When it comes to roofing repairs or installation jobs, there are useful shortcuts and then there are harmful ones. It’s not unusual for your roofer to take a few shortcuts, but a good roofing contractor should always prioritize their customer’s satisfaction with high-quality workmanship. Shortcuts that endanger the stability of a roof is akin to cheating customers of their investment.
Let our roofing professionals at Shelter Construction Services show you some of the dangerous shortcuts your roofer should never take.
Keeping the Old Shingles
Re-roofing can be summarized into two general steps: first, the removal of old shingles and, second, the installation of new ones. If your contractor is trying to convince you that you can save money on labor by putting your new shingle or slate roof replacement over the old roof, this is a huge red flag. In some areas, having two or more layers of roofing materials is actually illegal. Moreover, your roof might suffer some structural damage from the extra weight it now has to carry.
Reusing Worn Out Materials
There’s a reason why regular roof maintenance includes replacing old parts that may no longer be as effective as they were in the past. If your contractor is suggesting that rusted flashing, old drip edges, or failing ventilation parts can be reused, this is simply not true. There’s nothing worse than having a full roof replacement that cost you thousands of dollars to fail prematurely because you skimped out on the small accessories. Insist on getting new flashing strips, vents and other related parts to ensure the quality of your installation.
At Shelter Construction Services, we are your trusted local provider of superior services and custom metal roofing. Give us a call at (434) 724-8160 for Virginia, or (336) 578-6731 for North Carolina. You may also fill out our convenient online contact form to learn more about our financing options in a free in-home consultation with one of our representatives.