When a roofing contractor does a poor quality job, you, your family or your business usually pay the the price. If you feel like you may have been scammed or are unsure about what to look for in a quality roofing job, here’s what you need to know.
Ventilation – Good ventilation keeps your roof in good shape. A properly installed ventilation system keeps moisture and heat out during the summer. It also keeps your attic cool and helps minimize expansion of your roof during temperature changes. If your attic is retaining moisture, it might be time to make a call to a reputable roofing company.
Installation – If your roof isn’t installed properly, it isn’t going to function. Before you hire a company or contractor, check their certifications and client history. Have other clients made claims against their work? What kind of reputation do they have? How many years have they been in business? You need to ensure that your roof is installed right the first time, by a company who knows what they are doing.
Low Quality Materials – As property owners, many of us want to save money, but skimping out for lower cost roofing materials could spell trouble down the road. Although the price tag may sound appealing, keep in mind that lower costs often mean lower quality. The higher quality materials, the longer your roof will last. Ask your prospective roofing company about they materials they use, and if they guarantee any sort of warranty. It’s a red flag if they are unable to answer these questions.
Poor Flashing – Exhaust pipes, chimneys and any protruding surfaces on the exterior of your home or business should be properly protected and sealed. These areas are notorious for causing leaks, so it’s important that the integrity of your property is protected. Make sure whomever you hire uses proper flashing, like metal flashing. Caulk or other sealants don’t work properly and can degrade over time.