One thing I see far too often is contractors who load roofs on homes and then seem to disappear for an extended time. It seems to be a strategy unique to reroofing serving to mentally bind the customer into a contract. The contractor must figure a loaded roof will lessen the chance of cancellation in the event buyer’s remorse creeps in. Though the psychology behind this can lead to an ethical debate, it’s an argument that would also raise some hackles.
What I do see as a problem is the effect such concentrated product weight has structurally over the longer term. I pride myself on loading roofs a day before a project commences because I cannot see the sense in risking prolonged structural strain on a home. It’s easy to plan, seems to always work out just fine with my suppliers and gives me a feeling of satisfaction that I manage my projects tightly. I guess I’m a bit of a Project Management geek who gets a kick out of precision.
The worst is when suppliers will bolster a loaded pallet with a few shingles on each sloped side and then leave everything on the pallet and not spread the shingles at all. That just pisses me off … and is dangerous. When you figure each bundle comes in at around 70 lbs, the math seems pretty clear.
I wish I could find a researched opinion on this as it just seems like a bad thing to do over an extended period of time. If it was my home, I’d scream bloody murder but I also understand what I may feel may just be that and there really is no concern at all.
I look forward to learning of some opinions and experiences surrounding this practice.