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Roofing Mistakes You Can Avoid by Hiring the Right Roofer Part 2

If you hire the wrong roofer, you very well could end up paying for their mistakes.

Your roof is important for protecting your family and your home, and you shouldn’t leave it up to just any roofer in Edmonton. Regardless of if your roof is in need of a minor repair or a complete replacement, it’s important to do your research on any contractor who could potentially work on your roof. In our last blog, we went over a few common roofing mistakes made by sloppy, uninsured or inexperienced roofers. Keep reading to learn more.

Mistake #5. Not using the right materials for the slope of your roof.

When it comes time to replace your roof and pick out new roofing materials, one of the most important things to consider is the slope of your roof. If the materials you choose are not appropriate for the slope of your roof, it could make you susceptible to leaks and water penetration in the future. Since your average homeowner is not overly savvy about the many roofing materials available to them, many end up reaching out to roofing contractors for their recommendations. Don’t trust the wrong roofer. Before you take any advice from a roofer or sign any contracts, make sure you can trust them.

Mistake #6. Reusing old flashing instead of replacing it.

The metal flashings on your roof are essential. They help to protect the most vulnerable areas of your roof from leaks, like around the skylights and chimney, and roof valleys. Some roofers will try to save money and time by reusing the existing flashings instead of replacing them like they should. Even if the flashings appear to be in decent condition now, this could open you up to trouble down the road. When you hire a roofer, make sure you have a conversation about what they plan to do with your flashings.

Mistake #7. Not installing flashings properly.

Not only do some less-than-ideal roofers reuse your old flashings instead of replacing them with new ones, other inexperienced roofers might install the new flashings incorrectly. If your roof flashings are not fastened properly, not overlapped properly or not aligned properly, it can leave you at risk for leaks every time it gets rainy or snowy outside. That’s why it’s important to choose a roofer who is not only honest, but also qualified and experienced.

Mistake #8. Not leaving shingle overhang on your roof.

It’s very important for there to be some shingle overhang off of your roof. If there isn’t any overhang, it leaves your roof susceptible to water seeping into the fascia boards. On the other hand, if there is too much overhang, it leaves your shingles susceptible to the wind picking them up and blowing them off of your roof. The right roofer will know how much shingle overhang is necessary for the health and longevity of your roof.

Mistake #9. Mismatching the slate colouring.

If you have a slate roof, then it’s important that your roofer is very careful when replacing shingles. Even if the slate they use comes from the exact same source as the existing slate on your roof, it could still be a slightly different colour. A good roofer knows that it’s important to double and triple check all slate before it is added to your roof. Otherwise, you could end up with a mismatched roof, which could hurt your home’s value.

Turn to Sargeant’s Roofing for a roofer you can trust in Edmonton.

Hiring the wrong roofer could mean having to foot the bill for their mistakes, but when you hire the experts at Sargeant’s Roofing, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Contact us today!