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Avoid These Common Residential Roofing Mistakes

It’s easy to take the roof over our heads for granted—that is, until the roof over our heads needs to be replaced. It’s a big job and can be a good investment, but it can turn into a stress-inducing disaster if the job isn’t done well. You may be able to do the work yourself, but most people will need to seek help from residential roofing experts.

Finding someone who has decades of experience and pride in craftsmanship will help you avoid many of the potential problems that can occur while replacing a roof yourself or with a company that hasn’t had enough experience or training.

Starter Shingles Installed Incorrectly

Starter shingles go under the first row of shingles, and many people doing the job themselves might install these incorrectly or sometimes not at all. The starter shingles act as a barrier since the first row doesn’t have a shingle below it. The starter shingles are vital and protect from water that could invade the sheathing under the bottom shingles, and they’ll provide a straight line to cut shingles on.

Improper Material for the Slope

With a big variance in roof slopes and sometimes having multiple different slopes on one home, choosing a material that will protect the house properly is important. Differently angled slopes have different levels of water run-off. Choosing a material that doesn’t match the slope can leave that part of your roof a weak point and in danger of water damage.

Improper Use of Nails

Repairing a roof takes finesse. If too much pressure is applied, nails will be driven too far in and puncture the shingle mat. This could lead to weaker shingles that are susceptible to being torn off by the wind. If shingles aren’t nailed properly or have too few nails, shingles can slide out of position. There are many different ways to create problems when securing shingles with nails, and poor workmanship could potentially void your roofing warranty.

Insufficient or Improperly Installed Valley Metal

The roof valley is the part of the roof that is most likely to have a leak. This is where the water runoff flows, so the roof valley is hit the hardest with any water from rain or melting snow or ice. Therefore, a roof valley should have an ice and water shield installed, and/or a metal valley. If the metal flashing is either missing or not secured properly, the shield will have to be reinstalled and the roof re-shingled. Not securing material or using enough sealant can cause buckling and water leaks.

Sometimes the valley flashing can be installed incorrectly by amateur contractors or roofers. The flashing needs to be layered under the shingles, not on top of them. The U-shape of the metal should be facing the valley. Otherwise, water runoff might flow in a direction it shouldn’t and cause premature deterioration of the flashing or shingles.

Not Planning for Ice Dams

Not all homeowners need to plan ahead for this, but if you live in a cold climate, you know how much damage ice dams can cause. Without proper insulation, ice forms at the roofline and forces water under the shingles, creating a dam. By putting down an underlayer in the roof starting at the roofline and continuing for at least three feet, you will help add another layer of protection to avoid the damaging effects of melting ice water.

Not Allowing Ceilings or Attics to Vent

Not having adequate venting can cause major damage to your roof and roofing materials. Heat rises and hot air is full of moisture. That moisture causes condensation to build up and, over time, weaken the shingle material prematurely. When laying down shingles for your roof, it’s imperative that they are laid down to allow proper ventilation from your attic or ceilings.

Not Aligning Shingles Correctly

Laying the shingles improperly makes a poor roofing job easy to spot. If the shingles are misaligned, it just looks bad. If the butted joints aren’t on the same horizontal plane or if the cutout on three-tab shingles isn’t vertical, your roof won’t look aesthetically pleasing, and if the shingles have been improperly nailed, there’s potential for roof blow-off.

Incorrect Shingle Overhang

The shingles should overhang the eaves and the rakes by a minimum of an inch to an inch and a half. If drip edge flashing has been installed, then the edge of the shingle should hang over the roof between a half-inch and three-quarters of an inch. Too little overhang can allow water to seep into the fascia boards or into the rake boards. Too much overhang and there is potential for the shingles to blow off in high winds. An experienced roofer will ensure the correct placement of the shingles.

Incorrect Shingle Exposure

Shingle exposure is the uncovered part or exposed part of the shingle from the shingle placed above it. Not only will proper shingle exposure create a beautiful roof, but it will also provide optimal roof protection. There are many problems that can occur when laying shingles. If the shingles are layered too far apart, the exposure will be too wide, and there will be areas of the shingles that are now exposed to the elements that shouldn’t be. If the shingles are laid too close together, it can create an undesirable look and will waste materials. Moisture may also start collecting from water run-off if the shingle exposure is shortened and can also lead to them being blown off in high-speed winds.

