The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, so ensuring it’s able to do its job is one the most important parts of maintaining your home. Unfortunately, there are some common roofing mistakes homeowners make that lead to wasted money, damage, and a whole lot of headaches.

Whether you’re just moving into your first home or you’ve been a homeowner for years, make sure that you avoid these costly roofing mistakes.

Ignoring Obvious Roofing Issues As you pull into your driveway, you look up and notice some of your shingles are missing or buckling. After giving it just a passing thought, you move on and fail to address the issue.

Here’s the deal:

Fixing loose or missing shingles is often something that can be done for a few hundred dollars or so—if you act quickly. What starts as the need for a minor repair can soon turn into much more significant damage. If you notice any type of issue, don’t wait to call in a pro.

Thinking a Leak Went Away On Its Own You experience an interior leak during a rainstorm. There is no leak during the next storm, so you think whatever caused the issue is resolved.

It doesn’t work that way.

If you had a roof leak and didn’t address the cause, you still have a problem. Factors such as wind direction or intensity of rain can make the roof leak during one storm and not another—but that doesn’t mean the problem is solved.

The only way to ensure rain will not continue to enter your home is to have the source of the problem repaired. It’s also important to note that even though the water isn’t coming into your living areas, it can still be entering your home, causing mold issues in the attic and soaking your insulation.

The bottom line? If you had a roof leak that hasn’t been addressed, you still have a roof leak.

Failing to Choose Quality Roofing Materials Owning a home is expensive, so homeowners are always looking for ways to save on home repairs. One thing you should never do in an attempt to trim costs is to settle for inferior roofing materials. Subpar materials will not last as long or perform as well. Saving a few hundred dollars now can end up costing you more in the long run.

Learn more by checking out this roofing blog post about upfront vs. lifetime costs.

Choosing an Inferior Contractor Just as poor quality materials will yield an unacceptable result, so will choosing an unqualified roofing contractor. There is more to roofing than nailing some shingles onto the deck, and many homeowners have had to call in a second roofing company to repair the problems caused by shoddy workmanship.

When it’s time for a roof replacement, choose a fully qualified contractor who uses premium materials. Integrity Roofing is a Class A contractor, and we’re committed to quality in every way! We’re proud to install top-rated GAF roofing systems that are backed by an industry-leading, 50-year warranty.

Take a look at images of our past work and read some of our positive reviews to see why choosing Integrity Roofing for your roof replacement is never a mistake!

Get a free estimate for your roof replacement project by calling Integrity Roofing at 757-500-8568 or by clicking the “Get a Quote” button below.

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