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How to Spot a Poorly Installed Roof

The overall condition of your roofing system isn’t only dependent on it being exposed to daily wear, but also on whether it was installed properly. If your roof is poorly installed, it can cause extensive damage to your home. As one of the leading local roofing companies, Next Level Roofers shares a guide to help you spot a poorly installed roof. 

Uneven Appearance

The ideal roof should wear evenly along each individual side. This means that every part of your roofing system was laid down carefully and correctly. Take a look at your roof and check if the alignment of the shingles is properly done. If you notice one part is bumpier than the other parts, be sure to call a contractor right away. Failure to address this can lead to more significant issues such as leaks or breakage.

Damaged Shingles

Shingles are crucial components that make up most of the entire roof structure. However, some roofing contractors who cut corners likely use low-quality materials during the installation. For instance, you might notice that your shingles are breaking or losing granules at an alarming rate. To ensure your roofers are reputable, don’t forget to look at the quality of products they use. 

Improper Nail Placement

To an outsider, nailing your roof may seem simple, but it is actually a complex process that requires precision. Proper nailing techniques and materials should always be considered, which is why you need to work with a contractor who has the experience and training to determine which type of nail goes best with a certain material. Choosing the wrong size, spacing too far, or nailing the shingles too low can lead to leaks and even dislodge shingles in the event of high winds or major storms. 

Missing Drip Edge

A drip edge is a metal sheet that helps protect the board under the edge of your roof from water damage. This metal sheet is located between the underlayment and shingles. When installed properly, it extends over the gutter. Drip edges are attached using roofing cement, and, in some cases, a row of short roofing nails is placed above the edge of the shingles. If your contractor fails to install a drip edge, this may cause mold, rot, basement flooding, or soil erosion along the foundation.

When you turn to Next Level Roofers for your roof replacement needs, you can be sure that our experts won’t commit any of the mistakes discussed above. We’ll also make sure that your investment can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it. Give us a call at (407) 237-7960, or fill out our online contact form to get a free estimate. We proudly serve homeowners in The Villages (Leesburg, Florida) and the entire Sumter County.