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    4 Signs of a Bad Roofing Job (Homeowner’s Checklist)

    A new roofing project should leave no signs of a bad roofing job. Not only is their curb appeal getting a facelift, but a new secure, strong, and sturdy roof will protect their family and home for years to come.

    That is until they go outside and see their new roof in its entirety and notice that it really isn’t up-to-snuff. In fact, their new roof might even be worse than their old one. While bad roofing jobs aren’t extremely common, they can certainly occur from time to time. A bad roofing job will often be noticeable from the ground, but occasionally, you need to take a closer look to see whether or not your new roofing project was a success.

    Whether you’ve recently gone through a new roofing job or are planning on installing a new roof soon, here are 4 signs to look for in a bad roofing job.

    Damaged or Missing Shingles

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    With some bad roofing jobs, you may not be able to tell it was a poorly done project until later on. For example, the degree of storm damage your roof sustains may indicate whether or not the contractor did a good job.

    Sure, a decent storm can roll through and damage your shingles. Even the sturdiest, the most well-built roof is susceptible to some damage if the storm is strong enough. But, if some bad weather comes through and your roof is the only one in the neighborhood that is damaged, something might be fishy. Most likely, some of the shingles weren’t nailed in properly, or the wrong nail was used. This can be a pretty easy fix. If your roof is still under warranty, have the contractor come and take a look at the damage, and hopefully, he’ll make it right.

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    Leaks Inside the Home

    If you notice your attic or upstairs showing signs of leaks after a roofing job, that’s a tell-tale sign of water damage. Every now and then, you should always be checking out your attic and ceilings to see if there are any potential signs of leaks. Even if you’re not quite sure if you see water stains, always call over someone to inspect the area to be sure. The key with roof leaks is to catch them before they become a big problem for your home. If a new roof installation leads to a leak, it can usually be remedied without a massive roof repair. But, if the leak becomes worse over time—which it likely will—the entire integrity of your home is at risk.

    Mismatched Shingles

    If your roofer is trying to cut corners and save money on materials, they may try and mix in some off-color or different-sized shingles. First off, that’s a pretty crappy thing to do. Second, it’s pretty insulting that they thought you wouldn’t notice. If it’s really bad, you’ll be able to see from your yard that they used multiple types of shingles.

    If you notice there are specific patches of your roof that look more worn down than other areas over time, that is also a sign that they may have used multiple types of shingles. If they, in fact, did so, and you can prove that they violated your contract by doing so, you may have grounds for legal actions.

    close up view of stains on a roof; signs of a bad roofing job

    Stains on the Roof

    Discolored shingles can also mean that there are leaks somewhere on your roof, potentially from old flashing. Check your attic if you suspect an issue. If the leak is at the point where you need to do something ASAP, you’ll notice it is seeping through the attic. If you have several isolated stains, you can usually get someone to fix them without extensive repairs. However, if the leak is large enough, it may require a full replacement.

    Always hang onto any paperwork from the contractor, including the contract. If a roofing contractor were to cause this much damage to your home, you should not have to bear the burden of paying for another new roof.

    How to Avoid a Bad Roofing Contractor

    A roof replacement is a big project, and you want to make sure the person you hire for the job won’t cause any of the aforementioned issues. So, how can you ensure you make the right choice? Follow this quick list to help guide your decision.

    Make Sure They Have the Proper License

    All roofers should be properly licensed, and they should have no issue showing you their license. If they are hesitant to do so or make up a story about how they don’t have it on them at the moment, that’s a clear sign you should avoid working with them.

    Check the Quality of Their Website

    Not every roofer will have a state-of-the-art website, but a functional, nice-looking website that clearly illustrates who they are and the work they’ve done is a good sign. See if they have any reviews on Google or testimonials on their site; that’s also a good sign.

    Get a Neighbors Input

    Ask around to see if anyone you know has heard anything about the roofing contractor you’re considering. Better yet, see if they have actually had them do work on their house before. A referral from someone you trust can help lead you to the perfect contractor for the job.

    See How Long They’ve Been in Business

    Over 10 years is the sweet spot, but a 5-year-old company will also do great work on your roof. If a company is younger than 5 years, that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t hire them, but you should be extra diligent in seeing their past work. Ask them if they can share a few homes they recently worked on that you can drive by and inspect or that they have images of. Checking past work should be done for all contractors you consider, regardless of how old they are. You can find more ways to spot a bad roofer in our previous article.

    Check Roofing Insights’ Roofing Directory

    Our roofing directory doesn’t let just anyone be on it. The criteria for being in our directory are strict. Contractors must prove that they are fully insured and licensed, have great reviews, and have no legal trouble with clients, among other characteristics.

    Take a look and see if you have any Roofing Insights-approved roofers in your area!

    Quentin Super
    Senior Copywriter at Roofing Insights, author of the internationally-selling book The Long Road North, founder of quentinsuper.com

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