Saving money on your roofing project can sometimes mean you cut corners with some roofing contractors. However, saving money on your home’s roof may cost you later if the work isn’t done properly. Worse still, the roofing work being done on your home’s roof may cause warranty issues with your roof. A professional roofing contractor in Dearborn Michigan can install your roof and avoid these common mistakes. I’ve included a list of the top 6 roofing mistakes that low budget roofing contractors may make on your roof and why they are so critical.
6 Roofing Mistakes That Your Roofing Contractor Should Not Make
Hiring a professional roofing contractor to deal with your roofing issues is a must. There are so many things that can go wrong when you choose to do the work yourself or hire a low quality roofer. Making sure your roofing contractor is fully licensed and insured is just the first step to ensure your roof is repaired or installed correctly the first time. If you choose to have the roof installed by low budget contractors these are some of the common mistakes that may be made or a combination of them.
Leaving Out Roof Ice Dam Protection
Many homes in the southern parts of the United States don’t need roof ice dam protection. However, in Michigan the roof ice dam protection is a must and if it’s not installed correctly it can lead to all sorts of problems and roof leaks. What’s even worse is that this problem may not show up until winter so when you have the roof installed in the spring it may be months before you even realize there is a problem.
Incorrect Nailing of the Shingles
Roofing manufacturers today have strict guidelines on how their products are attached to the roof. Each shingle should have a number of nails placed in areas where they perform best. A low budget roofing contractor may not use the correct amount of nails. This means the roofing shingle will be attached to the roof but it will not protect your home as well if it had been nailed correctly. This simple mistake can also void the warranty on your entire roof.
Incorrectly Lining Up the Starter Shingle Strip
Shingles are placed on the roof in layers and it’s started at the bottom of the roof and the installer will work upward towards the ridge of the home. There is a special type of shingle used in this starting stage called starter shingles. Sometimes roofing contractors will not use these as they are more expensive and it may lead to the roofing shingles being lined up incorrectly on the roof.
Incorrectly Placing the Shingles
Once the starter shingles have been placed and the roofing starts to be placed going up the roofing surface it needs to be uniform. Professional roofing contractors will use lines and lasers to ensure the roofing is being placed correctly and uniform. This is something that should not be guessed at and if it’s not done correctly your roofing materials will show it.
Covering or Obstructing Ventilation for the Roof
Roof ventilation is a very important part of a roofing system. Without proper ventilation the roof may fail prematurely and also may even allow mold to grow inside your home which can be unhealthy. Keep all ventilation ducts and devices open is a must. Talk with your roofing contractor about the roofing ventilation before and after roof installation is done.
Incorrectly Installing Flashing or Ridge Shingles
Other areas of concern on the roof is the valleys and ridges. Valleys in a roof can channel lots of water quickly and if they aren’t installed correctly it can lead to lots of water leaks and damages to your home. There should be flashing installed in these areas and then shingles laid over the top for best results.
Use a Professional Roofing Contractor for Your Roof
As you can see most of these problems can happen and you may not even know about it. That’s why it’s so important to always hire a professional roofing contractor in Dearborn Michigan to install or repair your roof. All Point Construction is one of those contractors that offers free estimates on their roofing services. Give them a call today at 734.407.7110 for more information.