Jan 27, 2021

Six Signs Your Contractor Botched Your Roofing Job

More times than we can count, we receive estimate requests from homeowners with fairly new roofs that need substantial repairs or even replacement due to work performed by a previous contractor.  Oftentimes, these scenarios occur because the homeowner signed on with the first roofing company that knocked on their door after a storm, rather than taking the time to interview multiple contractors and check online reviews.  Here are some of the biggest telltale signs a roofing project wasn’t completed correctly.

Underlayment Was Skipped: The purpose of roofing underlayment is to provide an additional layer of protection against water damage.  Without underlayment in place, the probability of ice dams jumps dramatically.  Ice dams prove problematic because they compromise the lifespan of your roof, allow water to enter your home, and frequently ruin attic insulation.

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Absence of Drip Edge Flashing: The purpose of drip edge flashing is to stop water damage and infestations by pests.  Drip edge flashing is designed to be installed at the roof’s edge and preserve the transition from your fascia to your roofline.  Without drip edge flashing, the shingles on the edge of the roof bend because they lack support.  Drip edge should never be reused because the old nail holes can cause water to leak into your home if not properly sealed.

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Leaking: Roofing manufacturers, like GAF, offer 50-year, non-prorated warranties on labor and materials.  Even if you chose a roof of a lesser caliber, there’s no legitimate reason a non-storm damaged asphalt roof less than a decade old should be leaking.  Instead, it’s evidence that the contractor likely reused roof flashing or failed to adhere to the manufacturer’s installation specifications.

Ignoring Ventilation: Ventilation is critical to the lifespan of a roof because it curtails the existence of excessive moisture that can cause a roof to fail prematurely.  Having too many or too few roof vents can also create attic airflow issues.  Not to mention if your contractor incorrectly installed ventilation or insulation, it can void your roof warranty.

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Roof Has a Varied Appearance: If you’re looking up at your roof and the shingles don’t have a uniform appearance, it’s possible the contractor ran out of shingles and used leftovers from a previously installed job.

Incorrect Nail Placement: Roof nails ensure that shingles stay in place.  Manufacturers have stringent rules about the number, type, and location of nails that must be used.  Failure to adhere to these specifications make it likely that your shingles will fall off, especially during periods of high winds.

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Twin Cities Area Roof Installation Reviews:

"Thank you for helping make this process as smooth as possible. We appreciate your customer service and we're happy with your exceptional work."

Nancy B.
Minneapolis, MN
November 14, 2022

"Exceptional job & very professional workers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Liz C.
Brooklyn Center, MN
November 4, 2022

"Our experience with Lindus was overall very good. In the excellent category I would like to commend Lucas Trickle and especially commend Brittney Mikla. Top-notch people to work with, excellent communicators and they possess the ability to get things done. BRAVO!!"

Jeff P.
Lakeland, MN
October 31, 2022

"Quality work. Great clean up. Constant updates on progress. Responsive to questions. Great experience from beginning to end."

Andy N.
Oakdale, MN
June 24, 2022

"The new roof your guys put on my house and garage has impact resistant shingles.  Thank heavens!  No damage from the hail.  Today, your guys installed windows.  They look great.  So far I am very pleased with your crews and my new house repairs!"

Rebecca L.
White Bear Lake, MN
May 23, 2022

"Everything was awesome.  The city building inspector who stopped by the other day, was happy to see the  Lindus roofing sign in my front yard. He had nothing but outstanding comments about Lindus, and has never had an issue with your work."

Pam B.
Vadnais Heights, MN
May 7, 2022
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