Roof repair isn’t rocket science, but it takes a trained expert to get the job done right. There are so many unreliable roofing contractors, it’s hard to find an honest, dependable company. But we’ll help you narrow down your options by providing four of the top misconceptions we hear passed around by “roofers” who don’t have your best interests at heart.
If you hear a roofer telling you one of these falsehoods, don’t sign a contract — call us!
Myth #1: It Doesn’t Matter Who Handles Emergency Roof Repairs
If a tree falls on your roof in the middle of a snowstorm, you’re likely to panic and hire the roofer who is able to respond the fastest. But hiring a company to make repairs that isn’t the one that installed the roof could void the workmanship warranty. If something else goes wrong down the road that can be traced back to the original installation contractor’s handiwork, the company won’t cover the costs because you had another roofer work on the roof since then.
Beyond this, you should be wary of any roofing company that’s new to the area or just shows up at your home after a storm looking to help with roof damage. Storm chasers are well-known scam artists who try to take advantage of vulnerable homeowners by making shoddy repairs then skipping town. Always work with a licensed contractor!
Myth #2: Shingle Quality Is a Marketing Tactic — Just Buy the Cheapest!
If a contractor ever tries to tell you all shingles are the same, run in the other direction. There is a wide variation among shingle types, and you most certainly get what you pay for. Basic shingles won’t last as long as architectural shingles.
Myth #3: You Can Build a New Roof Over Your Old One
It’s not a good idea to build a new roof over an old roof. Not only will this new roof have a high likelihood of leaking, it threatens the structural integrity of your home. Residential buildings are rated for a certain roof weight level. Exceeding that with a second roof means it won’t pass inspection. It’s also dangerous, especially in a climate that sees plenty of snow, like Utah.
Myth #4: Everyone Needs More Attic Insulation, Always
This is common to hear from inexperienced roofers. The truth is, you might not need more attic insulation. You very likely may need less. Plenty of insulation is justified to reduce energy costs, but too much insulation blocks roof ventilation and can lead to mold growth and early roof decay, not to mention health problems for family members. Attic insulation is not always the answer!
We offer free quotes to our Utah neighbors who need roof repair — commitment-free. The Roof Doctor team loves sharing our knowledge and helping everyone have a safer, long-lasting roof for their home or business.