Replacing the roof on your home soon? It's going to cost you a pretty penny.
On average, homeowners usually spend anywhere from $150 all the way up to $700 per square foot on roof replacement, depending on which roofing material they choose.
With that in mind, you should make sure you hire the right roofing company to install your new roof. You should also look out for the signs of a bad roofing job and call a roofing company out if you suspect they did shoddy work.
The last thing you want to do is get stuck with a roof that's going to need to be replaced again soon. You'll end up losing thousands of dollars because you didn't see the signs of a bad roofing job following roof replacement.
Here are 5 interior and exterior signs to look out for.
1. Damaged or Missing Shingles
When a roof gets to be 15 or 20 years old, it's not uncommon at all for shingles to start flying off it during bad storms. It might even have a few shingles that pop off without any major help from the wind.
But you should not experience these kinds of problems with a brand new roof. The shingles on your roofing system should be secured and stay put, even during bad storms.
If you see even one shingle fall off your roof a short time after you've had it replaced, it's one of the signs of a bad roofing job. You'll want to call your roofers back up right away to get them to come out and fix the issues with your new roof.
You should also carefully inspect your roof right after it's been installed to make sure that all of the shingles on it look uniform. Some roofing companies will try to get away with installing mismatched shingles when they're running low on supplies.
You shouldn't stand for this when you're forking over thousands of dollars to a roofing company.
2. Sagging Roof
When you look up at your roof after it's been installed, focus on more than just the shingles that were placed on it. Look out for any signs of sagging in your roof as well since that could be an even bigger problem than damaged or missing shingles.
If your new roof is sagging, that means that something went terribly wrong during your roof installation. Roofers may have ignored rotting wood located underneath your old shingles or made another big mistake while putting your new roof into place.
A new roof should be extra strong and ready to stand up to almost anything for the next decade or two. If it's sagging, that's automatically going to put your roof at a disadvantage and make it wear out too soon.
Get your roofing company to return to your home to figure out why in the world your roof is sagging.
3. Missing Drip Edge
One of the last things roofers will do when they're installing a new roof is install a drip edge. A drip edge is a metal sheet that's designed to protect your roof's fascia, which is a board that runs underneath the edge of your roof.
A drip edge might not seem all that important in the grand scheme of things. But in reality, you could face some major problems if you don't have a drip edge installed properly.
A missing drip edge can lead to:
> Flooding in your basement
> Soil erosion along the perimeter of your home's foundation
> A rotting fascia
> Mold and mildew
> Staining on the exterior of your home
Your roofers need to install a drip edge for you before they're officially done with your roof. If they forget to do it, contact them as soon as you can so that they can come and finish the job the right way.
4. Light in the Attic
The first three signs of a bad roofing job listed here are all things that you'll notice by looking at the exterior of your roof. But you can spot a bad roofing job from a mile away inside your house, too.
After a roofing company tells you that they're done with your new roof, climb up into your attic space and have a look around. Do you see any light coming into the attic through your roof?
This should be a huge red flag! It means that you have a hole—maybe a very tiny hole, but a hole nonetheless—in your roof.
Your roofers may have used the wrong nails in your roof and put a hole in it. Or they may have made a careless mistake that led to a hole.
Either way, your roofers have some explaining to do. They also have more work to do on your roof before they leave your home.
5. Water Stains on Ceilings
Did a water stain appear on one of the ceilings in your home a few weeks after your roof installation? That's another big cause for concern.
The water stain may stem from a plumbing problem if you happen to have a bathroom over top of the stained ceiling. But if the ceiling is located right below your attic, it could indicate the presence of moisture in the space. And more than likely, that moisture is the result of a botched roof installation.
Stick your head up in your attic again and see if you find moisture there. If so, analyze the inside of your roof and try to find where it's coming in. You'll need your roofers to make a return visit to plug any holes in your roof and fix any other damage that was done.
Keep an Eye out for Signs of a Bad Roofing Job
A reputable roofing company will make sure your new roof is installed the right way from the start.
But unfortunately, not every roofing company is reputable. There are some that will slap a roof on your home without taking the time to do it right. This will lead to you seeing some or maybe even all of the signs of a bad roofing job found here.
Want to know how to make your roof last longer so you don't have to worry about having it replaced anytime soon? Read our blog for tips on how to clean and maintain your roof.