It takes a lot of knowledge, training, and experience to complete a quality roof job that will last decades. Our residential roofing experts here at Interstate Roofing provide the highest quality roofing to homeowners. Interstate Roofing is proud to have earned the highest certification level and have more than 30 years of experience in roofing in the Portland and Vancouver areas. If you need help with roofing your home, we are happy to give you a free estimate. We look forward to working with you.

What Services Are Included in High-Quality Residential Roofing?

The roof of your home is one of the most important parts of its structure. It protects you and everything inside, shields you from the sun and elements, supports the building, and gives your home even better curb appeal. When installing your residential roofing in the Portland Metro area or Vancouver, it’s important not to skimp on any part of the job. You don’t want poor quality. Your roof is not something you should budget on. The better it’s installed, the longer it can last and the fewer problems you’ll have with it over the course of time.

At Interstate Roofing, we’re proud to have specialized in residential roofing for over 30 years. Regardless of the size of your home and your roof, we’re here to help you. We can guarantee high-quality residential roofing in Vancouver and Portland Metro. Here’s what’s included in those services.

Materials Made of Good Quality

When it comes to roofing, it’s important to use high-quality materials that will last a long time. Of course, you should also be able to choose the materials you like best. For instance, you can choose from asphalt shingles, wooden shingles or shakes, metal, plastic polymer, rolled roofing, or slate, just to give a few examples.

If you choose Interstate Roofing and opt for high-quality residential roofing, you’re guaranteeing that high-quality materials will be used from the very start. By doing this, you’ll ensure your roof has a much longer life span and a lower chance of problems. Furthermore, the materials can better stand through weather and other natural wear and tear.

It’s always important to note that good-quality materials provide an extra layer of safety to your home and your family. Your roof will be able to withstand environmental elements better, and you won’t have to worry about leaks, the roof falling in, and any other major issues.

Years of Experience

Proper experience correlates with high quality. Who wants to hire contractors who have never worked on a residential roof before? You want assurance that you’re getting the best possible work. By hiring workers who have already done similar work, you have a reassurance that they know what they are doing.

Furthermore, by hiring contractors who have experience in the area you are living in, you’re adding an extra layer of assurance. They know the rules and regulations of the area. They know the weather conditions that hit the area, which will obviously have an effect on the roof. And they know what works best in the Pacific Northwest climate.

Even More Safety

We alluded to safety features above in terms of using good materials, but if you opt for high-quality residential roofing services, you’re also entitled to even more safety while the work is being done on your roof. At Interstate Roofing, we provide a full-time safety director who makes sure that the highest customer and employee safety is happening at all times.

Furthermore, there’s daily supervision by a superintendent on all job sites. If anything does happen, we’re there to handle the situation immediately and make sure it doesn’t escalate. We’re also insured, so you won’t be held liable if any injuries occur while your property is under construction.

Long Warranties and Great Customer Service

If you choose high-quality residential roofing, the roofing services won’t simply stop once the roof is completed on your home. We know that roofs don’t last forever and that things can go wrong, no matter how perfect the installation is. Because of this, we offer you the option of 5-year, 10-year, and 15-year workmanship warranties. If this isn’t enough for you, extended factory warranties are also available for up to 20 years of labor coverage, and there’s also material coverage for a lifetime. Yes, a lifetime. Transferable warranties are also available.

In addition to these warranties, you can expect superior customer service. Once the job is done, we won’t just leave you to fend for yourself.

Certifications

You want to make sure that anyone you hire to work on your home is properly certified. This is something you don’t have to worry about if you opt for our high-quality residential roofing. We’re proud to have earned the highest certification level from GAF, Owens Corning, and CertainTeed—three of the largest roofing manufacturers in our area! GAF named us Master Elite Contractor, Owens Corning named us Platinum Preferred Contractor, and CertainTeed named us Master Shingle Applicator. In addition to this, we’re thrilled to be an award-winning company with hundreds of other business and manufacturer awards.

When it comes to the roof on your residential property, you want a high-quality service. This includes having high-quality contractors, materials, and work. This will not only guarantee a roof that lasts longer, but it will ensure you have fewer problems overall. It adds an extra layer of protection to you and your family, giving you the safety of not having to worry about the things that might go wrong.

And if something does go wrong? Interstate Roofing is just a call away. That’s what our warranties and superior customer service are for. We know that a roof takes a great installation, regular maintenance, and upkeep to ensure that it stays in perfect condition. That’s why we start with high quality right from the get-go. We also understand that the roof can add value to your home and give it even more curb appeal. All of these things are important and not to be taken for granted.

