If you own a house, sooner or later you’re going to need the services of a roofer installation company.
Whether you need an entire new roof or just some repairs, it’s important that you understand what techniques your roofer should use to do the work and what inclusions to expect with the job.
Before you sign a contract for roofer installation services, ask these important questions so you are clear on what to expect.
1. Do You Use Complete Matching System Components?
Just about every roof system made today is manufactured as a complete system that includes the roofing material as well as other important components that work with those materials to make a complete roof.
Confirm that your roofer installation company will be using matching components already designed to work together to end up with a great new roof.
2. Knowledge of Application Techniques for Different Weather?
Most installation materials are designed to go on at a specific temperature designated by the manufacturer and there are usually alternative directions for when roofer installation services must work in hotter or colder temperatures.
Make sure your service is aware of those techniques if you are having work done in cold or extreme heat.
3. Do They Follow Manufacture Shingling Method Instructions?
From overlapping and adhesive requirements to how many nails are used and where they are placed, confirm that your contractor is aware of the method required by the manufacturer to provide a quality installation.
Using the wrong technique could void the materials warranty.
4. What Type of Flashing Will be Used?
Flashing is a critical component that protects roofing installations in corners, over angles, around certain protrusions, and anywhere else there is a break in the roofing material that is susceptible to leaks.
Some contractors use only facemount flashing, while others use Z flashing which is preferred as it is more durable and more easily shaped to fit to provide better protection.
5. How Will All Protrusions and Angles Be Sealed?
Valleys and pipe vents are other challenging areas that must be carefully protected to prevent leaking and require sealing using specific techniques.
Valleys require sealing with multiple layers to provide ice and water protection; shingles and flashing are installed using a specific technique.
Pipe vents must be sealed and covered with a vent boot.
6. How Will the Ridge Vents be Capped?
Ridge vents are another area on your roof that must be handled in a specific way.
To ensure good ventilation yet prevent water from getting in, your roofer installation company should use specific ridge cap shingles rather than trimming a three-tab shingle to fit.
Actual ridge cap shingles are formed to protect the ridge and will not crack or leak.
7. How Are Drip Edges Handled?
Drip edges are an area where some companies may try to cut corners to save money; however, they play an important part in keeping your shingles dry and in good shape.
It’s important that your roofer installation service install drip edges around the edge of the installation and that the shingles overhang the drip edge by the recommended ¼,&rdquo no more and no less, so the drip edges function properly.
Confirm Installation Plans Before Signing Agreement
The biggest problem many homeowners have with some roofers is signing work contracts without confirming what work will be done and how.
In addition to carefully reviewing the work estimate provided by a roofer installation service, ask these important questions about their procedures and techniques to ensure all work is done properly!