If you need to fix a minor leak in the roof or patch up some missing shingles, picking up the phone to call a local roofer is a step in the right direction. But before you sign on the dotted line, you need to make sure that the estimate they will give you is reasonable. If the price is suspiciously low, it can be a telltale sign that the contractor is cutting corners and skimping on quality to attract customers. Here are common ways less-than-professional roofers cut corners to lower costs:
- Not using enough nails: This may not sound like a major complication, but not utilizing adequate roofing nails during the installation can bring plenty of problems. If a contractor decides to skimp out on the nails to save a few bucks, the roof will not be strong and secure enough to withstand high winds. Once a big storm hits the town, the wind will get under the shingles and allow water to trickle in, causing leaks.
- Failing to install a proper ice and water shield: While building codes state that roofers must install the ice and water shield 24 inches from the exterior wall, this requirement is simply the base level. Some contractors will attempt to save money and get away by delivering the bare minimum to their customers. It is preferable to have more of an overhang to get superior protection against weather elements.
- Not matching the ridge cap with shingles: Many roofing contractors cut corners by advertising and selling a 30-year shingle roofing system, and then backtrack by installing a ridge cap that has an expected lifespan of 20 years. This can clearly cause a huge problem in the future, specifically when an issue arises with your shingles and the manufacturer cannot warrant the shingles because the system is mismatched.
The good news is, you can easily avoid these troublesome situations by hiring a GAF Master Elite® roofer. Being a GAF-certified contractor means the roofer had to go through a high-level screening process and stringent training to make sure they were up to GAF standards.
Larry Vaught Roofing is a premier source of roof replacement and roof repair services in and around Grandview, MO. Our GAF-certified roofers are committed to providing the comfort and efficiency every homeowner needs through industry-leading products and outstanding installation and repair skills. Call us today at (816) 722-2282, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.