As a homeowner it can be a difficult tiring process choosing the right roofing contractor for your project. In most areas there can be up to thousands of roofing contractors, but what should you look for and what questions should you ask your contractor? When it comes to asphalt roofs, the lifetime Architectural roofing system has become the go-to system for home owners. Here are are few products you should make sure the roofing contractor you chose is using with your lifetime system.
- Synthetic underlayment
- Manufactured starter strip
- Ice and water shield (leak barrier)
- Drip edge
- Ridge vent
- Hip and ridge cap
If your contractor is not using these products, and instead uses things like 3-tab shingles for your starter strip and ridge cap. You may want to think twice about using them. This is a sign that they are cutting corners to lower their material cost. As a result, this could just be the start of the corners they cut. More importantly, you want to make sure that they are replacing all existing wall and step flashing. If there proposal says they will look at the flashing and replace as needed. They’re most likely not replacing any of it. The flashing is what keeps the water rolling down, out, or away from penetrations in your roofing system. In conclusion, don’t rely on 20-30 year old flashings to keep water from penetrating your home. Also make sure the contractor you choose for your home uses the appropriate products for your lifetime roofing system.