No one wants to face replacing their roof, especially if it’s new! However, this happens more than you think. It could stem from sub-par installation, shoddy materials or poor use of ventilation. There are many reasons why this can happen. No one wants to think it will happen to them, which is why it’s important to hire the right roofers in the first place. Ask questions about their experience and the materials they use, along with any available warranties to protect your investment. You should also get free estimates to help you plan your budget.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons for new roof failure, low-quality roof installation is often to blame. The contractors hired for the job likely cut corners, whether stemming from lack of knowledge of the latest materials and techniques or deliberate disregard to the client. Whatever the case, improper techniques and shoddy craftsmanship can cause roof failure — even when the best materials are used. You can have the most expensive and trusted materials in the world but if they’re not installed according to manufacturer specifications, they can fail. Any roofer you choose should have extensive manufacturers’ training on installation techniques for the products they install.
On the flip side, you can have the best roofers in the business, but if they install low-quality materials, roof failure can result fairly quickly. Sure, you want the best price on your roof installation. However, cutting corners on materials is not the way to go. Don’t fall for low ball quotes from Roofers in fort worth TX, as there is most certainly a reason the price is so low. It usually has a lot to do with product quality so they can pocket as much money for themselves as they can. Some contractors who claim to use higher-end materials often skimp on the quantity of those materials to save money on installation. Remember: you get what you pay for. Do your research and don’t settle for the lowest price.
Improper Use of Flashing
Flashing is used around corners and edges to create a waterproof enclosure for your roof. This is one of the most important components of your overall roofing system, as it keeps water from getting into your home via chimneys, skylights and other areas where gaps can be located. Metal flashing is an aesthetic way to cover those gaps and seams, preventing moisture from getting in. However, some roofers use caulk instead of flashing, which is a big red flag. That’s because caulk has a limited lifespan, and can result in leaks quickly after installation. Even if a roofer uses flashing, it can be installed improperly, failing to divert water from the flashing and instead funneling water into it.
Proper ventilation is key in any roofing system. Without it, damaging heat and moisture build-up can result in the summer, while ice dams can form in the winter. Air must be allowed to get into the attic, with exhaust features drawing warm, moist air out of the attic. Ask roofers what ventilation techniques they use to ensure a well-ventilated home.
So many things can go wrong when getting a new roof. However, with the right research and attention to detail, you can choose the right roofers for the job who won’t take you for a ride. Do your part to examine credentials and interview several roofers for your upcoming roofing project.
Contact Ferris Roofing
Ferris Roofing puts quality installation and materials first every time. Contact us today at 817-435-4539. We would be happy to give you a free, no-obligation estimate and discuss the materials and techniques we use, as well as our training and experience.