Separating the “Fly-By-Nights” from The Rooftop Rangers – Part 2

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When last we left our blog, we wanted to share with you Common Mistakes We See in the Roofing Business. These are what separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. But with the chaff, sometimes the customer gets the shaft! There’s nothing better than being well informed, so here’s more of what to look for.

  • 1. Improper Flashing installation

    – We’ve seen some installations that have left us scratching our heads. The flashing goes around your chimney, in roof valleys and around skylights. If the flashing is misaligned, improperly overlapped or insufficiently fastened, then your roof is not sufficiently prepared to protect you from rain and the occasional ice storm.

  • 2. Mismatched Slate Coloring

    – If you need some repairs done to your slate roof, pay attention to how well the slate matches. Make sure the roofer lays it on the ground and inspects all slate before installing it. Even slate that comes from the same source can have a variety of colors. You want consistency of slate coloring THEN. The worst time to notice differentiations in color is when you’re driving up to house AFTER it’s installed on your roof and the roofer is long gone.

  • 3. Improper Overhang

    – A little overhand of the shingles over the eaves of the house is good. Too much, and those shingles are flappin’ in the breeze, blowing them up and eventually off! Make sure that your roofer gives your roof the proper amount of overhang. To further protect from wind damage, ask to ensure that they are using the correct number of fasteners per shingle for the wind zone that your home is in.

  • 4. Improper Ventilation

    – Breathing is good. It’s recommended! And it’s even important for your roof. A lot of homeowners don’t realize how important proper ventilation is. Otherwise, it can lead to excess heat build-up and damaging moisture collection. Trusted roofing contractors use advanced roofing materials to ensure that your roof is not only structurally sound, but properly vented.

  • 5. Decking Issues

    – The decking on your roof is one of the most important parts of your roof because it’s the foundation for the shingles. Make sure that your roofer inspects all decking to make sure that it is in good shape, and ready for shingles, moisture barriers, flashing and other coverings..

When the homeowner is well informed about what comprises a quality roofing job, he or she holds the roofer accountable. Whether your roof was damaged in a recent storm, or you just want to tend to it as part of normal wear and tear, we want you to feel comfortable with your choice of a reputable company.

If you are looking for a professional Houston Roofing contractor, please call us today at 1.800.ROOF.PRO or complete our online request form.