If you’re a homeowner, you’ll likely have to deal with replacing your house’s roof. Most elect to not tackle the work themselves, because—let’s face it—the experience, equipment, tools, supplies, and components necessary to do the job properly all make for a really big project. Any missteps in the process can lead to disastrous results for the home. Unfortunately, hiring a roofer isn’t without its pitfalls. Read on to learn about some of the common problems associated with roof replacement and how a professional approach to roof design, manufacturing, and installation solves them.
Inaccurate measurements result in overages (wasted money) and shortages (an incomplete roof). The use of aerial photos of the home ensures that all measurements are precise and that the roof-replacement project is managed properly from start to finish.
Working on top of an existing roof can leave behind untreated problems, create unwelcome surprises, and void warranties. Removing the existing roof completely before the new roof is installed reveals unseen problems that can be remedied. Doing so also allows for the proper installation of a tested roofing system that’s backed by a powerful warranty.
Failure to inspect the existing roof deck before roof replacement can lead to premature failure, uneven appearance, poor anchoring, and other costly issues. Performing a complete roof-deck inspection is the only way to be certain that a sound nailing surface exists before replacing the roof.
The use of cheap drip edges, leak barriers, starter strips, fastening hardware, and roof-deck protection can lead to all sorts of very expensive and troublesome issues: rot in the roofing plywood, rotting fascia and gutter boards, soil erosion, leaks and ice dams, flying shingles and debris, nail pops, property damage, and more. Some roofers neglect to use some these components entirely! The use of premium components—all of which are proven to work effectively together and installed as part of a complete roofing system—prevents expensive surprises.
Failure to effectively divert rain flow can cause leaks at transitions, masonry deterioration, and more. The use of oversized flashing, step flashing, and crickets (water-diverting structures) provides maximum protection in the roof’s most leak-prone places.
Inadequate ventilation in attic spaces leads to ice dams, damage from thermal cycling, increased energy costs, premature roof failure, and voided manufacturer warranties. Ridge vents that are designed for the roofing system ensure that a perfect, gap-free fit is established for optimum exhaust and continuous air flow.
As you can see, hiring a roofer doesn’t always mean that you will have an expertly designed and installed roof. When evaluating contractors, be sure to ask how they take measurements, how the roofing components they use will work together to protect your home, and whether they guarantee their work so that you can have peace of mind.