We regularly get calls from people in the Pocono’s asking to fix another contractor’s poor work. A new roof will last a long time when installed properly and is an investment in your home and family. When a contractor cuts corners, a new roof will fail. A roof is more than just shingles, it is about choosing the right roof contractor to install quality products. These reasons are the top reasons why a new roof will fail.
- Poor installation – A roofer can install the best shingles available, if it’s not installed correctly, the roof will fail. Using a roofer who is certified in installing a particular manufacturer’s product is very important because they know the roof deck protection, leak barriers, and ventilation all work together as a system to protect your home.
- Poor ventilation – A well balanced roof ventilation system will keep your new roof healthy. A good combination of intake and exhaust will allow cool air to enter the attic and push hot, moist air out. During the hot summer months, improper ventilation can contribute to excessive heat build up damaging the roof shingles and roof deck. In the winter poor ventilation can cause ice damming and condensation in the attic which lead to mold.
- Skimping on materials – Do not choose the cheapest bid, they are the cheapest for a reason. Ask your roofer what materials will be used, if a roofer is skimping on important items, paying a bit more upfront may be worth it.
- Reusing flashing – Some contractor think chimney flashing can be reused, so the cut corners and reuse the old flashing. New step flashing and counter flashing is a great way to waterproof a chimney, skylight or wall. It takes more labor to do the job right, so you need to understand that cutting corners just puts your new roof at risk of leaking – and could cost more in the long run.