a production department which oversees the subs and the work they perform.
So even though todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s meeting was with a Field Sales Manager and our Sales Rep, I was left with a feeling of ambiguity when it came to the actual work they would perform.
A great example is the brick chimney flashing. Of the 4 other contractors I had out, 3 of them said the flashing most definitely should be replaced. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a single sheet of aluminum set into the mortar of the brickwork on one end, then folded down onto the roof where itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s nailed with a lot of caulking on the other end.
To properly replace this 3 of the contractors would cut the old flashing all away then install step flashing around the base and then use a diamond saw to cut a reglet 8 inches above the roof line (must be this high because the old ugly flashing was mortared in up high). Then they would install a top piece of color matched flashing which overlaps the steps creating an independent layer which can slide freely as the brick and roof materials expand and contract at different rates which is a lot in our severe climate that we have in Minnesota. Everything from ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“30F to 100F!
Plus it’s a wood burning fireplace so I imagine when you build a big fire when it’s below zero there is quite a bit of flexing going on as the chimney heats up. Replacing the chimney flashing is included as a line item on the insurance estimate by the way.
The storm rep said they generally do not like to replace chimney flashing unless itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s really bad and they werenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t sure about ours, but they would take another look at it (it was raining when we met so that was not a good time to inspect). When I asked how they replace if needed, again he was vague on details. I got the feeling they just avoid this type of detail work to the extent possible. Not sure what they would do.
So overall I think they would do a pretty good job, they seem like really good guys. But not real down-to-earth roofers. They specialize in identifying storm damage and dealing with insurance. The roofing part is almost a secondary line of work.
I need to sleep on it, I would like to award them the final job, but I just feel more comfortable with the hands-on expertise of the normal roofers. I feel like a tool for signing the contingency agreement, but my main concern is getting the roof done right with someone I have a high degree of confidence in. Hmmm.