Have you noticed your neighbors having new roofs installed? A typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years; but younger roofs can fail too. You need to have your roof inspected at least once a year because a new roof can break the bank and improperly installed roofs or neglect in maintenance will lead to big problems down the road.
New Roofs Can Have Defects & Be Prone to Failure if Not Installed Properly
1. Poor installation. If a roof isn’t installed the right way, it can fail and it won’t matter if the best shingles have been used either. The best shingles mean nothing if they’re installed incorrectly so it’s imperative to use a company that is experienced in the installation of all types of shingles. They need to be knowledgeable on the products and how the deck, protection leak barriers and ventilation all work with the shingles being used. This will give your home the protection it needs.
2. Improper ventilation. A healthy roof depends largely on a properly balanced attic ventilation system. This is a combination of intake, that brings in cool, fresh air into the attic and exhaust that then forces hot, moist air out. This exchange is necessary. Hot summers and incorrect ventilation can lead to heat and moisture build up that can be damaging inside the attic. During the cold, winter months, incorrect ventilation can lead to the formation of ice dams that can lead to leaks in your roof. Contractors need to know how ventilation in the attic works with an inspection of the attic space. The assumption that the system that was already there worked shouldn’t be made. It needs to be inspected.
3. Beware of cheap roofing bids. Some contractors will skimp on materials that are crucial to the way the roof functions. These materials include sealants, edge metal and leak barriers. Make sure you hire a reputable company that uses the best materials. Choosing a higher bid that uses better materials might be the difference between a good roof and a bad one.
4. Flashings are important. Many contractors will tell you that flashings are more of a design feature of the roof rather than a functional feature. For this reason, they may not install the right number of them and choose to use caulk to seal. To have a waterproof chimney, skylight or wall, it’s imperative to combine step flashing and counter flashing. Your home is at risk from a failing roof when corners are cut with flashing and caulk will break down over time, causing problems down the road.
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Workmanship is by far the number one culprit when a roof fails. Poorly installed roofs will lead to shingles blowing off, leaks, property damage and mold growth. The easiest way to ensure your roof won’t fail is to hire professionals with lots of experience in roof installation. This can be intimidating, so ask for references. Any reputable company should have a list of them and have no problem providing you with them. Call Nickerson Roofing to guide you through the steps in having a new roof installed. We will help you make the best option for your home and make sure it’s installed correctly the first time. Contact us today!