I am not expert roofer, but I am pretty sure this is not how boots are typically installed:
that's not really a vent boot. What it really is, is a device to store empty caulking tubes
My advise is to get another roofer who knows what he is doing, Though I don't know where you live, I'm sure it wont cost another $500
OK, First off - you got shafted (but I think you already know that)
On the install:
1. The ideal install is to have the upper shingles overlap to the half-way point. In your case, they should have cut into one more row of shingles to have those shingles fit around the boot to the half-way point.
2. The only caulking needed should be where the curved edge of the cut shingles wrap around the edges of the raised part of the boot and a dab of sealant on the tops of any exposed nails.
3. Speaking of nails ....What the heck! These flanges use 4 to 6 nails. There are even little embossed circles telling the installer where to nail. Every exposed nail on a roof is a potential problem. There is no reason for this many nails - pretty much proof positive that whoever did this is a rank amateur.
Pricing - $900??? Only if you had them come out in the middle of the night in the middle of a torrential rainstorm to fix this. The reality: The boots are $5 each. Toss in some nails, caulk and some mark-up for profit and you are looking at maybe a $70 material bill at most. If they are billing out a premium for roofing work, lets round up and call it $50/hour for labor. And to be fair, maybe it's one of those companies that has a minimum travel and set-up charge - $65.
So, two hours labor = $100 + 65 + 70 = $235. And that's really being generous. For starters, a $50 per hours guy damn well better know how to install a simple boot - this guy didn't. Even rounding up to $300 still means that they charged you triple.
I'd be making a few calls. This isn't a just a bad company, this if fraud. Start with finding out if your guy had a license - if he does than make a complaint with the licensing board in your state. If he's not licensed things will be harder. You can do a BBB complaint but that really means nothing to guys like this.
If it were me I'd call the guy directly and explain simple phrases like 'Class D felony" and what it means to his future. But that's just me.
But I will add this: If they did more than just install 5 boots to existing plumbing vents - like add in some vent lines in the attic etc. Then you could easily cost a lot more.
On edit to add: If you paid by check - stop payment now. If by credit card, call your cc company to cancel the charges. Also see if you can file a fraud complaint with your local police - this will help cover you to back up a stop payment order.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Jaybee,
I would have charged $475.00. It would be less but one side of roof is more then your standard pitch.
I cover the boots completely with the shingle ( no nails showing) and paint the pipe.
No caulk is needed.
Black jack is used to reseal shingles.
I don't get on any roof for less then $300.00This message has been edited. Last edited by: ron45,
This is what a properly installed vent should look like.
Your shingles look pretty old so in your case if the old boots where leaking at the seal I would have just used a slip on repair seal so not to have to disturb the shingles. Could have done your whole roof in less then the time to set the ladder.
http://www.ezeeboot.com/This message has been edited. Last edited by: joecaption,
I like your idea about painting the PVC. You could even match to some degree the new color with the shingles.
Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
I don't know about the big box home improvement stores, but a regular roofing supply store sells cans of spray paint to match the roofing they sell, it works good for the pipe and any metal on the roof
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