What a Bad Roofing Job Looks Like

What a Bad Roofing Job Looks Like

There aren’t many home improvements more important than a roofing job.

Some home repairs and maintenance can be done on your own – your roof isn’t one of them. Roofing is a huge job, and if it’s not done correctly you’re in for expensive fixes and potentially dangerous outcomes. But how do you know when a roofing job is good or bad?

Today, we’re going to give you a sense of what a bad roofing job looks like. For laypeople, roofing issues can be difficult to spot, which is why this is such a huge problem. Keep reading and we’ll make sure you’ve got a good roof over your head for years to come.


One of the easiest ways to tell you’ve got some roofing issues is when your roof lines are sagging. Upon installation, your roof should always look clean and uniform in appearance.

Sagging on an older roof is alarming, but not completely unsurprising. When it’s on a new roof, it means that the framing was installed incorrectly or that there’s some rotting going on. This would only happen if the roofing contractor didn’t deal with your old roof before installing the new one.

Missing/Mismatched Shingles

Missing or mismatched singles are another common sign of a bad roofing job. As with sagging, missing or damaged shingles is something that happens over the course of years as your roof is exposed to the seasons. 

When you notice this problem immediately after a roofing job, it points to a degree of carelessness during the installation. Asphalt shingles should last between 12-15 years on your roof, so get an inspection from a qualified roofing company if they’re falling off too soon.

Roof Leaks

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against falling branches, wind, ice, and rain. If you’ve got water coming into your attic after a rain storm, there’s a problem with your roof. 

There are numerous problems that could be at play when you have a roof leak. It could be an issue with the underlayment or something simple like they didn’t nail the shingles in properly. Whatever it is, a good roofing contractor should come out and fix their mistake as soon as you tell them you’ve got a leak.

No Drip Edge

A drip edge is something that roofing contractors install to protect the structural integrity of your home. It’s a metal sheet that they put at the edge of the roof to keep water away from the fascia and the components under the shingles.

Without one, you could end up with water damage, not just beneath your roof, but on your home’s foundation as well. The likelihood of things like mold, moss growth, water stains, and flooding all go up without a drip edge.

Avoid Bad Roofing Jobs at All Costs

Now that you know what a bad roofing job looks like, it’s time to tell you how to get a good one. At Guaranteed Roofing, we’re Cincinnati’s top roofing and siding repair service. Whether you need repairs on your old roof or damage control from a bad roofing job, we’re here to help.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule a free estimate for your roofing job.

And stay tuned for part two of this series – “What a Good Roofing Job Looks Like” – coming soon!