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Maureen
Roofer Cut Holes in Roof stuck Little pieces OSB in as a patch
Maureen

Please help me. I really, really hope you can help me. I hired a roofer to replace my roof and his workers cut holes in my roof in the wrong places. These were holes for passive rooftop slant back attic vents. One sheet of OSB has 3 holes they put in it. In other places they made 2 holes near each other and one of these was covered with a scrap of OSB. The other hole they ended up not using is not covered by anything except roof underlayment. There's no sheathing in that spot at all. If someone walks on my roof in the future and steps on that spot their foot will go all the way through my roof. There are 2 different areas on my roof like this. And in other areas where they cut the holes wrong they simply stuck in small pieces of OSB about 10 inches by 18" as a patch. There are no clips of any kind, no H-clips, nothing to strengthen or fill the gap between the pieces of OSB. it is only nailed on the 10" side into a roof rafter (it's a patch between 2 roof rafters). I do not feel this is sturdy enough since it only goes part way over the 2 rafters. The roofer insists his work is just fine. Our building inspectors have a protocol of passing every residential roof without looking. I told the roofer to stop work. He drove away with the rest of my shingles and refuses to finish the work because I insisted he do the decking correctly and that little patches are unacceptable. I am now left with a partially completed roof, no roofer, and Spring rains returning. Am I wrong in saying little patches of OSB are not sturdy enough?

Maureen
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Maureen

Here's a 2nd photo of the portion of my roof over another part of the house where the roofers cut holes in the wrong places. They also made a long, long cut with a Saws-All all the way through to another previous hole from 1982 where a round air vent once was located. This long cut in the OSB was not patched at all. I told him not to put roofing over it until he first replaced the damaged OSB, but I came home from work and he was up there shingling right over it after I told him not to do that. He took off and left my roof only partially finished as punishment to me for telling him to stop working. He says he will not return. It's Friday and was raining today and rain is expected for 5 days. Did I do the right thing in insisting the OSB roof deck be properly repaired before putting roofing over it? Thank you for your help.

Maureen
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Maureen

Here is another view of the long cut made by a Saws-All through the roof decking. I told the roofer I think this sheet of OSB needs to be replaced due to the long cut. Instead he roofer right over it without repairing or replacing the OSB.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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HandyAndyInMtAiry

Maureen,

What is stated in your contract? I am not a fan at all of OSB. I would never use it on or in my home. Plywood is much stronger and will take more punishment. I would not allow a contractor of any kind to speak to me or tell me what they are going to do. You are the boss, you set the rules and the standards of work. This should have been stated in your contract before any work was started. I never leave anyone here while I am not in the house. We had a huge tree fall on our house. it went thru the roof three stories up. I was here every moment they were on site. I was on the roof when they were on the roof. I rented my own man lift so that I would not be in their way. Plus we have a 12:1 pitch roof. I was not about to sit up there on it. I listed all types of materials to be used and a manner in which they were to be installed. Things like the fascia boards behind the gutter must be primed and painted with at least 2 coats of oil based primer and oil based paint. Plus use only stainless steel screws or nails to fasten the fascia, on every joist. You are the boss. You set the rules as to the quality of work to be done. If they do not agree to that, interview the next contractor. Do not start any work until both parties sign off on the agreed contract. Another thing, I would not allow anyone on our property that smokes or does not speak and understand the Engligh language throughly.

This is why I do most of my own work. I know the quality of work that I will do for myself. I have done everything but that repair, only because the insurance company would not allow me to do that. The contractor had to be certified installers of the shingles that I wanted. The contractor also had to be licensed and bonded.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Maureen
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Maureen

Thank you Andy. In our city, our city Inspection Department states they enforce the 2018 IRC code for roofs. Unfortunately the inspectors cannot be trusted to do their jobs. They have been passing every residential roof without even looking at them. This removes from the homeowner any Consumer Protection under state law. I have been unable to get help from the inspectors. I have to go to work every day and am not allowed to take time off. I just started a new job and I am in the 90-day period considered "probationary" when no time off is allowed. I am in my 60s and have disabilities and do not have the ability to balance enough to go on a roof. I do not have any relatives in my state to be present in my place. In my state contracts are like a marriage and you cannot get out of them. 
I still need to know if little patches of OSB are allowed by code. I do not know how or where to search the code for this information. 
Could you help me with this please? Could someone help me? Thank you.

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