Roofing is a critical factor in a safe, comfortable home or building. It plays a fundamental role in keeping the occupants, furniture and other personal items protected against outdoor elements that can be threatening, such as severe rainfall and the bright, scorching heat of the sun. It is important to maintain the sturdy and efficient condition of your roof on a regular basis in order to maximize and get the most out of its useful life. A great way to achieve this is to work with a reputable roof repair contractor who is properly licensed, certified and has years of experience — or else, you risk putting your roof in the hands of a bad roofer who would rather cut corners to save costs on materials and labor, leaving you with an unsafe home during a particularly stormy day with heavy downpours and strong winds.
Choosing a GAF-certified roofing contractor can help you get peace of mind. But first, know how less than professional roofers skimp on roof repairs, restorations or replacements to lower their costs.
Not Using Sufficient Nails
The number of nails your contractor will use may seem like an insignificant thing but it actually affects the strength and durability of the roof over your head. A good, trained roofer understands that even the simplest roofing materials to install, like bitumen roof shingles, must be nailed according to the exact specifications of the shingle manufacturer. It is crucial to apply roofing nails not only in the right quantity but also correct area in order to lock a shingle into its place in a steady and secure manner. In fact, accurate nailing is required by the International Building Code.
If a roofing contractor skimps out on the nails to save a little bit of money, it will be easier for the wind to get under your shingles and allow water to seep through the roof. This can lead to a disastrous situation once a big storm hits your neighborhood.
Not Using the Correct Roofing Nails
Your roof repair contractor may use the right number of nails on each shingle but it will do you no good if they use poor and ineffective roofing nails instead. Roofing nails are used to fasten shingles, install the underlayment for waterproofing and attach sheet metal or roof tiles. An experienced roofer recognizes that there are different types of roofing nails made of unique materials and in various sizes.
In general, a roofing nail should have a barbed body and nominal shank diameter of 2.7 mm with a head from 9 mm in diameter. All nails must be galvanized and show resistance to corrosion.
Using Second-Grade Shingles
A less qualified roofer may use second-grade shingles that are not strong enough to shield your home or building against harsh weather conditions. In most instances, these shingles are priced cheaper because they failed to meet the standards of manufacturing companies due to the presence of defects.
Some common manufacturing defects in asphalt shingles are cupping and blisters. Cupping occurs when the center of a single appears to be concave in shape. Meanwhile, blisters appear as bubble-like marks on the surface of an asphalt shingle and are often caused by moisture trapped in the shingle substrate during the manufacturing process. Many homeowners mistake blisters for hail damage, so make sure to schedule a roof inspection to assess and determine the appropriate solution for your roofing problem.
Not Installing Ice and Water Shield Properly
A building code requires roofing companies to install an ice and water shield no less than 24” from the exterior wall. But this is only the baseline requirement for good protection. A reputable roofing contractor will install an ice and water shield on eaves, rake edges, overhangs and valleys since these areas are extremely susceptible to ice dams and wind-driven rain. Any feature that penetrates the roof deck, such as dormers and skylights, can also benefit from the installation of an ice and water protector.
A roof with a low pitch is at a higher risk for ponding water and should be protected with an ice and water shield. Keep in mind that more protection translates into savings on roof repairs and restoration in the future.
Using a Ridge Cap That Does Not Match the Shingles
A roofing company selling a shingle roofing system with a 30-year or lifetime warranty sounds inviting to old and new homeowners alike. However, you need to be sure that you are working with a reliable roofer since some contractors will try to turn around and install a ridge cap — or shingles that are specifically designed to fit the ridges of roofs — that only has a 20-year lifespan in order to cut down their expenses. This can pose a big problem with your warranty when a roof inspection company discovers signs of storm or hail damage in the future. Once the manufacturer has found out that your shingles and ridge cap shingles do not match, they will not warrant your roof.
Not Using Drip Edges on Rakes
Drip edge on a roof is a metal flashing that is installed at the eaves and rakes. It helps control the flow of water and protects the decking and fascia from water penetration during driving rains. It also seals off the gaps at the bottom of the roof which can allow small animals to enter the attic. Drip edges do not corrode or stain so that roofing systems can look sleek and remain structurally stable for a long time.
The catch is that drip edges on rakes are not a requirement and therefore an unnecessary expense to some roofing companies. If you are going for longevity, it is important to find a good, local roofer who includes the application of drip edges in their roofing service.
Subcontracting the Roofing Work
A roof repair or storm damage company who frequently hires subcontractors to do the roofing job may not be the best fit for you. You may end up with a poor quality of work due to lower labor costs. This is a common practice of companies that cut corners to offer low prices on roofing repairs or replacements. Be sure to hire a reputable roofing contractor who has their own employees to keep the standards up to par.
Why Hire a GAF Master Elite® Contractor?
A GAF-certified roofing contractor is properly licensed, insured and has a proven track record. They undergo professional training and testing to ensure superior workmanship and gain knowledge regarding the latest installation techniques. In fact, Master Elite® roofers have been provided with extensive educational materials produced by experts at GAF. Working with a certified contractor also means that you can expect outstanding customer service as well as access to the highest quality of materials available on the market.
Contact StormROOF Systems, LLC for Your Roofing Needs Today
Keep your home or building protected all year round with the help of a GAF-certified roofing contractor. StormROOF Systems, LLC is a leading source of top-rated roofing solutions in Georgia. Our trained, experienced professionals aim to provide excellent roof inspection and assessment, along with storm damage repair, refurbishment and renovation services to help our clients get back on their feet. We also provide financial assistance and can expertly guide you through the insurance claims process. Make sure to call us today at (470) 300 1768 or fill out our form to schedule a free inspection. We look forward to working with you!