The roof is one of the most vital components of any building. It is the primary defender against the elements and, along with your exterior siding and gutters, does the all-important job of diverting water away from your home. For this reason, cutting corners when it comes to residential roofing installation is a big no-no and should never be considered even when your roofing budget is tight.
In today’s post, your friends over at Edward Klecka Construction Company shares the three most common roofing shortcuts a reputable roofing company never makes.
Shortcut #1: Not Using the Right Number of Nails
Roofing manufacturers will have specific instructions on how to properly install their products. If you are working with a disreputable roofing company, they may not use the right number of nails to save on costs. While it may not seem like a big deal, not using the correct amount of nails when installing shingles can make your roof vulnerable to leaks and blow-offs.
Shortcut #2: Reusing Old Flashing
Flashing is used to prevent moisture from seeping into the interior of your home and is installed around weak spots such as chimneys, valleys, and skylights. A roofer looking to save a few measly bucks will sometimes recycle old flashing and reuse them after your new roof is installed. As a general rule, you should always install new flashing when replacing your roof even if the old ones seem to be in good condition.
Shortcut #3: Installing New Shingles Over Old Ones
To save time and money, some roofers will install new shingles without removing the old ones. To a regular homeowner this may seem like a good idea since you will be “doubling up” but, on the contrary, the space between the two sets of shingles can create crevices where moisture and debris can accumulate.
From large-scale commercial roofing installation to minor residential roof repairs, count on Edward Klecka Construction Company to exceed all your expectations. For all your roof-related concerns, be sure to give us a call at (805) 633-4171 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.