You would be shocked to know how many roof repairs are completed poorly. In fact, shoddy roof repair is actually much more common than you might expect. In most instances it’s easy to identify a poor roof repair “if” you know what to look for. The problem is, even if you know what to look for, you may not be able to clearly see the completed repair from the ground. Maybe that’s why so many roof repairs are completed poorly.
During our 53 years in business, we constantly receive requests to bid repair of roof areas that have been previously unsuccessfully repaired by others. And in most instances, once we’ve been to look at the problem, we find the previous roof repair to have been completed so poorly it is literally laughable. It’s as if the roof repair had been completed without any regard for basic installation practices.
Telltale Signs of a Poor Roof Repair.
We hate to see homeowners being taken advantage of. So here are a few things we advise you look for the next time you have a roof repair completed. The most obvious thing we recommend is to look and see if the new roofing materials tuck in under the existing roofing materials. And, see if the new roofing materials extend up “behind” any adjoining siding. If the new roofing materials do not slip in under the existing materials (i.e. do not properly tie in to the existing roofing materials), and / or new roofing materials are attached to the exterior of any adjoining siding, you can conclude you are the recipient of a poorly performed roof repair. Of course there are numerous other factors that will lend toward the quality of roof repair you receive. But, failure to properly tie in to the existing roofing and failure to properly tie in to the existing siding are the two most common errors we consistently and all too frequently observe.
We would also caution you not to assume you will get a professionally performed roof repair simply because you are using a company that advertises a lot on TV or radio. Some of the more “laughable” repairs we have observed over the years were actually performed by well-known / name recognized contractors.
To follow are photos illustrating a very poorly completed roof repair.
The white membrane material shown in these photos was installed in effort to prevent leakage where a metal valley flashing drains down into an opposing sidewall. The obvious faults include:
- The membrane is adhered to the exterior of the adjoining stucco siding
- The membrane does not extend up under the metal valley flashing. It is installed on top of the metal valley flashing and tarred heavily!
- The membrane material is pushed up under some shingles a few inches, but is not properly tied in to the adjoining composition shingle roofing. They couldn’t even use a knife to cut the shingles. Instead, you can see where they simply tore a shingle to extend membrane slightly up under the shingles.
As un-imaginable as it may seem, we see this sort of shoddy workmanship all of the time!
To follow are a few photos of the same roof area, illustrating how we removed the previous roofer’s poorly installed roofing and replaced with a properly and professionally completed roof repair:
Note how small the white membrane roofing material is (i.e. approximately a 2 foot by 2 foot piece). And notice that the white membrane material only extends up under a shingle about 4-inches. It is also fastened on top of the metal valley flashing above and adhered to the exterior of the adjoining stucco siding to the left.
Note that the new black EPDM membrane roofing material extends up under the adjoining composition shingle roofing a foot or more, extends up under the metal valley flashing a foot or more, and extends up the substrate of the adjoining wall several feet. We removed the existing stucco siding at this juncture before installing the new EPDM membrane roofing so the new membrane will end up being installed “behind” siding once new siding is installed.
As illustrated below, the black EPDM membrane is now mostly concealed because it properly extends up under composition shingles, up under the metal valley flashing, and up under the adjoining new siding. The differences are obvious. One repair was obviously performed quite poorly (laughably so) and one was obviously completed professionally.
Take the guess work out of finding someone you can trust to do the job right. Call on the pros at Larry L. Vaught Roofing for your next roof repair Kansas City and get the job done right the first time.