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
They make it look so easy on tv, don't they
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