We thought we might hire out the roofing to make up for lost time so we sought out to get a roofing bid.
Woke up this morning in a pretty good mood. Was out of coffee stuff though, that’s bad! So I went and got a Starbucks and came back, the roofing guy was there. He doesn’t speak a lot of English, I don’t speak Spanish. Actually my entire crew on site does not speak Spanish. His wife was supposed to be here to help translate. Not today. That was fun. Basically, I frustrated the crap out of him telling him he cannot do the job without a formal bid. I already got burned by the first concrete crew, I refuse to do that again. If you don’t have a bid in writing, there’s NOTHING protecting you when that bill keeps going up, and it is so ridiculously easy for a subcontractor to put a lien on your property.
Then, there’s cost. It’s really simple. A builder tells the bank how much each category is going to cost so you get that line item allotment out of the loan. Any more is coming out of your pocket. But make sure your builder and you are on the same page about just what the heck is going on the house. Roofing shingles for us were “assumed” that they’d be just generic shingles. We live in a very high wind area along with hail. There’s a specific requirement for shingles. We’re already upside down on the line item thanks to that. (Many, many mistakes were made on our part for this house.)
Somehow, between the original call and now the rough estimate kept creeping up and up. First, pitch. Increase because of a 9/12. I get it, footholds are required, it takes more time. Then, I needed an additional 5 squares (500 square feet) of material over original calculations “for the valley areas.” No, not buying it. When we did our calculations based on blueprints we got pretty close. And by the way, if you ever have blueprints drawn up, make sure those buttheads add in that measurement for you! Our roofline print tells us nothing. It is annoying when you are in a point of the build you don’t have time to go up and run tape measures everywhere. The guy finally decided he was done talking to me and just left.
I get the feeling that his wife won’t be calling. So, guess who is back to DIYing the roof? My husband used to install roofing so he has the necessary skills and tools to do so. It will allow ourselves to get back in to the budget line item without compromising the quality of material we need and want for this custom home.
I’ll post the play-by-play when we get started on it in a few weeks!
For now, drinking cold coffee and sniffing some Stress Away in the diffuser. Woosah.