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Balmur_orioles (Balmur_orioles)
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Posted on Monday, January 04, 2016 - 08:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Joe/Old School -

Thanks for the feedback. I spoke with a roofer at a bar who quoted roughly $400/square for labor. I would really like to see my home, and other older homes restored to their full glory by reinstalling "organic," traditional roofs. When the time comes to replace the roof, I will fully examine the costs associated with a reclaimed slate roof, but so far I'm encouraged.
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Joe (Joe)
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Posted on Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Balmur, check with the SRCA members in your area for deals on salvaged slates: http://www.slateroofers.org/directory.html#va

Give Stevens Roofing a call. Ask for Nick Price.

On the supplies, check SlateRoofWarehouse.com: http://josephjenkins.com/store/home.php

You can get copper nails in a 25 lb box for $283.00 plus shipping: http://josephjenkins.com/store/nails_copper_slating_box_1_half.html

25 pounds of stainless steel roofing nails are $169.00: http://josephjenkins.com/store/Stainless_Steel_Slating_Nails.html

You can also buy copper step flashings there: http://josephjenkins.com/store/Flashing_Miscellaneous/
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Old_school (Old_school)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What size slates are you using? There is nothing wrong with used slates, but is sounds like they are talking about using 12 inch lengths if you are figuring 2700 slates. the labor to install one slate is about the same for any size, and if you got 20 inch slates, you would only have to lay half as many. Have you figured in anything for the tear off? How about some scaffold? You are high on the nails. What is the deck like? You also have to figure a chimney flashing. Even 8 squares is a small house, are you sure of the quantities? They are light on the labor costs. BTW, who is "Homewyse"?
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Balmur_orioles (Balmur_orioles)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hello. The asphalt roof on my Richmond, Virginia home is nearing its final days and I'm considering having a slate roof installed, using salvaged shingles. The home is a small 1950's-built simple colonial with a 6:12 pitch single gable roof. Construction is masonry, steel, and wood. The home is simple; there is a chimney and 3 vents on the roof, no dormers. A guy down the street has 7 square of vermont green slate available for $1200. I need 7.5 square, but I think I can find the remainder in the salvage stores around town and I'll need something for the ridge caps. Am I on track with the pricing as follows?

Shingle costs - $1600
Consulting fee -$300 (to check the slates and help purchase the remainder)
Copper Nails - $600 (2700 shingles x 2 + 200, 90 per box, $10/box)
6" flashing - $500 (200 LF at $2.5/LF)
Labor - $2400 ($300/square) This is from homewyse.com
15% Contingency - $800
Total - $6200.

I'm not sure about the homewyse labor cost. Again, this is a very simple home and lots of used slate is available in this area. Is this an attractive job for a slater or am I being a pain by trying to source used product? Any feedback is appreciated.

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