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Question DetailsAsked on 4/22/2016

Roofing company cut my siding up while installing flashing due to poor skill. Am I required to pay them to fix?

Contractor was installing step flashing along side walls of dormers. He had to cut the siding back a few inches to be able to slide the flashing under siding. We have 4 dormers, 2 of the 4 he did ok. The other 2 look like my 14 year old did it with a hack saw, jagged and uneven. The estimate says that any splitting or breakage done to siding is our financial responsibility to fix. Basically, if they break it, we still have to pay them to repair. But what about poor quality of work? Are they responsible for repairs because they did a bad job in the first place? Or will I have to pay them to do it?

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That provision on splitting or breakage is common - applies mostly to shakes, shingles, and concrete plank siding because they can split or crack when you cut them. Doing a crooked cutting job is NOT part of that issue - like you say, that is sloppy workmanship. Sounds like maybe one person did the first one using a tacked-on guide board (the right way to do it on a shingle roof) and the other was done maybe by a helper without a guide board, allowing the saw to follow the shingle surface so it zig-zagged its way down or up the roof.

Certainly reasonable to require him to come back and recut if - and because that will certainly nick the step flashing, that should be redone also - pulling the nails, recutting the siding, reinstalling the flashing. If your siding is a flat sheet product rather than lapped siding he MIGHT be able to recut if without removing the flashing - cut most of the way through with a skilsaw, then after slipping a heavy gage piece of STEEL flashing up under it, cut the rest of the way through with a utility knife to give a smooth cutoff without cutting into the flashing. But it is CRITICAL that the flashing not be damaged at the cut, otherwise the drips coming off the bottom of the siding will wick right back along the bottom of the cut into the cut in the flashing and down into the wall - exactly what the flashing is there to prevent.

And should be totally at their cost.

If the botched cutting went so far up the wall that there would be an unreasonable gap at the bottom of the siding, then they should also pay to have a siding contractor (and you have a perfect right to require that it be repaired by a professional siding contractor who you apoprove, not by the roofer) replace the damaged siding.

If he refuses to do this, then your next recourse (other than maybe Angies List dispute resolution of a membership level providing that) would be to file a claim against his bond to have the bonding company make it right.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD



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