A roofing contractor who offers shortcuts on a new roofing system may shave off a few dollars off the roofing cost. But the consequences of taking roofing shortcuts can, without exaggerating, result in disaster. In this blog, roof repair and installation contractor Halo Roofing Inc. shares the shortcuts a roofing contractor should never make.
Installing a New Roof Over the Old Roof
Some roofers may offer to install a new roof directly over the old one to save on tear-off and disposal costs, and perhaps even cut the installation time short by a few hours. But what they’re not telling you is that the savings in time and money won’t be worth the trouble down the road. Installing a new roof right over the old one will not address the reasons why you’re re-roofing in the first place. Structural issues that need to be addressed will still be there. The resulting roof would be unreliable, and may not even be eligible for insurance coverage.
Using Staples for Installation
Roofing nails are designed for roofing installation and are the fasteners used by roofers who know what they’re doing. Staples, on the other hand, are not designed for roofing use at all. They’re too short and would be barely adequate to keep the shingles on the roof deck. Moderate wind speeds would readily tear the shingles off the roof. Additionally, different asphalt shingle products require different nailing patterns. Roofing contractors who insist they know better are inviting future roofing problems.
Ignoring the Underlayment
The underlayment is the moisture barrier installed between the roof deck and the shingles and is a standard part of sloped roofing systems. Roofers who offer to cut the roofing cost by not including underlayment into the calculation is asking for trouble. A roof without an underlayment is vulnerable to moisture intrusion, particularly wind-driven rain. Once moisture gets onto the roof deck, it’s only a matter of time before the roof gives in to moisture damage.
Halo Roofing Inc. is one of the best roofing contractors in Naples that you can turn to for all your roofing needs. Give us a call at (239) 260-4901 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.