Shingle Replacement Gone Wrong

TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling to The Rescue

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and noticed a roof with different colored shingles? Ever wondered what happened to cause that situation and questioned why the necessary steps weren’t taken to match the shingles? At TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling, we have seen our fair share of roofing shortcuts that have ended in disaster. 


Shingle Replacement Mistakes

Over the years, we have worked on a number of shingle replacements that have gone completely wrong because the necessary steps weren’t taken to remedy the root of the problem. In fact, there was a home in North Raleigh where the customer had several missing shingles replaced. The hired contractor (not us!!) used whatever materials they had in their truck to fix the problem quickly (and ineptly). What’s wrong with that, you may be wondering? Let’s take a minute to break down the shingle replacement gone wrong. 


Issue #1: Wrong Shingles

The hired contractor installed architectural shingles on a roof with 3-tab shingles.  Architectural shingles are a thicker and broader shingle, so they don’t line up with the 3-tab and therefore do not seal properly. An improper seal causes condensation, leaks, and potential mold growth. 


Issue #2: Shabby Workmanship

The roofing contractor also installed the repair shingles on top of the damaged shingles! Let’s pause a moment to let that sink in. Instead of removing damaged shingles and installing new ones correctly, they simply placed the new shingles on top of the old ones. 🤯 


This lazy approach to roof repair caused a series of unfortunate events to occur. 


  1. Not removing the old shingles caused the new shingles to not properly seal. 
  2. To remedy this problem, the roofers simply used caulk to hold them down. 
  3. Due to the caulk and the incorrect shingles, the shingles now sat higher than the rest of the roof.  
  4. This situation caused the water not to flow off the shingles correctly and led to leaks, rotten roofing, and additional headaches. 


Issue #3:Overlooking Key Steps

Instead of installing ridge cap shingles, the roofing company lapped the shingle over the top of the ridgeline, nailed and caulked it. The contractor probably did this because they didn’t want to remove the ridge vent to properly install a new ridge cap. Unfortunately, this shortcut can cause leaking and wind damage to the shingles.  


Ridge cap shingles are specifically designed to fit the ridges of a roof and overlap shingles. The ridge of a roof is more susceptible to leaks due to the seams, and the ridge cap takes care of that issue because it protects from water, high winds, and debris. 


Final Thoughts 

While we were able to fix the roof problem outlined in the issues above, it is never fun having to redo someone else’s horrible work. Our experts at TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling would rather be there on day one to fix the problem correctly. 

Need Help?

If you feel your roof requires a professional inspection or are concerned about your roof’s integrity, then TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling is the company to call. You can trust us to inspect your entire roof and provide a detailed written report about the overall condition. We strive to maintain high standards and will make sure to assess the problem and implement roof repairs quickly and efficiently. We take pride in providing excellent services at competitive prices! We also guarantee outstanding craftsmanship with a no-obligation estimate on every job. 


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