A roof is a valuable investment as it protects everything beneath it from exposure to harmful UV rays and the weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. At some point, your roof may need repairs or a complete re-roofing to ensure your home will be well protected.
However, a roofing project can be such a stressful and expensive that many homeowners and roofing contractors might opt to take shortcuts to save time and money. While it may seem like a good idea at first glance, they can lead to expensive issues that will have you paying for a long time.
Ignoring LeaksMany homeowners might opt to skip on repairing small leak sources when dealing with other repairs to save money. However, a roof leak doesn’t miraculously go away or heal itself like a minor wound. In fact, the longer it sits there, the more significant damage it will make. Eventually, it can even cause interior damages that are costlier to fix.
When moisture enters your home and has an opportunity to spread, it can cause catastrophic problems such as encourage the growth of mold, mildew, and wood-decay fungi, which can affect the residents’ health. Any wood-eating fungus can eat away at wood until the home structure is completely destroyed. Besides your home’s structure, water can also ruin your personal belongings.
This could be a significant loss for homeowners as items such as televisions, furniture, and appliances can incur significant damage or total damage with even just the smallest leak. Worse yet, the mix of water and electricity can lead to hazardous conditions or even fires.
A subtler yet expensive effect of ignoring leaks is the loss of insulation. Leaks do not only allow water to enter but also lets your temperature-controlled air out. The loss of insulation can make your home draftier and uncomfortable, but also affect your home’s energy efficiency. You might end up wasting a lot of money just to keep your home at a preferred temperature.
Avoiding MaintenanceWhile a lot of roofs are designed to last long without requiring lots of maintenance, it does need caring from time to time. Some roofing companies may suggest putting off roof maintenance for a quicker and less expensive job. However, ignoring roof maintenance is one way to incur damage.
It can lead to the catastrophic failure of your roof and incur further damage to your home. Believe it or not, maintaining your roof can actually help you save money. Proper roof maintenance lessens the need for repairs and prevents roof failure, which would lead to expenses related to replacing your roof and the fallout to the rest of your home.
Using staplesWhen compared to using hammer and nails, staple guns are much faster in fastening your shingles. Since using staple guns makes the job go much faster for roofers, this is such a common shortcut to take. However, it also comes with a price.
Staples are not designed for roofing use at all. They’re barely an inch long, making them too short to hold shingles in place. Eventually, the shingles will start to break free from the roof deck. Long roofing nails will ensure that everything will stay in place.
Roofing nails are designed for roofing installation and are the fasteners used by roofers who know what they’re doing. Moderate wind speeds would readily tear the shingles off the roof. Additionally, different asphalt shingle products require different nailing patterns. This ensures they won’t rust and that your roof has proper decking coverage and protection from the elements.
Hiring an Unqualified RooferWhen it comes to any roofing projects, one of the worst shortcuts you can make is going with a contractor that can actually deliver results. It’s essential as a homeowner to avoid this shortcut as it can lead to a faulty roof, delays in completion, or just a lousy looking home.
Everyone is aware of the importance of finding the right contractor, but not everyone has the experience to choose one. Ultimately, many homeowners might decide to go with the cheapest company. However, being the most affordable doesn’t equate to being the best.
Make sure to vet your roofing company and do a little recon before signing the contract. Take into account the following qualities:
- Adequate Roofing Knowledge
- Free Estimates
- Good Communication
- History of Good Work – With Samples to Show
- Positive Ratings and Reviews
- Local Experience
- Product and Labor Warranty
- Licensed, Bonded, And Insured
- Utilizes Good Roofing Products
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