Our roof, gutters, and windows, start to finish lasted five days. And now that we've had about two weeks of rainstorms, I can feel comfortable with saying- I think it was a success.
Not only does the front of our house look way better, but we've been way less drafty and we've been watching water pour out of our gutters instead of over them.
Today we'll be talking about the roof.
We went with a local company in Lansing and were confused but pleased for a lot of the whole thing. They didn't end up coming for about 5 weeks after we'd paid in full (long enough to the point I was calling them asking when the hell it was going up) and then when they did show up, it was a subcontractor, which, if you remember correctly, the company specifically said they weren't going to do. Luckily, when I called the office I was told the roofers were staff but there was a guy or two from other companies that were working with them temporarily. They were all licensed with the company and they were employees.
(it still sounded like subcontractors to me, but whatever, too late now.)
The guys, no matter what company they worked for, were very rowdy, sweet, dirty, cussing guys (just the way Nate and I like them!) and we actually enjoyed having them around for a couple days.
The worked 11 hours at a time and were fast.
Day one really went off without a hitch. They came, they did half the roof, they cleaned up, they left.
(but they didn't have a dumpster with them?)
The lack of dumpster didn't bother Nate. It bothered the hell out of me. They were dumping stuff in the driveway and then when the pile was too big to deal with anymore, they'd shovel it into a trailer and drive that back to the office and dump it, then come back. It seemed really ridiculous to me. Get a dumpster, dump the shit in the dumpster, take the dumpster away. Whatever.
However, despite my crankiness, when we went outside to do the day one check, my yard was spotless and the half of the house looked wonderful, so their crazy methods obviously worked. They even cleaned up the back yard so we could let the dogs be in the yard for awhile that night.
Then the really weird thing happend.
They told me they needed to talk to my neighbor because our houses were so close that they wanted to remove a piece of her siding and nail a tarp to her house. That way, when they were flinging shit down tomorrow they wouldn't scratch up her house.
Okay, yeah, that makes sense, but you guys couldn't tell me that sometime in the five weeks before you did the roof? Or hell, maybe last week when I saw you guys scoping out my yard? (Bridget was not amused by that, by the way.)
Talk about putting my poor neighbor on the spot, and thank god her and I are really good friends or that could have been an awkward introduction.
Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but my roofers are here, can we rip apart your house?
Thankfully, she was cool with it (but what could they have done if she said no, really? Come on.) So the next day, they came back, ripped part of Jen's house off, then did the second half of the roof. It was day 2 they removed my satellite dish too. PRAISE BE. I hate satellite. They're fugly. Not a fan. GTFO MY HOUSE.
Day two I wasn't as happy about. We told everyone when we signed the contract, every night the back yard had to be empty so our dogs could be out (call me crazy, but I'm not taking three dogs for a walk through the park in the dark, in Lansing. Nope. That's why I bought a house)
After the roofers left we went to let the dogs out and they'd left all their stuff in the back yard. And I mean pallets of shingles, ladders, metal, everything. I was pissed but at 8pm, it's not like you can call the office to be like GET THIS SHIT OUT OF MY YARD. Then I looked over...they had not put Jen's siding back on. Nor was it covered with a tarp.
THAT pissed me off. Luckily it didn't rain that night or it could have ended really badly.
I wasn't home when the roofers finished up the third day, but Nate said they were very professional, the whole yard was spotless and Jen's siding was put back up.
After all was said and done, they were fast, clean and effective. Our roof looks awesome, they were super thorough with clean up and all of our neighbors have roof envy. Three days of chaos is worth that, right?
Have you had your roof done? What were your experiences?