Roofs are one of the most common places to find poor workmanship. Replacements and installations must be done by experienced professionals. A badly built or repaired roof can lead to an array of problems in the future. However, not all contractors have the skills and ability needed to properly install your new roof. To help you safeguard your investment and prevent further damage, here are ways to identify if your roof was poorly installed:
1. Uneven Appearance
After your new roof is installed, your home should ideally have a uniform appearance. Sadly, there are times when the roof lines of newly installed roofing are uneven or worse, sagging. In this case, the framing could be problematic or there could be roof deck rot. This means that your roofer didn’t treat and assess your old roof before performing the installation.
2. Missing Shingles
While damaged and missing shingles are the result of time and bad weather, this problem should not be present immediately after a roofing job. Such an issue only means that your roofing contractor was either rushing or not being thorough.
3. Missing Underlayment
Roof underlayment failure leads to faster deterioration of the roof. This also means that you’re up for an unexpected expense because the roofing system will need to be replaced even though your roof hasn’t reached its average life span yet. On the other hand, proper roof underlayment ensures that your home stays water-free and helps create waterproofing for your entire roofing system so that shingles work efficiently and leaks are avoided.
4. Improper Flashing
When unprofessional roofers reuse old flashing to cut costs, they are not only violating the labor code, but they are also putting their clients’ home and safety at risk. Flashing should never be used twice, and only experienced and professional roofing contractors know this.
5. Nailing Mistakes
Misuse of nails could lead to problems like overdriven nails, incorrect nail placement, nail corrosion and other issues. If you notice such nailing errors in your roof, it’s best to call a reliable contractor for an inspection and advice.
Avoid poor roofing workmanship by ensuring that your contractor has a proven track record of excellence and professionalism. At NorthWest Construction, our roofing experts are highly capable of meeting your requirements. We serve clients in West Bloomfield, Dearborn and Taylor, MI. Call us at 313-277-7676 for more information.