For most professional roofers, there is very little room for error. They understand that the implications of poor installation are serious, and this is something that many people may not realize if they don't work in the field.
Your roof does a lot to keep you safe and to keep your home stable. These common roofing installation mistakes show you how important it is to work with a professional roofer so you can avoid errors.
Shingles that Hang Over Too Far
Some people may not realize that letting their shingles hang past the edge of the roof can be a problem. One common problem is that the wind can pick up shingles and take them away. Storms can then leave your roof completely unprotected.
Ignoring the Gutters
Many people do not consider their gutters part of their home's roof, but it certainly is a major component. If your gutter is not in working order (unclogged and without holes) you can expect water to back up on your roof, leading to serious issues. It may be time to replace your gutter as well.
Shingles that Don't Match
One mistake many amateur roofers make is buying shingles from different suppliers that appear to match but actually don't. This means that when you stand back and admire your handiwork, you might realize that you've got two different variations on the same color in place. The problem may only be an aesthetic one, but it could lead to issues with a homeowner's association, for instance.
Failing to Install Underlayment
You might not see it, but your home should currently have a layer of waterproofing. An underlayment should provide waterproofing and extra protection so that the shingles are not your only line of protection. Many amateur roofers fail to place this layer before they attach shingles.
Poor Placement of Nails
Roofing nails need to be placed in specific locations to provide the right level of security. If you don't have nails in the right places, you could actually find that your homeowner's insurance company refuses to pay for the damage it may result in. The same applies if you do not use the right nails (they might be too short) or if you do not use enough nails.
Hire a Roofing Installation Professional
As you can see, it is important to hire a roofing professional to avoid mistakes. These errors are serious, and a roofer will ensure you do not have to deal with them. For more information about residential roof installation, contact a local roofing company.