5 Common Mistakes That Unprofessional Roofers Won’t Tell You About
Honesty and integrity play a big part when it comes to the quality of your roofing work. Unfortunately, many uncertified, unprofessional roofing contractors take shortcuts, ultimately leading to more expensive repairs. Sometimes, these same contractors will make common mistakes that they won’t ever tell you about. In this blog entry, we’ll take a look at 5 of the most common roofing mistakes that roofers won’t tell you about – because a little bit of knowledge can go a long way when it comes to the efficacy of your roof and the safety of your family.
Incorrect Usage of Nails
In the roofing industry, there are specific guidelines that contractors must follow when using nails to secure a roof. Sometimes, mistakes are made, and incorrect nails are used on roofs. Keep an eye out for the following mistakes, which might affect insurance claims if a roof failure occurs:
- Nails that are the incorrect length
- Nails with heads that are too small
- Nails that are driven in above your roof’s self-sealing strip
- Nails that do not have barbed shanks
- Nails that have been driven into the gaps of your roof’s deck
The above mistakes not only may affect insurance claims, but also play a part in the accelerated deterioration of your home’s roof.
Unfortunately, this is a common issue in some areas but one that you should be able to spot and report with relative ease. This mistake happens most often when contractors use several different dealers or purchase shingles from more than one shingle supplier. When you’re vetting roofing contractors, be sure to ask if they use more than one shingle supplier. If they do, you might want to be cautious. The best way to avoid this problem is by hiring a contractor that uses supplies from the same supplier.
Though some homeowners do not know it, your attic is a very important part of your roofing system. Sometimes, DIY roofers or inexperienced contractors will not install proper attic ventilation in your attic space. This creates many problems and can result in huge increases in your energy bill as well as premature wear on your roofing system. When hiring a roofing contractor, make sure you keep an eye on your attic space to make sure proper ventilation is installed.
Improper Reuse of Roof Flashing
Flashing is an important part of your roof and acts as a metal shield against outside elements like rain and snow. As is the case with attic ventilation and mismatched shingles, sometimes DYI roofers and inexperienced contractors will take shortcuts to minimize expenses and cut down on installation time. One way that roofers do this is by reusing your roof’s old flashing when installing a roof replacement. This is a huge “no-no,” even if your home’s old roof flashing is in good condition. The reason? Old roof flashing is just that – it’s older than the newer materials used to replace your roof. This means it will need to be replaced much sooner than new flashing, resulting in unnecessary expenses. In the grand scheme of things, new flashing is an inexpensive addition that should always be installed when a contractor is replacing your roof.
No Roofing Permit
When looking for contractors to perform a roof replacement, many home and business owners aren’t aware that a roof permit is needed in most states to install a new roof. If you don’t obtain a permit to have your roof replaced, you might have to pay fines. In some extreme cases, your local municipality may force you to remove your new roof if you do not have a permit. Unfortunately, some unprofessional contractors won’t care one way or another if you have a permit for your new roof replacement. If you own a home or a business, don’t take short cuts – get your roof permit!
Pro Tip: Hire a Certified Roofing Company
What’s the best way to avoid roofing mistakes? Hire a trusted, certified roofing company like Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI. We take the time to speak with every one of our clients to answer all their questions and address any concerns and maintain the highest level of quality and customer service when installing new roofs. Contact us today to learn more about the Storm Guard difference!