replace tar & gravel roof with shingles & torch down

Old 12-16-05, 12:27 AM
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replace tar & gravel roof with shingles & torch down


I have a tar and gravel roof that is about 20 years old. It is not leaking in the house yet but there is an area over the patio that is rotted through and must be replaced. The rest of the roof over the house is definately showing wear and will need to be replaced sooner or later. Since I am getting the house fixed up for sale I have decided to replace the whole roof.

I had one roofer look at it today and he suggested removing the rock and laying down composite shingles. However, the pitch around the perimiter of the roof is too flat for shingles so he recommeded torch down.

My question is do you think his approach is okay? Will using shingles and torch down work together? He said he can match the colors and people would not be able to see the torch down portion.

Are there any questions I should ask the contractor to make sure he knows what he is doing? I plan on getting a couple others estimates as well. The current estimate I have is $4800 for the house and garage (the house is about 1400 sq ft & 2 car garage). The house is in Riverside California which is a very hot and dry area in the summer with a few months of heavy rain in the winters.

I appreciate any advice or concerns anyone can provide.

Old 12-16-05, 07:22 PM
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Torchdown does come in a granual surface and possible match your shingle.
Torch down on the flat, shingle on the pitch.

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