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Top 5 Things That Could Go Wrong During Your Roof Replacement

May , 2023 | 8 min. read

By Nicole Corson

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As homeowners, we all know the joys of home repairs and renovations. There's nothing quite like the thrill of a new roof replacement, complete with all the surprises and mishaps that come with it.

But what happens when those surprises turn into nightmares? What could go wrong during your roof replacement? 

Being in the roofing industry for 3 decades, we've seen it all. From the hilarious to the downright terrifying! We understand you have concerns. In fact, many of our clients at RoofCrafters have asked the same question, "What could go wrong?" And we want to help you by answering that question. That's why we've put together a list of the top 5 things that could go wrong during your roof replacement.

In this article, we'll cover:yellow danger triangle symbol with a pirate skull and cross bones in the center

  1. Flying debris
  2. Hidden damages
  3. Unanticipated weather
  4. Poor installation
  5. Color and style mishaps

And hopefully, by the end, you'll have a better understanding of the things that could go wrong so you'll be better prepared to avoid them.

Let's jump right into flying debris!

Flying Debris: Keeping Your Property Safe During a Roof Replacement


One of the biggest concerns during a roof replacement is the potential damage that could be caused to your property by flying debris. Whether it's a wayward nail or a falling shingle, the risk of damage to your home or belongings is real. During the tear-off process, all the old roofing has to be torn off. It's a bit messy during this phase.

Flying debris has the potential to damage siding, windows, and doors. Pool cages, ac units, and landscaping are other items that we've seen get damaged during a roof replacement.

birdseye view of a roof replacement in progress

Your contractor should take precautions to ensure your property stays safe. They'll use tarps and other protective measures to keep your home and equipment safe from flying debris. 

However, it's always a good idea to take extra steps to protect your property. For example, moving outdoor furniture and decorations out of the work area. Cover pool equipment or special plants. Keep cars out of the driveway until the project is complete. This will help cut the risk of damage.

With a little preparation and the help of a trusted roofing company. You can help ensure that your roof replacement goes smoothly and hopefully without any "flying debris" incidents.

Why Hidden Damages Could Be Costly During Your Roof Replacement


The prospect of a new roof can be exciting and it's not uncommon for homeowners to overlook hidden damages. They often arise during the roof replacement process. Adding to the bill.

rotten plywood damage at a valley transition of a roof

Older roofs can often hide damages that aren't noticeable until the roofing crew begins the tear-off process. Structural damage, water damage, and even termite infestations are all possibilities. Uncovering any of these during a roof replacement may impact the costs.

Identifying hidden damages early can help you save money in the long run. Failing to address these issues can lead to costly repairs and further damage down the line. 

One way to prevent hidden damage from becoming a financial burden is to work with an experienced roofing company. They'll perform a thorough inspection before beginning work. This can help understand any potential issues before the roof replacement begins. 

storm damaged roof being repaired

Of course, it's not a guarantee that hidden damages won't come up. But a company that does a comprehensive inspection will likely identify any potential issues. They should provide you with a detailed report and work with you to develop a plan to address any hidden damages and potential costs upfront.

Don't let hidden damages catch you off guard. Work with a trusted roofing company and be better prepared for any surprises that may come up.

When the Weather Doesn't Cooperate: What to Do During Unanticipated Weather 


The weather is one of the most unpredictable factors that can impact your roof replacement project. Rain, high winds, and other weather conditions can cause significant delays. Possibly halting the project altogether. This can be frustrating for homeowners who need to complete the replacement right away.

lightening storm over a body of water

Keep in mind that your roofing company must focus on safety during the installation. If the weather conditions make it unsafe to work on your roof. They'll likely postpone the project until the conditions improve. While this may be frustrating, it's critical to ensure the installation is done safely and to the highest standard.

And as much as we love to complain about the weatherman, the fact is that sometimes they get it wrong. And when it comes to your roof replacement, unanticipated weather can cause major damage. If bad weather hits during the tear-off process, it could cause leaks and interior damage. Easily turning what was supposed to be a smooth replacement process into a nightmare.

It's important to remember that no matter how accurate the weather forecast is, there's always a chance that things can change. That's why it's important to work with a roofing company that has experience. They'll be better prepared to deal with unanticipated weather.

roofers installing a tarp on a roof

One way to prepare for unexpected weather delays is to plan. Work with your roofing company to schedule the installation during a time of year when the weather is more stable. Be sure to keep an eye on the forecast leading up to the installation and to reschedule if necessary.

Another way to prepare is to ensure that your roofing company has a clear plan in place in case of unanticipated weather. This may include having tarps and other protective measures ready to cover your home if a storm hits during the installation process.

Ultimately, unanticipated weather can be frustrating. But safety and quality should still be the top priorities. 

Poor Installation: The Consequences of Cutting Corners During Your Roof Replacement


Your roof is a major component of your home's structure. It protects you and your family from the elements and provides safety between the inside of your home and the outside world. It's essential to ensure that your roof replacement is right. Poor installation can have serious consequences. Including leaks, structural damage, and a shortened lifespan for your new roof.

solo roofer tearing off a roof

Cutting corners during the installation can lead to significant problems down the road. Some roofing contractors may rush the installation process. Use subpar materials, or overlook crucial steps that ensure a long-lasting and effective roof. This can lead to premature replacement and costly repairs.

During the installation process, be sure to ask questions and communicate with your roofing contractor. A reputable company will be happy to answer any questions. They'll explain each step of the process. They'll also focus on the quality of the work, even if it means taking a bit longer or spending more on quality materials.

In the end, it's always better to invest in a high-quality installation from the start. While the cost may be higher upfront, it'll save you money and headaches in the long run. Don't cut corners during your roof replacement.

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When Your New Roof Doesn't Match Your Style: Dealing With Color and Style Mishaps 


Choosing a new roof is an exciting process. It's a chance to update your home's look and boost its curb appeal. But what happens when the color or style you choose doesn't turn out the way you expected?

One of the biggest concerns during a roof replacement is that the final product won't match your vision. The color or style of your new roof may not look the way you imagined it would. Maybe the color looks different under the sun or the style doesn't mesh well with the rest of your home's exterior. This can leave you feeling disappointed and frustrated.

beautiful split-level home with shingles and metal roofing

So, what can you do to avoid a color or style mishap during your roof replacement? One solution is to work with a roofing company that offers sample boards and a color visualizer. These larger sample boards will give you a better idea of how the shingles will look on your roof. The color visualizer can show you how they'll complement your home's exterior. Then you can take the time to consider your options and make an informed decision before the installation process begins.

A key to avoiding color or style mishaps is to work with an experienced roofing company. With the right preparation and guidance, you can ensure that your new roof matches your vision and meets your expectations.

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Next Steps: Ensuring a Smooth Roof Replacement Process


You've just learned the top 5 things that could go wrong during a roof replacement. From flying debris to unanticipated weather. Hidden damages, poor installation, and even color or style mishaps. There are many factors to consider when embarking on this major home improvement project.

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Keep in mind a new roof is an investment in your home and your family's safety. While the potential issues can be daunting. Working with a reputable and experienced roofing company can help you avoid these pitfalls. Taking the time to plan and prepare for your roof replacement can save you time and money in the long run.

At RoofCrafters, we understand the concerns and fears that homeowners face when it comes to replacing their roofs. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we have seen a few roof replacements go wrong. Use our experience to help guide you through the process from start to finish to avoid these pitfalls. Our family has been providing top-quality roof replacements and excellent client experiences for 3 decades.

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Nicole Corson

At RoofCrafters, our mission is to provide job opportunities for others to thrive and grow while making a meaningful impact within our communities.