Hopefully, you’ve never looked up at your roof after a new installation and thought, “Man, that doesn’t look right.” Sadly, bad roof installations happen from time to time. There are roofing contractors who cut corners, insist they’re more qualified than they really are, and just aren’t in it for the right reasons. By identifying a poor roofing job, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and headaches.
Nearly anyone can recognize a bad roof installation. But just in case, here are a few telltale signs:
Non-uniform appearance — This can include everything from mismatched shingles to dips and curves, bumps and ripples, differing colors and textures, and jagged rooflines.
Missing or damaged shingles — It’s one thing when you’ve had a roof for 15 or so years and shingles go missing after a storm. It’s something entirely different when it’s a new roof. Shingles on a new roof replacement should be strong and secure. If they’re not, it’s a sign of a poor roofing job.
Rainbow roof — This is when the shingles on one side of the roof are not aligned with the shingles on the other side. One side of the roof could also be a slightly different color or texture.
Poorly installed gutters — If your newly installed gutters are hanging and aren’t performing as they should immediately after a roof installation, then it’s a sign of shoddy work.
Stains and discoloration — Go into your attic. Stains, discoloration, or water drops are all signs of possible leaks in your roof. This is an obvious sign that your new roof wasn’t installed correctly.
Improper nailing techniques — A quality roof installation won’t have any damaged shingles or exposed nails. Nails should be flush with the roofing material and securely hold everything together. If nails are sticking up or are not the correct grade, size, and type, you have yourself a bad roof installation.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but it’s enough to give any homeowner a good idea of what to look for when wanting to know what a bad roof installation looks like.
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There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine roof inspections is one, and having your roof replacement done right the first time is another. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you! We can find faults in your roof that, while they seem small now, can be fixed before they cause costly damage to everything you own.