Get ready! The numbers of roofs that have leak problems are about to
become obvious with this years severe weather.
If the area you live in is like Cincinnati Ohio, it's not just roofers who
will be busy when all the leaks begin. That’s because in many locales
there are no restrictions or licensing to work as a roofer! Anyone with a
truck and a ladder can become a roofing company when the work becomes more
than the local professionals can handle. There are no rules or licenses
for roofing in the tri-state; and there is a large pool of laborers
If homeowners are disturbed about their homes being damaged now, just wait
until one of these 'roofers' get through with them! You can forget about
these guys having; insurance protection-coverage, metal flashing skills,
and the big three: proper nail placement, proper nail size and proper nail
quantity per shingle.
One box of roofing nails can do an average sized home. A box contains 7200
nails. That's 7200 reasons for a shingle manufacturer to void their
warranty, and 7200 ways your new roof can fail!
Mis-nailed shingles are the number one problem the estimators at, A New
Rooftime find when called out onto one of these 'roofer" specials.
A shingle tab measure 12" in length and in general will have a 5"
exposure. Each tab requires a minimum of 4 nails per tab: placed in a
SPECIFIC pattern and a SPECIFIC location! Using too short a nail (1 1/4"
is standard), placing the nail too high or too low on the shingle, or only
having 3 (or less) nails securing the tab is a recipe for disaster!
You know those house creaking and settling noises horror film directors
love to use in their movies to build suspense? Your house does that too,
and a lot of it is the wood decking your shingles are nailed to. When a
roof is mis-nailed; as the deck flexes, as the winds rip at the edges, as
the snow and ice freeze and thaw over the faces, those tabs pull at the
nails. Shingles that are not nailed correctly are DOOMED to fail!
A New Rooftime crews are certified by Owens Corning, on correct roofing
and nail placement. A company inspector checks out finished roof projects
in general and the nail patterns in specific.
When hiring a roofer for you home, ask to see a copy of his insurance, do
not pay any money down at all, and ask him to explain In DETAIL about how
your new shingles will be applied. If he is vague, or seems uncertain,
move onto the next company!