Reroofing gone wrong

Roof installer in Charlotte, NCReroofing can sometimes hide problems

(The following is a dramatization.)

When the Wilde family saw that the shingles were getting worn and warped on their 15-year-old roof, they had to decide whether to replace it or just reroof. Reroofing would be quicker (not a small concern, since it was raining every few days) and would save them a lot of money on labor and disposal of the old shingles. On the other hand, hiring a roof installer and replacing the roof completely would get rid of the problem for at least another fifteen years… assuming it was done right, of course.

The deciding factor was that they had heard of people being taken advantage of by roof installers, and didn’t want to risk going through that themselves. So they had a fresh layer of shingles laid down over the existing roof.

This seemed like a good idea at the time. But about the same time next year, when the roof was sagging over much of its surface, it became obvious that there was a problem.

The problem was that the roofers they’d hired hadn’t bothered to look under the shingles and check the condition of the decking. The extra layer of shingles (in addition to putting a lot more weight on the structure of the roof) had trapped a lot of moisture, creating a perfect environment for the algae, mold and mildew that was currently rotting right through the deck of their roof. It was also setting off the children’s allergies. The whole roof would have to be taken off and a new one installed. The Wildes kind of wished they’d done this last year.

How roofs are replaced

Reroofing may sometimes be a workable solution. But in addition to the risk of deterioration, a reroofing job is much more vulnerable to hail damage than a roof with a rigid deck. Ask your roof installer for advice.

If the roof is to be replaced, first the old shingles are removed with their nails, so the new roof can go on a completely flat surface. A good roof installer will do this without leaving any debris lying around. Before nailing in the new shingles, the roof installer puts a water shield over the deck to keep rain from getting in through the nail holes. The new shingles are laid down in such a way as to minimize the number of exposed nail heads. All this should take one to three days.

Charlotte’s top roof installer

Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best roof installers in Charlotte and Concord, NC. They’ve won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. They’ll plan their schedule to fit your own, and provide the materials themselves. If you need a new roof, call today for a free estimate.