The roofing industry is home to many reliable contractors who strive to uphold the highest standards. However, there are also a few unscrupulous companies that take advantage or mislead their customers in order to gain a bigger profit.
To avoid falling victim to such tactics, you have to be aware of the various ways they try to cut corners.
Using Cheaper Shingles
Second-grade roof shingles can be purchased at cheaper rates due to their factory defects. To avoid these products, find out where your contractor sources their materials, and make sure you’re really getting for what you paid. Installing subpar shingles could eventually lead to poor roof performance, leakage and premature deterioration.
Using Mismatched Ridge Cap and Roof Shingles
Check the roof shingles and ridge cap that your contractor will be using. Some roofers would say they’re using a lifetime shingle roofing system, but they would actually skimp out on the ridge cap and use a product with only a 20-year guarantee. This is why you have to ensure the products are from the same line of roof system, and they have the same warranty. The manufacturer won’t warrant your roof shingles if they don’t match with the ridge cap.
Installing Ice and Water Shield the Wrong Way
The ice and water shield should be installed at least 24 inches from the exterior wall. This is standard because it offers sufficient protection for your roof and your home. Naturally, if your roof has enough protection, your roof would be less likely to get damaged, and you’re less likely to worry about costly roof repairs.
Commonwealth Roofing & Siding is made up of honest and professional workers who will ensure the most efficient solutions for your projects. Our services include roof replacement, gutter repair and siding replacement among others. Call us at (703) 890-0717, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Sterling and Chantilly, VA.