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    We have a Tudor style house and need to have the roof replaced. One of the contractors we spoke with told us that the boards on the stucco are too close to the shingles and need to be removed first in order for the shingles to be replaced. The wood may not be in good condition and may also need to be replaced. He will also cut the boards so there will be a gap when he puts the wood back, the shingles would not be directly touching the wood. We have talked to five contractors and so far he is the only one telling us about this. Is his assessment true? Please advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penguin423 View Post
    We have a Tudor style house and need to have the roof replaced. One of the contractors we spoke with told us that the boards on the stucco are too close to the shingles and need to be removed first in order for the shingles to be replaced. The wood may not be in good condition and may also need to be replaced. He will also cut the boards so there will be a gap when he puts the wood back, the shingles would not be directly touching the wood. We have talked to five contractors and so far he is the only one telling us about this. Is his assessment true? Please advise.
    That is an impossible question to answer via the internet with limited information AND no pictures.

    Assuming that all the contractors walked the roof or at least inspected it close enough to make an educated guess as to the condition of trim, flashing, and other variables, it would seem odd that only one in five would suspect rot or improper installation of the existing materials.

    Cut the boards? Gap? What boards and a gap where? The point of a roof covering, flashing, and trim is to keep water out, gaps and visible sheathing doesn't sound like the right approach to a reroof.

    Again, too little info for any accurate guesses via the internet.
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    Are you talking about the side walls of a dormer? If so, he is right. My roofing contractor did not tell me about this and the siding on all the dormers rotted causing a lot of damage.

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    penquin423,

    please explain what this roofer said, one more time.

    What are those "boards on the stucco" you mentioned.
    What is exactly "the gap" you mentioned.

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    The house being a Tudor style stucco, the boards run along the edge where the stucco meets the roof. Apparently when the house was built, the roof tiles were laid before the boards were put over them. The contractor said that the boards need to be removed temporarily so that the old tiles can be remove, then the new tiles installed along with a drip edge. He said the the boards should not be in contact with the tiles because that would allow water to accumulate there and cause the boards to deteriorate. He said that the boards need to be a small distance away from the roof tiles. That means the boards need to be cut to be a little narrower so that water can just run away from the intersections where the tiles meet the stucco and boards.

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    What you're describing sounds like a designed water leak. What the roofer is telling you sounds plausible, but without graphic evidence to see what's going on, it is quite difficult to understand exactly what the situation is.

    If you host the images on-line, you can then link them to here for us to see. TOH no longer allows the direct uploading of images to their server.
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