If you have the quotes from various North York roofing contractors, but there’s large discrepancies between a couple of the companies you might find yourself wondering why one company is coming in at a much lower cost than another and if the higher one is actually overcharging you, or if you’re going to run into issues with work not being completed accurately from the cheaper company. One of the biggest reasons for this difference could be one roofing contractor is giving you the cost for replacing the flashing while the other might be banking on reusing the flashing that’s already there. Replacing the flashing could cause a large difference in pricing, and it is a large amount of work but doesn’t it need to be done? Roofers Richmond Hill would not estimate for work that wouldn’t need to be done, and would ensure if it does need to be replaced then it’s clearly outlined in the estimate. Here’s some information, though, on whether the flashing should be replaced when you purchase a new roof and will provide reasoning behind the work estimate.
If it’s not leaking, or damaged, why shouldn’t it be reused? This is a very valid, and understandable question. In short, it could be reused under the installation of a new roof and you might not have any issues or problems with it. However, reusing an old flashing is definitely not a roofing best practice. It is, technically, allowed by building codes but roofing manufacturers will never recommend that it is done.
Why don’t roofing manufacturer’s recommend it? The flashing, originally, was nailed to the roof and in order to take it off, make sure there isn’t any damage to the roof underneath it and put it back could cause bigger issues: the nails might not go back into the exact same spot as before so you might be causing holes, or tears, by attempting to use the old material.
My roofing contractor says there have never been any issues with reusing flashing, so why shouldn’t I believe him? Well, that depends. How long has your contractor been in the business? The lifespan of most roofs – from new install – is anywhere from 25 to 50 years, depending on the material, so if your contractor has only been in the industry for 5 to 10 years then they haven’t really even seen out a large chunk of the life of the roof so they can’t say for sure there aren’t any issues. Also, ask them how many companies they have worked for. If the answer is yes, then they also won’t know if there’s been any issues since they have moved around and might not have heard of any customer issues.
In short, flashing shouldn’t be reused when you install a new roof. When you think about reusing materials it would be almost like your roofing contractor going through and sorting out the shingles to find the ones that are probably alright to put back on the roof. When a contractor gives you a quote for new flashing it means they are less likely to cut corners, and will be very honest and upfront with costs. If this is important to you then might be a determining factor in which contractor you choose. If none your current contractor did not quote you for this or you feel as though the company isn’t be honest and up front with you then Roofers Richmond Hill would be happy to help you and get you a detailed outline so that you know exactly what you’re cost covers.