If you’re interested in high-quality residential roofing in Vancouver and the Portland Metro , please give us a call today. We would love to come by, see your property, and work together to make sure you have one of the best-looking and -performing roofs in the area.

4 Must-Ask Questions for Your Roofing Experts

When it comes time to repair or replace your roof—and if you own a home or building long enough, that time will eventually come—there are key questions you’ll want to ask your roofing experts before you sign on the dotted line.

You can already imagine that the top question anyone would have about this service is, “How much will it cost?” It’s a great question and one you should definitely discuss. Comparing quotes is an important part of the hiring process. Hire a company with a low-ball offer and you’re going to get what you pay for. Hire at the top range and you’ll feel like you’re getting ripped off.

But since you already know to ask about cost, let’s skip this and provide you with four other must-ask questions we know our customers don’t always remember.

1.Will You Need to Remove My Roof & What is the Cost?

Any reputable company will likely not be able to answer if your roof needs to be replaced or if it can just be repaired from a phone call alone. If you are having an issue, you should want your roofing expert to request a home visit to assess the problem before answering this question. This assessment should be free of charge and take place before you agree to any work or pay any funds.

Once your roof has been properly inspected, a keen roofing expert should be able to tell you whether or not your roof needs to be removed and replaced with a completely new roof. If this is the case, make sure this is a service the company provides and ask if it’s an added charge.

If you’ve selected one of the best roofing companies in town, the price should already be included in the cost of the new roof, and the workers should be able to take on the project from start to finish.

2. Do You Perform the Work or Hire Subcontractors?

When you select a company to perform a service, you expect that company to complete every aspect of the agreed-to project. However, when it comes to home improvement and maintenance projects, that’s not always how companies operate.

On occasion, companies will complete a sale and then pass along the project to someone else to do the actual work, each taking a cut of the profits. Sometimes it’s a legitimate and amiable business partnership. But other times the company doing the hiring knows little to nothing about the quality of service by the company completing the work. Roofing service is one of the industries where you’ll find this practice.

In order to protect yourself and ensure you’re receiving the customer service you deserve and the quality of work you think you’re agreeing to, ask the roofing experts you’re about to hire if they work with subcontractors.

If the answer is yes, ask for more details. This should be a red flag but not necessarily a deal breaker.

3. Do You Work with Specific Manufacturers? Who?

In all home improvement projects—and many other industries—there is a manufacturer (the actual creator of the product) and a distributor (retail store, roofing company, etc.). This partnership often benefits everyone.

On the business end, the creator can do what it does best, while the distributor can focus on what it does best. And, as the consumer, you can get the projects and services you want, and when and where you want them.

In the roofing industry, it’s very similar. A manufacturer, CertainTeed for example, allows specific, trained, certified contractors to sell its products. Now, CertainTeed prides itself on being one of the top shingle roofing manufacturers in the country, so they aren’t going to let just anyone sell their offerings. Instead, they handpick companies across the states that they know value quality and customer service as much as they do. In the Portland area, Interstate Roofing is one of its distributors and a top contractor in that region.

It’s actually a great thing if the roofing experts you’re speaking with work with high-quality manufacturers. The products they offer can show a lot about the quality of work you should expect.

4. Are You Licensed, Bonded, & Insured?

Certainly, you’ve heard to ask this question before, but when it comes down to it, do you actually ask all home maintenance workers if their company is licensed, bonded, and insured? If so, that’s awesome! Keep up the great work.

But, for many of us, if everything else seems to align, we often just assume that since the company seems reputable, it must have everything in order. While that’s likely the case, this assumption could be a costly mistake.

If anything should go wrong and you did not specifically confirm that the company you hired had the right paperwork needed to perform the work, you could be on the hook. Since roofing work is inherently dangerous given the heights of the projects, this isn’t unforeseeable. That means if a worker is injured on your property, you could be responsible for the medical bills.

Roofing projects are commonly expensive undertakings. The work is arduous and requires the right skills, the product needs to be high quality, and the project is time-consuming. It’s expensive for a reason. But don’t make it even more costly by forgetting to ask if a company is licensed, bonded, and insured. All three should be required by you before you agree to anything, and definitely before you sign anything.

Don’t fret that a company will be annoyed by this question. The best ones welcome it, as they are glad to show they are the right ones to choose for your quality roofing project.

Hiring a roofing expert can take some time, but the finished product and quality customer service you receive will be well worth the wait.