When it comes to making improvements or repairs to a home, few decisions are as important as the right roofing company to hire. Choosing the right contractor can save you time, money, and hassle upfront and over time. When vetting your options, one criterion that often goes overlooked is what your roofers do when they find damage underneath shingles.
Some roofers will simply recover damaged areas with new shingles and consider the problem solved. But this can actually make the problem worse — and more costly — for you. Here’s why the difference matters.
How Simple Roof Repairs Can Turn into Costly Mistakes
Shingle damage doesn’t always require a full roof replacement. But roofers don’t always know the extent of the damage until they start working on your roof. They might think that all you need is some simple shingle replacements. But when removing the existing shingles, your roofer might notice damage to the underlying layers — water spots, rotting wood, or bruising caused by hail, for example.
This type of damage is only found after removing shingles. Placing new shingles on top of this damage will hide the problem, but it won’t do you any favors in the long run. That damage will only get worse if left unaddressed. If your roofer doesn’t see the damage — or worse, ignores it — you’ll be more likely to need additional roof work in the near future.
How Additional Roof Damage Changes the Project Scope
Good roofing companies discuss your roofing project with you prior to beginning any work. But a great roofing company will also prepare you for the fact that their recommendations might change once they begin work.
Finding additional damage on your roof will change the scope of the project. This usually entails higher costs, more materials, and more time to complete the project.
Of course, no homeowner wants to hear that a project will take longer or cost more money than initially estimated. This is one reason why some roofing companies may “stick to the script” so that you don’t incur any additional hassles.
The reality is, covering damage doesn’t make it go away; it can actually make the problem worse.
What Roofers Should Do When They Find Damage Under Shingles
While it might not be what you want to hear, a reputable roofing company will give you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. When your roofer finds surprise damage, you’ll be the next to know.
It might mean extra work, but your roofer should remove all signs of damage and replace them with new materials. If it’s a small spot, they can repair just that spot to keep your costs low. Experienced roofers will compare the extent of additional damage with the cost of repairing vs replacing your roof and give you some options. At some point, it might be more cost-effective to move forward with a full replacement, which can save you money in the long run.
Choosing a Company that Takes Your Roof Seriously
It is critical that homeowners understand the importance of choosing the right team for roofing repairs and replacements. Not only will they provide quality workmanship, but they’ll also give you reliable service long after the work is done.
It’s best to work with a company that takes this seriously and repairs any and all damage before recovering with shingles. We’ve staked our reputation on honesty and thoroughness, ensuring you get the full benefit of our experience. Contact us today for a free inspection.