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Friday, July 1, 2011

Irving Hail Storm Update

With the recent hailstorms in Lantana and other suburbs, the parade of roofers has been diluted. Besides there have been storms in Kansas and Colorado and the wimpier roofers have fled north for cooler climes.

Still the bad work has begun. One realtor in Plano kicked her roofer off the job and had us dry in her roof that they had left open all night. She had to use another roofer because our crews are behind a week to two weeks. We'd be further behind but some materials are not available.

Another house had no starter shingle and the nails were placed high on the shingles. When the wind blew it looked like a flag parade. I wonder if we should stop selling better starter shingles and just advertise that we use starter. Start bad, finish bad.

No felt, no metal in the valleys, nail guns, no certification, weak decking, all the ten commandments of roofing are being broken. No wonder it's so hot around here.

At least I get to hear from people I haven't spoken to in over twenty years. One sent me a copy of a contract we signed October 20th, 1980. I was a kid fresh out of college and loved working in the sun, getting tan, staying trim and healthy. Now this old man with a belly hopes he doesn't get skin cancer. I feel like Red in the "Shawshank Redemption"

Red: There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then, a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshingle word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shingle. 
  Well, it's not that bad but who knows. Now I struggle not to burn my palms when I get on the roof.

The best advice I can give to anyone right now is to chill out and get an extension on their claim. Some companies are only giving six months, and not the traditional year, without an extension. Then you lose your recoverable depreciation.

And you trust the insurance company more that the guy you want to put on your roof. They told you not to show your insurance papers to the roofer because they don't want him to show you all the money they left off the claim. besides they won't pay for leaks from bad workmanship or small wind damage claims. Deductibles are very high. So if you don't trust the roofer, why are you using him? Do you think you're a better roofing consultant? Can you use Xactamate to figure a full roof?

Good luck.

Jon Alan Wright
Jon Wright Roofing, Siding, and Windows
1915 Peters Rd., Suite 310
Irving, TX 75061
972.251.1818 Office
214.718.3748 Cell
972.554.8090 Fax
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