The Roof is Coming! The Roof is Coming!!!

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My City Manager's son was having some roof work done so I asked that he have the roofer come over and give me a quote.

He stopped by yesterday with his price. He is a miner who is laid off. When he gets laid off at the mines, he goes back to roofing to support his family. Since he and his Dad do the work, there is no salaries, office, etc expenses. I asked about insurance and he said he signs a waiver which I said was not good enough. I told him I am willing to pay more if he needs it to get the liability insurance. So today he sent his Dad to pick up a check to cover the insurance snd Monday he will come pick up the building permit appliction to fill in his part and will get the first half payment. 

I am scheduling him to do the roof the week I am in Charleston for Municipal League Conference since I have that week blocked off already. Woohoo!! I am getting my roof (metal) for less than any of the quotes so far. I will actually have a cushion left in the bank!!

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nice one as I know you have been waiting for the new roof and have been messed about by various contractors - glad it has worked out for the best and best price to!

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Great news! I'm glad you found someone that needs the work, so it's great for both sides.

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gillumhouse wrote:

He is a miner who is laid off. When he gets laid off at the mines, he goes back to roofing...

This guy has some issues with being at ground level Eye-wink

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Ground level does not seem to pay th rent. Up or down, he has it "covered".

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Make sure it is heavy duty metal or else they put on a plywood subroof otherwise you will have rattling when the wind blows. My friend learned the hard way. Her roof is a mess on a historic register place. They have been stuffing it full of insulation but it is making the metal bulge Sad  Be careful. Have someone there who is sure they know what they are doing and do it right.

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He has references plus we have a building inspector. The building permit requires he list the materials to be used. The building inspector knows me. We had heard that furring strips should be put down and the metal attached to that. He did not have furring strips in the quote. So I called the building inspector (BEFORE accepting the quote) and asked. He said without is better. If something needs done on the roof later, one has to be careful where walking or dent the metal with the strips. He also said a heavy snow can cause dents. We are going no-furring strips. The metal will be screwed down and I will be getting rid of the 2 remaining (unused) chimneys that are starting to crumble. We are getting burgundy metal to match the trim on the house.

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Waaa Hooo ....a new metal roof. I had one put on a rental about 10 years  ago, had to go out of Harrisonburg to get a good deal. Local quotes were all the same high price (within $15.00 of one another) . Metal lasts for ever, the old one was 105 yrs old.

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