Hiring a qualified contractor to replace your residential roofing system is critical. Your roof plays a vital role in your home’s looks and weather protection, so you need to ensure the person installing it knows what they’re doing. Mistakes made during installation by a sloppy roofer can lead to premature roofing failure, among other problems.
When interviewing candidates for your roofing job, beware of any residential or commercial roofing company that recommends the following bad practices:
1. Installing a New Roof Over the Old One
Installing new shingles over the old ones can save you money because it’s faster than a complete roof replacement. However, this practice is not recommended because it puts added weight on the roof, which causes strain and can lead to leaks.
2. Using Low-Quality Materials to Offer Lower Prices
Sticking to a budget is important, but price isn’t everything. You need to also pay attention to quality. Going with the lowest bidder may seem appealing, but this may mean your contractor will use low-quality materials that will end up costing you more in the long run between repairs, maintenance and premature replacement.
3. Not Conducting a Thorough Inspection Before Offering a Quote
Any roofer who provides you with an estimate before thoroughly inspecting your roofing system should not be trusted. An honest roofer will visit your property to thoroughly inspect your attic and roof before diagnosing the problem and offering a solution.
This is another reason why roof replacement is better than re-roofing. With a re-roofing project, the contractor won’t be able to inspect the underlying components of the roof. This could result in damage going undetected.