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 “You Get What You Pay For”

 

Sometimes a family might be short on money, so they decide to get a relative to install their roof. You might want to reconsider that decision and the potential consequences. As a homeowner, you might want to write the pros and cons of having a family member install a roof on your house. Unless they have a roofing company or they have extensive experience with roofing installation, you will quickly realize that the cons outweigh the pros.

 

Here’s a perfect example: I visited a house three weeks ago where the homeowner’s relative and some friends did the roofing job. If you read my previous blog posts, one thing might quickly pop into your mind. They didnt have any insurance. They weren’t experts in roofing—they had only installed the roof on a couple of houses.

 

Houses have a ridge vent that can be bent out of the top of the attic to air out the roof. There is a slot on both sides that need to be cut out for ventilation. They put the ridge vent on without ever cutting out the vent. Six years later, the entire attic is covered in mold. This is a major issue that resulted from trying to save a buck. That’s why you need to make sure the people you hire to do your roof know what they are doing.

 

When you have to bring in a mold abatement company, trying to save money can end up becoming very expensive. The mold grew in that house’s attic because moisture and heat could not escape. The house couldn’t breathe properly. It would be like trying to run a marathon with your nose plugged. You might be able to finish the marathon, but you will definitely experience unnecessary difficulty. You might end up breaking down before finishing the run. Your house is no different. If it isn’t properly ventilated, it can experience organic growth in the form of black mold.

 

If a houses shingles fail prematurely and a claim is filed, the first thing that will be inspected is the ventilation. Unfortunately, most people don’t go up into their attic often enough to check for any organic growth or other potential issues. The average homeowner might go into the attic very rarely, mainly when they’re putting something away.

 

At Bakeris Roofing, we take a look in your attic when we inspect the roof. We do this because we want to make sure that there are no issues such as improper ventilation or insufficient insulation.

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