Thankfully, you don’t have to be a licensed practitioner to be able to spot a poor-quality roofing job. The following are five signs you should look out for to see if you’ve had a poor-quality roof replacement.
- Lack of paperwork
A contractor who you can rely on will show you the necessary paperwork before they begin working on your property. They should also show you a valid permit.
It’s a big red flag if a licensed contractor asks you to obtain a building permit yourself. This would mean that they’re more than likely uninsured and unlicensed and would make yourself liable for all costs or injuries that occur on the job, not something you necessarily want.
- Poor appearance
One of the easiest ways to see if your roof has been replaced well is to take a close look at the appearance of it. In some cases you’ll be able to spot evidence of poor roofing without having to leave the ground.
Missed or damages shingles are very easy to spot and are a tell-tale sign of a lazy roofing job.
Similarly, dark stains on your roof can be evidence of water leaks. If the damage is widespread you may require an entire new roof which can be very costly, so it’s better to be safe than sorry in these cases.
People often forget to look for the basics – are the tiles uniform? Mismatched tiles and shingles are a sure sign that your contractor has been cutting corners.
- The drip edge is missing
The drip edge is the metal sheet that extends over the gutter and protects the board under your roof from damage. You can suffer a whole range of issues if a drip edge is missing, including but not limited to mould, rot, staining, flooding in basements and soil erosion along the foundation.
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- Hardware mistakes
Ensuring a roof is watertight goes deeper than just having matching and uniform tiles and shingles. Something as simple as incorrect nails or nails that are incorrectly spaced will cause leaks and potentially even result in dislodged tiles in a storm or during high winds. Although this isn’t’ as easy to check as with some of the other points on this list, it’s not to be dismissed as less important.
- Underlay is missing
Underlayment is an added layer of protection against rain and wind. Without this material installed above your roof decking and below the shingles, the roof will more than likely age prematurely and leak.
Sometimes contractors may have reused your underlay or missed it out altogether. Where possible, keep track of what your contractor is doing to avoid any mistakes that could be prevented.
Hopefully you’re now able to ascertain if you’ve the victim of a poor roofing job. If you find yourself in a position where you believe you’ve had a poor-quality roofing job, check out Findley Roofing for a licensed and high-quality roof replacement.