Did my roofer do a good job?

Written by Liam Barnes

September 30, 2021

Roofing is one of the most expensive types of home repairs, but there are still roofers that do shoddy work.

It’s good to be aware of common issues with roofing because you never want to wait until a heavy Spring shower causes interior water damage before you fix the bad work that was done. 

But, don’t you have to be an expert to notice roofing mistakes? Not at all!

In fact, here are several signs that your Killeen roofing company either did not know what they were doing or was too lazy to care. 

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4 ROOFING JOB NO’S

​1. The Roofing Isn’t Uniform
A roof should always be symmetrical no matter how old it is or how many times it has been repaired. Shingles should always be even across the entire roof and all angles should be aligned.

The shakes should match the shingles (and the shingles should all match each other). Sometimes some shingles do not match the rest, while other times one side of the roof does not align with the other.

​This is a tell tale sign that someone did not do the best job when the roof or shingles were repaired.

2. Missing or Low Quality Underlayment
Underlayment protects your home from the elements and is placed between the sheathing and shingles. Underlayment can deteriorate over time, so they should always be replaced with all roofing repairs. 

You should always pay attention during a roofing project to see what kind of underlayment, if any, the roofers are using. If they are not using a good quality underlayment, step in. Underlayment will protect your home from damaging, and costly, leaks.

We recommend using a synthetic underlayment because they are strong, durable, and less prone to deterioration than the older style felt underlayment. 

3. Drip Edges Are Missing
Drip edges are pieces of metal that go between the shingles and the underlayment by the edges of the roof that extend out over the gutter. They are extremely important in preventing water from pooling up on the roof. Missing drip edges can lead to mold and rot among other problems you want to avoid. 

Well installed drip edges will prevent water damage and keep your attic from becoming a home to pests. But how do you know if they have been installed?

You can see them between the underlayment and the shingles along the edge of any properly maintained or repaired roof. If you are unsure, do not be afraid to ask your roofers what type of drip edges they use and how to locate them. 

4. Ineffective Flashing and Fasteners
Any roofing company worth a dime will use new quality flashing and fasteners. Flashing should always be placed under shingles and around any areas that may be prone to leaks like pipes or chimneys. 

Caulk or other sealants should never be used instead of flashing. It is cheaper, but your roof will be much more likely to leak and will not last as long as flashing installed by a professional.  

The correct type of fastener always needs to be used and fasteners should always be applied evenly. Incorrect fasteners or ineffective use of them can be the difference between a long lasting professional roof and one that needs costly repairs too soon. 
You should always make sure that the roofers you use never use old or used materials. Newer materials always last longer and keep you from paying to repair your roof in the near future. 

We believe this should go without saying, but sadly, it does not. If you are ever unsure about your roof, be sure to call us so that we can inspect it before your house gets damaged by the elements.

Whenever your roofing project is complete, your roof, siding, windows, lawn, and everything else should be exactly how it was before they showed up. This is a sign of professionalism, ethics, and common courtesy. 

If the roofers left trash or caused minor damage, this could be a red flag. If they were so lazy and impolite by leaving your home or lawn in worse shape than before they arrived, who’s to say they didn’t do the same with your roof? 

If you have any questions or are unsure if your roof is in good shape, call us at 254-275-6563 today!

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