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5 Things That Can Go Wrong During a Roof Replacement

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On a project as extensive (and expensive) as a roof replacement, the last thing you want to hear is that something went wrong. 

For most homeowners, the replacement process will go by without a single misstep. Others, however, might face a road bump along the way. Regardless, it’s always good to know what issues might pop up during a replacement so you know how to prepare.

With over 30 years of experience, we have personally seen what can go wrong (and what can go right) during a roof replacement. This is why we want to be honest with homeowners and let them know that a roof replacement isn’t always smooth sailing. 

By the end of this article, you will know five different scenarios that could cause your roof replacement to go awry. Let’s get started.


1. Your Roof Gets Hit With Inclement Weather

Rain is one of the biggest threats to any roofing project. During a replacement, the old roof is torn off so new materials can be installed. There is a short period of time between the tear-off process and the installment of the underlayment where your roof’s decking is left exposed to the elements.

Roof damaged, missing shingles

Though roofing felt is a protective layer, it can get wet. Even when wet, the roofing felt will sustain its integrity for about one to two weeks. However, sunlight mixed with excess moisture can cause it to break down.

Inclement weather can definitely add time to your project. To learn more about the replacement timeline, read this article on how long it could take to replace your roof.


2. Your Roofer Finds Unexpected Damage

After budgeting for a replacement, the last thing you want to hear is that your contractor found some unexpected damages after the roof tear-off. If this happens, you can expect those repairs to be added to the final cost of your bill. 

Before starting your replacement, it is vital to have a contractor do a thorough inspection of your roof. This will give them a chance to look for hidden damages, figure out what needs to be repaired, and prepare the materials and labor you’ll need for a smooth, surprise-free replacement.


3. Your Vehicle Gets Blocked In

One of the first things you should do to prepare for your roof replacement is move your car out of your driveway or garage, or else you run the risk of getting blocked in by dumpsters during the replacement process.A dumpster in front of a house getting roof repairs

Most companies can’t move the dumpster once it’s been placed. So if you don’t move your vehicle, it will most likely be blocked in until your replacement is completed. 

By simply moving your car to the road or your neighbor’s driveway, you can avoid this whole ordeal. Read this article to learn more ways you can prepare your home for a stress-free roof replacement.


4. You Hire an Inexperienced Roofer

Just because a roofer gives you an affordable estimate for your replacement doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. That being said, a pricey estimate is not a guarantee of quality, either. 

Remember, your roof is a major part of your home. For something so important, it is crucial to resist choosing a roofer based on cost alone. 

Here are some things that could go wrong if you hire an inexperienced roofer:

  • Oil Spots on the driveway
  • Tripped breakers
  • Someone gets hurt
  • Someone steps through the roof
  • The window or deck screen gets torn
  • Black marks on siding during tear-off
  • Dented or scratched gutters

If you hire an inexperienced roofer, you might end up with an uncertified roofing system. If your system is uncertified, you’ll only get a limited lifetime warranty for your roof’s materials. However, if your system is certified, the manufacturer and contractor will be liable for any material or labor issues that pop up during installation.

The best way to get a high-quality replacement is to work with an experienced roofing company. Read this article to learn more about the benefits of hiring a seasoned contractor.


5. Your Warranty is Voided

A warranty isn’t worth the paper it is written on if your roofer does not follow the shingle manufacturers’ installation requirements. If your contractor uses methods that aren’t approved by the manufacturer, you run the risk of a voided warranty.

Here are some scenarios that could void your warranty:

  • Starters shingles aren’t installed
  • The wrong nails are used
  • An ice and water shield isn’t used
  • Flashing is improperly applied or just plain missing 

What Can You do to Prepare?

Now that you know five different scenarios that can prevent your roof replacement from going off without a hitch, you’re probably wondering if there’s any way you can prepare your home to avoid these situations.

Good news: there is! Besides the things we already mentioned like moving your car, getting an inspection, and hiring a seasoned contractor, there are several preventative actions you can take to protect your home. 

Even better news: we already created a list of these actions for you! To learn more about preparing your home for a roof replacement, read this article.

If you live in the Raleigh area and want to make sure that your roof replacement goes off without a hitch, contact us today. While we can’t control the weather, we offer free roof inspections and experienced professionals who are ready to help you get your replacement done.

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