August 3, 2018

What Defines Quality Roof Replacement?

Many homeowners know that they need quality work when the time comes to replace their roofs. However, many people don't know what quality roofing work is. Below are some of the things you should expect from a high-quality contractor regarding roof replacement.

Checking and Repairing Existing Flaws

When a homeowner talks of roof replacement, they usually mean the outermost roofing material (such as asphalt shingles). Unfortunately, an aging or damaged roof might have other hidden damages or defects. For example, the sheathing might be inadequate or the support structures might be weak. A good installer will inspect and advocate for repairs of existing defects.

Clearing the Old Roof

The workers will generate some debris while tearing down the old roof. Installing the new roof without removing the debris might:

  • Prevent proper attachment of the new roof
  • Puncture the roofing materials, such as underlayment
  • Prevent the new shingles from lying flash on the roof (this can lead to moisture problems later)

Thus, you will know that you have a professional roofing contractor if they take their time to clear the debris thoroughly before installation.

Placing Shingles Properly

Proper shingle placement ensures their durability and weather resistance. Some things that quality roofers do include:

  • Using starter strips of the right width, according to manufacturer specifications
  • Ensuring adequate offset between successive shingle courses
  • Starting at the bottom of the roof and working their way up

You can always ask your contractor for clarification on their shingle placement strategies.

Properly Nailing Shingles

Apart from ensuring proper shingle placement, quality roofers also know how to nail the shingles for durability. For example, they:

  • Use the right roofing nails in terms of gauge and length
  • Drive the nails into each shingle at the right depth - not less, not more
  • Use the right number of nails for each shingle
  • Position the nails correctly - typically just below the sealant strip

Proper nailing ensures the shingles don't fly off the roof during bad weather, crack easily, or allow moisture penetration.

Conducting Quality Inspections

The contractor in charge of the worksite should conduct regular quality checks as the work progresses. Roofing companies have different work setups. The house's size and nature of the work also determine the setups. However, many roofing companies have a person in charge check the work quality at least once a day.

Ensuring Environmental Adaptation

Quality roofing installation does not just follow a template. A professional and experienced contractor customizes their work to match the local environment. For example, areas that experience frequent storms should have stormresistant roofs.

Adhering to Roofing Codes

Building codes, specifically roofing codes, also affect roof installation. The codes ensure roof safety. Violating a roofing code can lead to penalties and additional costs to fix the code. Thus, quality roof installation must adhere to both local and national codes.

Properly Cleaning Up After Work

Lastly, a good roofing installer will leave their worksite as clean as possible after completing their work. A typical roofing project produces debris such as:

  • Waste materials
  • Excess materials
  • Damaged materials
  • Old materials

Such debris is not only bad for the environment, but it is also dangerous. For example, you won't face the risks of getting pricked or scratched by shards of materials or nails in the yard if you have a good contractor.


B & H Roofing LLC has extensive skills and experience with all manner of roofing services. We can replace your roof, be it tile, metal, shingle, or wood. We work with both flat and pitched roofs. Contact us for a quote on any roofing services you need. We promise not to stop your work until it satisfies you.

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