03:23AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 11/04/04
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I have a contractor in the process of putting on a new roof. They were suppose to put a ridgevent the length of the roof except for two feet from the front and back.

They neglected to put any ridgevent and now that all the shingles are on it is too late for the ridgevent without a lot of hassle and possible problems down the road.

How much should I ask my roofer to deduct from the contract because the ridgevent wasn't installed. The vent would have been approximately 36 actual feet long.

My roofer says it's worth about $30.00. I don't think so.

Thanks for any assistance.



06:42AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 12/01/02
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I wouldn't be so quick to write this off as too much hassle. Ridgevents are an important element of a roof provided the rest of the ventilation system is in place (vent strips and baffles if required).

If putting in a ridgevent is in your contract then you are in a position to see that he puts it in. If you have not paid him yet then you can say that you are going to hire someone to put it in and you will deduct that from his final payment. I'm sure he'll see his way to do it.

The ridgevent material is not that expensive. I thought they were around $50 for a roll so maybe he is not way off on the cost of the material itself. It's relatively straight forward to put one in if you are a roofer and your already have all your materials and tools and you are kneeling over the ridge of the house.

What will cost you is your time to find someone who is willing to just do your ridgevent because it's a small job, it may not be worth time unless they charge a little premium. Where I live in CT, I'd expect a roofer would charge me for the day and I'd be out a few hundred dollars if this was all I was asking him to do. Price may vary where you live.

Please note that I am not a professional roofer and this is just my humble opinion.

Good luck.


07:43AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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As stated above, the contract called for ridge vent, and you can enforce the contract. Installation will require only removing the hip-ridge shingles and cutting a 2-inch slot down the ridge. The ridge vent is installed over this and the ridge shingles replaced. Make him do it. He will like have to eat the labor costs and $150 for replacing the ridge shingles that probably can't be reused. Contractor will not want to do this, but be firm and wave the contract under his nose, and remember you have the contractor license board to complain to if he does not fulfill his agreement.


07:46AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 06/23/04
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The ridge is the last part of roofing installed and can be reworked without disturbing the rest of the roof. Any additional work needed because of the omission is not your responsibility. However, if you choose to seek a credit for the omission, construction law establishes that he only owes you for the original cost of installation less the cost of the ridge that he did install, not the cost of retrofitting. One dollar a foot may be close to his cost for the material. Go to your local home builder store and price ridge vents or call a competitor. The greatest cost is not that of the vent but rather expenses incurred because of a lack of proper ventilation. Excess heat in the attic will cost you a lot more than $36 in energy costs and reduced shingle life over the next 20 years ($1.80 per year).

One drawback to forcing an unwilling contractor to perform work is that he could purposely make a mess of the retrofit. If the problem cannot be resolved and your state requires contractors to be bonded, you can contact his bonding company. If he is licensed, you can contact the licensing agency.

Good Luck


09:52AM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 11/04/04
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Thank you to all who answered. My contractor does not want to put the ridgevent in now and has suggested another turbine. I told NO. I will insist that he put in the ridgevent as it is very important to the ventilation of the roof space. I have only paid him 10% of the contract so I believe I hold the upper hand. Thanks again for letting me know how important the roof vent is to the overall life of the shingles, etc. I live in Florida and with all the hurricanes a lot is going on with contractors. My contractor has been here in business for several years and has a good reputation, but is very busy and would rather give me $50.00 and go down the road. I am going to stick to the contract.



09:43AM | 11/07/04
Member Since: 11/04/04
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Thanks for your post. I am in Ft. Myers, Fl.

I do not have any ventilation since the new singles were put on. The roofer covered up all the openings where the vents should be.

There should be a turbine on the garage, a ridgevent on the house along with a vent for my stove range hood. Also he did not put new boots on the vents for the bathrooms. He was here the other day and said he was going up to put new boots on the bathroom vents. I was up there today and he slipped two new vents over the two exisiting vents which obviously the two new vents did not even touch the roof. I have the upper hand as he has not been paid the majority of the contract. I will not give him another cent until the job is according to the contract and it has been inspected by the county inspector. Why can't they just do the job right? This company has been in business here for as long as I can remember and has a good reputation. I guess they saw a older lady and decided to pull one over, how dumb. All us old ladies are not brain dead.



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