Every lawyer carried the title lawyer – but if you have ever needed the services of a lawyer, you know how important it is to get a highly experienced and qualified lawyer. It is the same with roofing contractors. Not every other contractor that brands themselves as contractors are good enough. The longevity of the roof job largely depends on which contractor you pick for the job. The following are some of the mistakes rookie roofers make and how to avoid them.
- Shingle layers
In most areas, it is now illegal to install a new layer of shingles on an old one. However, even if your municipality has not outlawed it, it is still a bad idea to overlay the old shingles with new ones. The extra weight of multiple layers of shingles might be too much for the deck and that could cause your roof to cave in or it could damage the structure of your roof over time. Removing old shingles before doing the repair also allows the contractor to have a look at the underlying deck in case there are any fragile areas that need repair as well.
- Forgetting the roofing permit
A permit is often required before installing a new roof on a property. Rookie contractors could easily overlook this small and yet important step. If this happens, the authorities will hold the contractor liable- on the contrary, the home owner will be answerable. There are serious legal implications ranging from paying a fine to being compelled to remove the roof. In addition, insurance companies will decline to insure a roof that was not installed in the proper legal framework.
- Mismatching shingles
Asphalt roofing shingles are usually manufactured in batches. If a contractor uses different suppliers, they might end up with mismatching shingles and apart from that looking untidy; it interferes with the integrity and strength of the roof. The best way to avoid this mistake when doing your roofing job is to keep away from inexperienced contractors because these are the ones that mostly make the mistake of using mismatching shingles.
- Incorrect installations
Contrary to common belief, not every shingle is installed the same way. There is a specific way of installing roofing materials depending on the manufacturer. A good contractor follows the manufacturer’s guidelines to the letter. Not following these instructions could harm you in any number of ways. For starters, a simple mistake, like using more nails than is recommended is all it takes to void a manufacturer’s warranty.
Twelve Oaks roofing is an established roof repair west bloomfield Michigan company that has worked on lots of roof repair and roof installation projects over the years. We understand what needs to be done to ensure a long lasting roof. Our experience in the roofing industry has exposed us to all manner of scenarios and that has prepared to handle almost anything. You can trust to handle you job without making any of the above rookie mistakes. Contact us today for a free quote.