Got contractors estimates, but will they charge extra to remove shingles?

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by eastinway, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. eastinway

    eastinway New Member

    Hi folks,

    I need more opinions please being a single female homeowner....I am in the process of having my home vinyl sided and also my roof reshingled.

    I have received several estimates (proposals), some including removal of existing wood shingles and some with no removal just going over the exisiting shingles with the vinyl.

    Also, some with removal of roof shingles and some leaving the shingles on and placing new roof shingles on top of the old.

    My question: Will the price change drastically if I ask for removal of both house and roof shingles.....

    I'm confused and want the job done right....not knowing this kind of business, I'm afraid they may drive the price way up if I ask them to remove everything.

    Thank you.
  2. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    I'm not sure what you're asking...

    - will it cost extra to remove & haul away the old shingles, than to just got over them? Yes.

    - does that mean it's a good idea to go over the old? No.
  3. eastinway

    eastinway New Member

    Reply to Frenchi

    To make this simple:
    I have received (2) estimates from 2 different contractors for siding and new roof. Both contractors DO NOT want to remove the wood shingles and the roof shingles.....just simply go over the existing material.

    Will the price go higher if I hire them and ask them to remove all existing shingles, including the roof ones?
  4. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Yes. Labor to remove, also dumpster, or haul-away & dump fees.
  5. Cookie

    Cookie .

    In my state, you cannot have more than 3 layers of shingles. Too much weight on your roof is not good for your house. When I had my house reshingled, they were history, and sure it cost more, how much more I guess it depends on the roofer. I found a great roofer who lived on my own road and my kids used to go to school with his.

    My brother in law had asbestos shingles removed and that was very costly. Their are special precautions and they had to be disposed of differently also.

    Good luck to you.
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    New England
    In some places, the tippage fee (cost to use the dump) is quite high, in some it is pretty cheap. Same thing with the cost of renting a dumpster (if they don't own one). Time and tippage/transport fees are what you'll pay for. As said earlier, you may have some hidden damage on areas of the roof and there's no good way to tell unless you remove things first. If there's two layers on the roof now, you really don't have a choice.
  7. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

    Fairfield Co.,Connecticut
    If the siding is wood shingles, I think it is better to leave them in place (better protection against leaks). DO NOT reroof over existing shingles on the roof ... they will not look as nice nor will they last as long.
  8. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

    South of Boston, MA
    Having the house siding & roof shingles removed is the best time to look for problems, bugs/ants etc
  9. get more estimates

    get more estimates, and get estimates for how you want the work done...

    if they dont want to do the work , then tell them
    to go to hell...

    their are plenty of hungry people out there wanting to
    do that kind of work , all you got to do is find the right one willing to take it all off the way you want it done....

    with roofing contractors, I also suggest you find one that is with Angies list and the BBB and
    accepts VISA and Master Card........

    If they dont accept master card, that usually means the check gets cashed the day the work starts and they never return to warranty anything...

    I would rather pay a few hundred dollars more and know
    that I can tie up their money for 60 --90 days out with VISA than see them hit the road and never return......

    paying the bill with plastic is good insurance...
  10. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades


    What she said.
  11. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Unless you are dealing with someone who likes to work for nothing, it HAS to cost more to remove the old shingles.
  12. eastinway

    eastinway New Member

    Thanks everyone.....great suggestions. I appreciate it!
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