Roofing Blog

By: Jerry Ski | March 31, 2014

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When undertaking a roof replacement project, the roofing contractor should take the time to properly install your roof . Often, this is not the case, as either lack of knowledge or trying to cut corners causes the contractor to rush through the job. The end result is almost always a negative one, with the customer ending up with an improperly installed roof. The roofer should be skilled enough to not make common mistakes . Additionally, the roofer should price the work for good workmanship and not low enough to make sure they get the job. Pricing is important to customers, but we have been told that some of our local competitors tend to "low-ball" the prices just to get the job and then spend many days fixing the jobs that they rushed into. Below we will outline some of the common areas during the roof replacement process where contractors make mistakes out of lack of knowledge or by rushing through the job to make a larger profit.

Common Mistakes Made During a Roof Replacement

  • Flashing - Flashing should be replaced during a full roof replacement as it may look serviceable but may have been punctured in areas not easily visible to the eye.
  • Underlayment - Underlayment serves as a water barrier between the asphalt shingles and the sheathing on your roof. If this is applied incorrectly then the homeowner may have to face a leaking roof that has just been replaced.
  • Shingle nailing - Roofing shingles have designated specifications as to how many nails and where they should be placed during the installation. This has to be follow closely as an inadequate number of roofing nails used will result in missing shingles during a thunderstorm or during wind gusts. Roofing nails should also be driving straight into the deck and must penetrate 3/4".
  • Starter strip - Many roofers will not install a starter strip properly. A starter strip provides an appropriate base for roofing shingle installation. Starter shingles should be applied at the rakes and continue through the eaves on your roof.

As you can see, these are just some of the mistakes an inexperienced roofer (or a roofer that is in a rush to make a few extra bucks) can make. These mistakes can lead to premature roof damage yet could have been easily avoided. It is crucial for the roofing contractor to properly install your roof and not cut corners. At Brothers Roofing, we pride ourselves on providing quality roofing services to our customers. We do not take shortcuts to make a few extra bucks or to charge our customers a few bucks less just to get the job. We provide honest roofing services while using quality supplies. Please do not be fooled by local roofers that are willing to beat any price, as more often than not the quality of labor and materials is impacted by such decision making.


Are you looking for a roofing contractor in central New Jersey? If so contact Brothers Roofing at (609)508-3416. We look forward to serving all of your roofing needs.


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