If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t know much about roofing. So, when it’s time to replace your roof, you likely have no idea where to start when it comes to choosing a roofer. Unfortunately, this can lead to some homeowners hiring incompetent roofers who end up doing more damage than good.

If you’re worried that you might have hired an incompetent roofer, keep reading for some red flags to look out for.  

Once you know some of the red flags, hiring a reliable Bend roofing contractor will be a piece of cake.  

Mismatched Roofing Shingles 

A lot of people have seen firsthand the damage that can result from incompetent roofers who use mismatched roofing shingles. Not only does this create an unsightly appearance, but it can also lead to leaks and other problems. The key to avoiding this problem is to make sure that your roofer is experienced and knowledgeable.  

A good roofer will take the time to match the shingles to your home’s existing roofing, ensuring a seamless and professional look. If you’re not sure whether your roofer is up to the task, ask to see photos of their previous work. With a little research, you can avoid the mistakes that so many homeowners make when choosing a roofer. 

Incorrect Use of Nails 

Roofing nails are task-specific, with different nails used for different jobs. The decking is also secured by them. The incorrect nails can invalidate warranties and prevent insurance payouts if they are used in the wrong conditions. Concerning nail issues include those that have no barbs, are too short, have too little of a head, are driven too deeply, or are inserted between sheets of decking. All of these issues cause premature deterioration of the roof. 

Ignoring the Attic 

There are various subsystems that make up a roofing system. Your roofing system relies heavily on your attic. Without adequate ventilation, moisture and heat accumulation can cause your shingles to deteriorate prematurely. Higher energy costs will let you know there is an issue because your insulation will pay a terrible price. 

Not Preparing for Ice Dams 

To avoid ice dams, the proper amount of insulation is required. Water may be forced under the shingles at the edge of the roof during the winter months’ thaw-refreeze cycle. Ice dam risk can be decreased by adding an additional layer of underlayment 4 feet up the roof. 

Sagging Roof Gutter 

The drainage system includes your gutters. Water can overflow from gutters if they sag. Water stagnates instead of draining to the downspouts if they aren’t pitched properly, and seeps into your roof system from gutters that are placed too low. If they are sagging, they can be dragged away from the fascia—the cover that goes over the edge of the home where the roof meets it—exposing a gap through which water, insects, and vermin can enter. 

Because of this, it’s always ideal to hire a professional roofer who knows his job. As much as possible, always hire a roofer that has at least 5 years of experience in the industry.