Signs Of Poor Roofing Done By Disreputable Roofing Contractors
Because the roof is a vital part of the structure of your home, it’s one of, if not, the most critical aspects of any building as a whole. It’s also costly to install, maintain and repair, which is why there are many shady roofing companies out there without the necessary experience or licensing required to do the job. If you think you’ve hired a disreputable roofing company in the past, and want to avoid it in future, here are a few signs to look out for.
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The Original Issue Persists
When you get a roofing company to perform repairs on your roof, you expect your hard-earned money to be put to good use. You want your home investment to pay off in several ways, including a stable roof that lasts its intended lifespan. However, if you have a leak, broken roof tiles or another roof-related issue that persists after being repaired, it’s a good sign that they’re not to be trusted.
In most instances, an untrustworthy roofing company will perform patch repairs that are good enough to pass as resolved just long enough until they get paid. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to tell that the work was poorly done until after the roofing issue continues to plague you. Companies that conduct business like this are only interested in making money as quickly as possible. If this has happened to your roof, get it inspected by another roofing company. They should be able to tell you if the job was done correctly the first time.
The Roofing Material Is Misaligned
When your new roof is installed, the roofing materials should be aligned in a way that provides structural integrity as well as aesthetic qualities. For example, flashing is installed around areas that are prone to leaks so that water is directed away from those areas. If the flashing was installed incorrectly, or if it was misaligned, not only would it defeat the purpose of preventing leaks, but it would make your roof unattractive. A reputable roofing company will ensure that all roofing materials were installed correctly. If not, then your roofing company is not dependable.
Stains On The Ceiling
If you start spotting stains on your ceiling, it points to one thing and one thing only – a leak. Watermarks on your ceiling mean that water is not draining away from the roof correctly. Therefore, either it’s pooling on the roof, or your roof has been damaged in some way, or something was improperly installed. If your roof is still relatively new, and shouldn’t have sprung a leak yet, it means that your roofing company did a lousy job during installation, or poor-quality materials were used during the construction.
There’s No Drip Edge
Flashing has already been mentioned, where it’s installed around objects on your roof to redirect water, to avoid leaks. Flashing is installed around walls, skylights, chimneys and ventilation systems – basically, around anything that disturbs the flow of the roof, leaving caps between roof tiles. However, metal flashing is also used at the edges of the ceiling, between the roofing material and the underlayment.
Called the drip edge, it helps control the flow of water to lead away from the fascia. It also protects underlying roofing components that could get water damaged without it. But if your roof was installed without a drip edge, that means that your roofing company of choice has cut corners, which could lead to your roof sustaining damage.
The Sheathing Is Warped
An additional sign of a bad job is roof warpage around the sheathing. Roof sheathing, otherwise known as decking, is a robust layer of wooden boards attached to the joists and trusses of your roof. It’s not the topmost layer of your roof, but it does provide a lot of structural support to the structure as a whole because shingles and roof tiles are attached to it. That means that it should carry the weight of your roof tiles, which can get heavy, depending on your tiles of choice. If your sheathing is warping, it either means that the wood that was used isn’t strong enough to carry that weight, or it has sustained water damage. Unfortunately, if this has happened to your roof, you’ll have to reinstall an entire new roof from top to bottom.
If you see one or more of these signs on your roof, unfortunately, you have fallen prey to a disreputable roofing company. Thankfully, you can always lean on Archer Roofing for support. Call us today, and we’ll do what we do best – high-quality roof construction, repairs and maintenance.