Did Your Roofers Do a
Having your roof repaired or replaced can be a significant expense, and as such,
it’s vital that the work is carried out to a satisfactory standard. But should you
check on the standard of your roofers work while the project is underway or wait
until they’ve finished? And what should you even be looking for?
Below are a few things to look out for while the roofers are working, and some
points to check once work has been completed (and ideally in the roofer’s
presence so that they can answer any questions you might have):
Can you see drip edge flashing?
The material that a good roofing contractor will install at every edge of your roof,
drip edge flashing protects your home from water damage and guards it against
pest infestations in the attic. If your roof is made from shingles, look up at the
gables and eaves and see if each has a drip edge; you should see metal flashing
between the shingles and the underlayment. If you don’t see it, your roof could
easily spring a leak.
Does the roof look even and uniform?
Once your roof has been repaired or replaced, give it a thorough visual
inspection from the ground level and see if it looks uniform and even all over in
appearance. If you see that the roofline is sagging, or any of the asphalt shingles
aren’t the same color, you may have fallen victim to bad roofers.
Is underlayment being used?
You’ll need to check on this while your roofing contractor is in the process of
carrying out the work, and if you see that the roofers aren’t placing an
underlayment between the sheathing and he shingles of your home, you should
query this with them immediately. Acting as a barrier to protect your home from
moisture, it also helps to prolong your roofs’ lifespan.
Have the roofers used effective flashing practices?
Metal flashing, and plenty of it, should always be installed around areas of the
roof that are prone to leaks, such as pipes or chimneys, and it should be placed
under the shingles, not on top of them. If you don’t see any