my roof :(
Roofing company #2 came out this morning. I *really* like this company. The woman I first spoke with was very friendly, as was the man who came out and looked at everything. He climbed up a ladder and into the just big enough attic access, crawled to the front of the house, did a very thorough inspection. Climbed up on the outside of the roof, took lots of pictures. We knew we needed a new, tear-off, roof. The bad news? This one is completely shot. I mean completely. There are holes the PO filled with tar. TONS of areas with chunks of caulk 'sealing' it up (hopefully). Edges that weren't covered properly and the underpart is rotted. Oh geez. I guess that's what's getting done this summer, no waiting on this one. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we have a hail or wind storm that damages our roof enough for an insurance replacement, but not the neighbors of course!
They are going to give us a line item by line item quote for that, extending our dormer towards the back of the house, gutters, other stuff so we can see how much we can just get done together this year. He also gave us a pamphlet produced by a professional organization they belong to that has advice about hiring contractors.
Of the 6 highly rated companies we called, only 2 are giving us quotes. Not responding seems to be fairly common. And the other place never went up (afraid of damaging it he said) or wanted to see it from the inside.