When you are having a roof restoration job done by a roofing company in Oklahoma City, it’s important to know the local building code. When you know what is required by law, then you will be able to spy a poor installation job immediately and can take action. Here is what you need to know anytime you have a new roof put on your home.
It is possible to install new shingles over a layer of existing shingles, but it’s not recommended. Dimensional shingles should be installed on a flat surface, not the bumpy one created by old shingles. The shingles will be more prone to wind damage and the roof will not last as long.
Once the tear-off is done, the next step involves walking the entire roof to ensure that it is solid and all old roofing nails are cleanly removed. The areas around vents, chimneys and walls should also be checked to ensure they are ready for the new roof.
Water and ice shield should always be applied along the lower edges of the roof. It will prevent water from entering through nail holes should there be an ice dam. Some roofers will try to skip this step in an attempt to save money. Here at Robbins Roofing, Inc., we believe that ice shield is a vital step in preventing water stains on ceiling.
An underlayment is an absolute necessity. A sure sign of a substandard installation is lack of a proper underlayment. The underlayment is required to protect the roof from chemicals in the shingles and protect the shingles as the roof expands and contracts with the weather.
Even, True Lines
With a quality installation, the shingles will create clean, straight lines along the roof. The rows will be even and straight with the shingles perfectly spaced. The valleys must have clean edges without any points or places where water could get trapped.
Tar should never be used in the installation of a new roof. Be suspicious if you see the roofing company bringing in any containers with tar.
If you notice any of these warning signs, you have every right as a homeowner to demand that the contractor cease the work. Demand that the roofer follow code with the roof installation and demand that areas of questionable quality be redone. Do not complete the payment until the work is done to your satisfaction. Nobody wants to deal with a roof that is poorly installed. The best solution is to take the necessary steps to ensure that you hire a quality roofer the first time around. To learn more about Robbins Roofing, Inc., and how you can find an experienced roofer, visit us on Facebook.