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Old 01-14-2008, 04:05 AM
 
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Hiring a roof shoveler? Ask about insurance (http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=162349&ac=PHnws - broken link)
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Or install a metal roof.

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Old 01-14-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Or install a metal roof.

I'll second that statement!
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Well it is like asking how much insulation to put in a house.

For every layer or inch of insulation that you do not put in, you will pay every year in fuel bills.

Do it once and do it right, or else you will pay for that mistake over and over again.

So it is with roofs. Put a metal roof on, and forget it. Or shingles and every storm they may need to be raked, and every ten years replaced.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:52 PM
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Location: Central NH
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Well it is like asking how much insulation to put in a house.

For every layer or inch of insulation that you do not put in, you will pay every year in fuel bills.

Do it once and do it right, or else you will pay for that mistake over and over again.

So it is with roofs. Put a metal roof on, and forget it. Or shingles and every storm they may need to be raked, and every ten years replaced.
OK that being said there are still a lot of folks out there with shingle roofs. Depending on pitch of roof, amount of insulation, adequette venting they may develop ice dams or need snow removed because of weight.

I have seen guys tear up asphalt roofs while trying to remove ice dams, I have seen home owners sliding of 2nd story roof tops. I would certainly recommend hiring someone with experience and insurance.

I don't do much snow removal anymore but guys here (central NH) that are insured and experienced charge about $150 to shovel off a ranch size house.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Seems easier to move to where it does not snow !
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Glendive, MT
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not a surprising response from someone living in the warmer areas


let's see, low crime, manageable temps, nothing posionous in or on the ground.....hmmm

yup, pass me a roof rake please
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Due to the possibility of making ice dams;

due to the possibility of sub-building code roofs which can not support the snow because of weight;

the possibility of tearing up asphalt roofs while trying to remove ice dams;

the possibility of home owners sliding of 2nd story roof tops;

the idea that an insured and experienced contractor may charge $150 to shovel off a ranch size house.

All of these are good reasons to stop patching a leaking boat, rather to fix it permanently.

If your roof is sub-standard or not capable of supporting the required snow-load, fix it.

A metal roof is far superior.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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My camp was built by Mennonites in Maine and for two winters, it sat in a clearing, unattended. Nobody there to rake the snow off. It even has skylights in it. No problem. If it's built in Maine, for Maine, by Mainers, you won't have a problem with any snow load. That's part of the equation and those Mainers want a repeat customer.

If you have this issue in NH, $150 sure beats the cost of a new roof. But if that's going to be a repeat headache every winter, for my money, I'd rather replace the roof and not have to worry about it.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Maine
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This morning's Channel 5 news had a story on roof shovelers. A woman hired two men to do her roof. They were on the roof just long enough for one to fall off and hurt his ankle. She had to pay the hospital bill because they weren't insured. An insured shoveler said his insurance cost less than the woman paid for the hospital bill.
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