Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against wind, rain, hail, and heat. It’s regularly exposed to weather hazards and other harsh elements that contribute to its natural deterioration. However, your roof won’t be able to weather storms for years to come if it isn’t properly installed.
But what does a properly installed roof look like? Well, a roof is properly installed when all of its components, accessories, and materials are installed using the correct roofing techniques.
Proper installation is important because if just one part of your roof is installed incorrectly, it could fail prematurely.
In our 30 years of experience, we’ve seen too many roofs fail well before their time just because they weren’t properly installed from the get-go. We want to emphasize the importance of proper installation so homeowners can get the high-quality roofs they deserve.
Let’s go over four benefits of proper roof installation to show how it can increase the value and safety of your home.
1. It's Cost-Effective
While a new roof might be costly upfront, it’s nothing compared to the cost you’ll face if your roof isn’t installed correctly. An improperly installed roof could lead to leaks, inadequate attic ventilation, and premature roof failure, all things that will cost you more money in the long run.
To ensure that your roof is properly installed, hire an experienced contractor. When you hire a seasoned roofer, you’ll find that their years of experience come with a whole lot of knowledge. Not only will they know the best practices for ensuring a successful replacement, but they’ll also know how to identify any hidden damages that could cause future roofing problems.
If your roof isn’t installed correctly, you could lose access to potential manufacturer’s warranties. Most manufacturers are particular about how their products are installed. If your contractor strays away from the manufacturer’s installation guidelines, your warranties will be voided.
However, if your roof is installed properly and meets the manufacturer’s requirements, you can benefit from the following warranties:
Manufacturer’s Warranty- With this warranty, a manufacturer will cover the cost of replacing defective materials for the first few years and then offer prorated coverage from that point on. For example, if your roofer finds shingles that have curled during installation, the manufacturer may provide replacement shingles at no extra cost.
Make sure to ask if your warranty is prorated or non-prorated. Proration refers to a roof’s decrease in value over time. With a prorated roofing warranty, the manufacturer may offer 100% coverage for defective roofing materials for the first 5 to 10 years. As your roof ages, the warranty will cover a dwindling percentage of the cost. This means the amount of coverage you get will change according to the time left in the warranty period or the value of your roof at that time.
Extended Manufacturer’s Warranty- Manufacturers only offer this warranty on new roofs installed by certified contractors who have a proven track record of installing roofs according to the manufacturer’s requirements. To qualify for an extended warranty, you must have a complete manufacturer’s roofing system installed.
Having a new roof installed is a substantial investment, and it’s easy to get caught up comparing the various grades of shingles and choosing the most attractive profile and color for your home. However, it’s important to make sure you have adequate warranty protection.
Roofing warranties can be complicated and may not provide as much protection as you might think. That’s why it’s so important to understand your coverage options so you can make an informed decision about your roofing material and who installs it. You can read this article to learn more about the different types of warranties and how they can benefit you.
3. It Ensures Adequate Ventilation
In its simplest form, ventilation is the movement of air in and out of the attic space. Without this movement of air, a whole host of problems can begin to form in your attic.
A roofing contractor may recommend switching out your attic vents for ridge vents to allow warm, humid air to escape from your attic and help prevent leaks caused by large fluctuations in temperature.
Identifying and fixing any deficiencies with attic ventilation is the first step in ensuring your roof will perform as intended and provide you and your family the peace of mind of a high-quality, leak-free roof over your head for years to come.
4. It Improves Curb Appeal
A well-done roof can transform the look of your home, add curb appeal, and increase your home's property value. Likewise, an improperly installed roof will have the opposite effect.
Picture this: you pass by a house with missing and curled shingles, some of them bloated and covered with moss. Entirely unappealing to the eye, nobody wants their home to look like that! ! However, that's one of the risks that come with improper installation.
How Can You Get Your Roof Properly Installed?
The benefits of proper roof installation can’t be emphasized enough. It’s the difference between a roof that lasts a lifetime and a roof that could be gone in a year.
If you want to make sure your roof is properly installed, here’s our advice: hire local! Local roofers are well-known for their personalized and friendly approach. Their business is based mostly on referrals and repeat customers who trust them with their roofs, so they’ll likely be able to provide you with a list of local references.
By hiring local, you’ll have better luck finding a contractor that knows the best practices for roof repairs and replacements in your area. Read this article to learn more about the benefits of hiring a local roofing company.
If you live in Raleigh and need a repair or replacement, don’t hesitate to fill out the form below for an inspection, a free estimate, or to ask about our roofing techniques. With over 900 roofs worked on each year, we know how to provide the high-quality roofing service that homeowners, like you, are looking for.