If you own a home, at some point, you will need to replace your roofing. Over time, wind, rain, and snow can cause significant damage to your roof. If your roofing was not correctly installed, you will need to replace it much sooner. You need to hire an experienced roofer that won’t cut corners and works to protect your home from damage. The following are common mistakes to look for in roofing installation.
Not Using or Incorrectly Installing Starter Shingles
Starter shingles are the foundation of your roofing. They are installed around the perimeter of your roofing and create a seal for your field shingles. It is a critical part of your roofing system. Starter shingles must be installed properly in order to prevent damage. The starter shingles prevent water leaks and affect the integrity of your new roof. If you notice your roofer isn’t using them or are using them incorrectly, you should stop work and contact another roofing contractor.
Using the Wrong Roofing Material
Each home’s roof is unique. The slope of a roof, valleys, and items installed into a roof (such as dormers or skylights) will require specific materials to prevent leaks. If a contractor uses the wrong materials for the job, it compromises your roof.Incorrect materials will cause your roofing to wear more quickly and can cause serious structural and water damage. It can also cause mold problems in your home due to water leaks.
Not Using a Leak Barrier
A leak barrier is used along the most damage prone areas of a roof. It is commonly used in the valleys, on any ridges, and along the eaves of your roof. It prevents moisture from entering around the edges of your flashing and shingles. Failure to use a leak barrier can result in significant damage to roofing over time. The barrier is installed beneath your roofing. If a shingle along the edge of the roof is damaged or lifted during a storm or high wind, the barrier will prevent water from penetrating the wood decking beneath the shingles. This prevents rot and mold caused by leaks and damage to your shingles.
Not Installing a Drip Edge
The point where your roof meets your gutters is an area where water damage commonly occurs. A high quality roofing contractor will install shingles over the edge of the roof and use a drip edge beneath the shingles to control water run-off. Without a drip edge, water will drain wherever gravity takes it. Drip edges are used to guide run-off into appropriate channels and gutters to prevent damage to the roof deck. They prevent damage and ensure the integrity of your roof.
Not Properly Securing Shingles or Flashing
Your flashing and shingles must be secured properly to prevent future damage to your roofing. During a storm, high winds and rain can easily enter beneath poorly installed roofing materials. An experienced roofing contractor will use the appropriate number of fasteners and will understand how to use them correctly. This guarantees that your roof will be properly sealed and protected from water damage. Inexperienced roofers may not use the fasteners correctly or may not secure other parts of your roofing system effectively.
Choose an Experienced Roofing Contractor
Proper installation of a roofing system is the most effective way to protect your home from future storm damage. It is critical to look for an experienced roofer and ask them questions specific to the common problems above. You will quickly determine if a roofer is experienced, simply by asking questions about those common mistakes.