As a homeowner, you deserve a well-designed roofing system that’s built to keep your home safe and dry from the natural elements. But this is only possible if you work with a trusted contractor who has the right training, equipment and experience for the job. And even if your roof seems mostly intact, a few signs of improper installation can still be present if you look more closely.
Trusted contractor Howard Roofing & Home Improvements shares insights on some of the common signs of a poorly built roof:
Shoddy Gutter Installation
Gutters are designed to catch water runoff from your roof and redirect it to the downspouts and away from your property. Check the different sections of your gutters for signs of water pooling, as this can be a big sign that they weren’t installed properly. If left unaddressed, the standing water will not only start to pool but also seep into your roof. This can lead to premature deterioration and damage to your roof’s inner structure.
Uneven Roofing Surface
A solid roofing system should have a uniform outer appearance. It means that the roofing contractor has properly placed the shingles. When doing a visual roof inspection from the ground, look for areas that appear bumpier than others. Even if the surface looks even, check the color of the shingles in case they have different shades. This is known as a “rainbow roof,” which means the contractor didn’t order the same color of shingles to cover the entire surface. This can also indicate other problems that you won’t easily see, which makes it a good enough reason to have the roof redone to prevent further damage and repair costs.
Improper Flashing Installation
Flashing is the sheet metal placed on the valleys and protrusions such as the vents and the chimney to keep water from seeping through the roofing system. Flashing must be applied properly, or else water can leak into the inner structure and cause rot and other forms of moisture damage. Leakage can also lead to mold and mildew and can infiltrate your home’s ventilation system and affect your indoor air quality.
If you’re looking for professional roofers for your summer roof replacement project, Howard Roofing & Home Improvements has got you covered. If you live in St. Charles, MO, give us a call today at (636) 296-1057. You may also fill out our online contact form to get started.