Gitano was actually the cheapest quote by far for me. The work team seemed very good and professional but the sales quote guy was not very professional. He was disorganized and kept on insisting I go with IKO, to the point where he claimed stuff like Certainteed was poor quality in comparison. Finally I just said I wasn't interested and would only work with them if they installed Certainteed, just because.georvu wrote: ↑Apr 12th, 2017 10:23 amHave 4 bedroom detached homes [not huge homes] in our neighbourhood and from talking to folks in our area they have paid anywhere from 4k to 12k.
Development is about 13 years old and has the IKO problematic shingles so some houses started replacing shingles couple of years ago while other houses have original shingles and look to be in good shape.
As mentioned, ensure roofer has insurance. Look at some of their references and ask them if they would do anything different. AND if can watch their work throughout day... not every minute but as they remove old shingles, ensure underlayment and valleys correctly done and new shingles properly put on. Plus the vents and stacks.
Price differences seem to be due to company and warranty, shingles brand, underlayment. From getting several estimates myself I would say that the last two would equate to 1k difference at most.
Very true that have some companies [Kent, Professional, Cherry, Gitano] that have been around for many years so will generally pay more. Just ensure they do not subcontract out to a less then professional crew. Other companies just operate by phone and word of mouth so pay less but really no warranty. In our neighbourhood mix of both and would say 65%/35% ratio of smaller roofers to larger companies [like named above].
Time will tell which roofers did proper work.
It's a separate discussion but ensure attic well insulated to get benefit of new shingles. This plus location vis a vis sunlight, shingles colour, vents [least important] will determine how well roof does. And yes the mention of vents was put last as it is not a very scientific way that majority of roofs are done when it comes to number/type of vents. More like a comfortable rule of thumb.
Would suggest to definitely pay few hundred more for proper ice and shield at least on perimeters and valleys. Preferably closed metal valley.
Ironically, I had originally chosen Top Roofers over Gitano despite Top Roofers had the more expensive quote, because I felt the owner was very professional. However, when the install date came and the roofers arrived, they mutinied and refused to do the roof because they said it was too complicated. So the owner had no choice but to cancel the job even though he himself had no issues with the complexity of the job because he couldn't do it himself.
BTW, Gitano's crew had no problem with the job. They said it was more complex than average but less complex than many they'd done before. It did take them several days to complete the job though. (It was a large roof with lots of peaks and valleys.)
I also asked Fred The Roofer for a quote but the owner just flat out refused to do the roof. He was honest and said that as he has gotten older he has started refusing jobs that aren't really easy. He has enough word of mouth to continue working full time with easy jobs. Fair enough. He's a small outfit composed of just himself and one other worker. For my roof, Gitano sent many more people and a crane too to move the material onto my roof. Fred The Roofer did refer me to another company that company had a really high quote.
I had also dealt with Dubbins Discount Roofing before for a different job but I was not so impresssed with them.