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How To Tell Your Contractor Did A Terrible Roofing Job

The shade of your roof is an important design element of your home. When it comes to re-roofing, you want to ensure that the contractor you hire does the job right. After all, a poor roofing job can lead to big problems down the road – like leaks, drafts, and even structural damage.

But a roofer won’t tell you he did poorly, right? The RKG Roofing and Construction team has over twenty years of experience guiding our clients through the horror of the roofing industry. Stay with us as we unveil five surefire signs that your roofing contractor did a terrible job.

1. You Bathe in Rain Indoors:

The rain is beautiful, okay. But it’s meant to stay outside! If you find yourself getting showered inside your home, it’s time to call a professional. Water should never be coming into your house through the roof – that’s one of its primary purposes, after all.

A quick leak check is to go into your attic during or after a rainfall. If you spot any wet patches on the underside of your roof, that means water is somehow getting in. And that’s not good.

2. Your Energy Bills Are Beating Your Neighbor’s:

We get it – houses are different sizes, and some have more energy-efficient appliances than others. But if it becomes apparent that your energy bills are significantly higher than those of your neighbors’, it could be due to poor insulation in your attic by shoddy workmanship.

You can check your insulation by, again, going into your attic. If it’s thin, patchy, or missing in some areas, you’re losing heat (and money).

3. You Spot Uneven Shingles:

Shingles are the small, individual tiles that make up your roof. They should be evenly spaced and lay flat against each other. If they’re uneven, it’s a sign that your contractor wasn’t fully invested in the job, and that may lead to more significant problems down the road like leaking.

By uneven, we mean that some of the shingles are lifted higher than others or lay at different angles. It might result from carelessly driven nails, cutting corners, or just bad craftsmanship.

4. Essential Components Left Out:

Many things make the roof work properly as a system, and if any of those components are missing, it can cause big problems. For example, if the contractor forgot to put in flashing (a thin strip of metal that protects vulnerable points on the roof like corners and joints), your roof will be more susceptible to leaking.

Other things that are essential for a well-functioning roof system are soffits (the vents that allow air to circulate under the roof), drip edge (a metal strip that protects the edges of the roof from water damage), and valley flashing (metal placed in valleys, or low spots on the roof, to prevent leaks).

5. You Hear Strange Noises:

You should never hear strange noises coming from your roof – especially creaking, popping, or banging. It’s creepy. These noises usually indicate structural problems (not paranormal activity, luckily). It could be something caused by improper installation or poor-quality materials.

Bottom Line:

We know that’s a lot to take in, but a reputable roofing contractor will be able to see through all of these problems (and more!) and give you an accurate estimate for repairs.

RKG Roofing and Construction, in Fort Worth, TX, deals in residential and commercial roofing and can help you no matter the size or scope of your roofing project.

Get a free estimate on your roofing project today! We look forward to hearing from you.