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danvance

07:00PM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/29/02
4 lifetime posts
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Hi,

I live in Southern Oregon. The climate here is pretty normal. 100 in the summer and 25-30 in the winter. Recently we have had 40 mph wind storms which so far have caused three shingles to blow off. Now, the house is about 8 months old, but we purchased it about 3 months ago. Under Oregon law, it has a 1 year warranty. I was wondering if the builder (which did a half a** job on a lot of things) incorrectly installed the roofing (looks like fiberglass shingles that were stapled down). I don't want to imagine what the roof would be like in 5 years if this is happening so soon. What are your thoughts?

Thanks,
Daniel

LDoyle

01:21PM | 12/31/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Staples are a lousy way to attach shingles when wind is a consideration. Check with local codes to see if nails are specified. Shingles should not be blowing off in only 40 mph winds.

danvance

04:23PM | 12/31/02
Member Since: 12/29/02
4 lifetime posts
I think I found out why the shingles are blowing off. They were stapled down with 5/8 inch staples. Certainteed says they had to be stapled down with a minimum 1 inch staple. Oh, and the general contractor *did not* do the roof. He had a so called roofing company do it! I wonder how they stay in business.

Oh, and the number of shingles is now 15.

-Daniel

[This message has been edited by danvance (edited December 31, 2002).]

JayF

03:32AM | 01/02/03
Member Since: 11/19/02
59 lifetime posts
Doesn't matter if he did it or not. He's still the general contractor and he picked the subs. I'd lean on the guy before that warranty is up.

rmurray223

09:48PM | 01/06/03
Member Since: 01/03/03
97 lifetime posts
being a realtor you get alot of shady builders unfortunately, and it is hard to stop or correct a problem long down the road. my suggestion would be to present your findings about the staples and their shortcomings to the builder and have the whole roof replaced asap, dont let it slide and make sure you get it in writing, also if the shingles are not replaced the mfr will most likely not warranty the shingles. make sure you talk to the company and verify that as well. if needed get a good lawyer if things start getting nasty and keep records of your phone calls with the mfr and the builder just in case things go sour

rmurray223

09:52PM | 01/06/03
Member Since: 01/03/03
97 lifetime posts
by the way certainteed is an excelllent excellent company, I have dealt with them for years as well (dad owns roofing and siding co which i worked at for 4 years) and they make great products all around the board I would definately trust their word and their products, shoddy installations are more common than gas stations it seems anyone with a hammer or in this case a staple gun can install shingles, not the case evidently. good luck with everything I hope all works out well
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