Different issues may occur when a roofing contractor decides to take a shortcut. Because the roof wasn’t installed properly, it becomes more prone to leaks, rot and structural damage. Instead of being able to maximize the life span of the roofing, the poor homeowner is left dealing with repairs so soon after the roof’s installation.
In this article, Larry Walty Roofing & Guttering Inc., one of the top commercial roofing contractors, lists a few shortcuts that your roofer should never take.
Reusing Old Roofing Materials
Shoddy roofers may suggest reusing the vents, flashing and drip edge. Never agree to it because this can only jeopardize the soundness of your roof. A contractor usually takes this kind of shortcut to reduce the costs, but the money you’ll save from this isn’t worth the potential issues you’ll be dealing with.
Installing a New Roof Over an Old Roof
Roofers usually promise speedy results through this tactic, but it only often brings subpar results. At first, your roof may seem fine, but this kind of roof breaks down more quickly. Without a complete tear-off, the shingles tend to curl and granules shed. You might find yourself paying for a roof repair just a short time after the installation of your new roof. Additionally, it’s important to note that installing a new roof over an old one is illegal in some states.
Not Installing an Underlayment
Having an underlayment is especially important for homes located in areas that are exposed to plenty of rain and snow. This roofing component serves as a moisture barrier against mold and rot. So when your contractor suggests skipping the installation of the underlayment, insist that you want to have it done.
Larry Walty Roofing & Guttering Inc. provides an array of services including residential roof replacement and commercial roof repair. Call us at (316) 779-2058 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Wichita, KS, and the surrounding areas.