Follow These Guidelines To Avoid The 3 Most Common Roofing Issues

A good roof is the first line of defense that a building has against harsh weather elements. So, if your roof has issues, chances are that it might buckle under inclement weather. However, if you maintain yours as required, you will pull through winters, hot summers, and other harsh weather conditions with minimal damage. Proper maintenance also ensures your roof serves you for decades. Here are three guidelines to help you deal with some of the most common roofing problems. 

Damage That Starts With Flashing

The flashing is a crucial component of the roof because it covers the seams and valleys and prevents water from leaking into the house when it rains. That said, you might not immediately notice mistakes resulting from poor DIY flashing installation, but you will feel the effects with time. Also, while some old material may be salvageable during a roof replacement, you should have a competent contractor remove anything broken or that no longer serves its purpose. Note that flashing problems might not show up at the point of damage because water follows unusual flow patterns. However, a competent roofing contractor will follow the damage to locate the source and remedy it.

Problems From Poor DIY Shingle Installation

The two most common issues with shingles are when homeowners install them in a disorderly pattern and in cases where they place shingles on top of older ones. On the other hand, a contractor will remove old shingles and discard them before installing new ones. As such, skipping the removal of old shingles during DIY roof projects will cost more with time. This is because the roof has to bear more weight than it should, which speeds up the rate of deterioration. Also, a skilled roofer can lay down the shingles in a straight line, but a homeowner without proper experience may struggle. Further, the roof may perform poorly if the shingles aren't straight.

Substandard DIY Nailing and Fastening

Your roofing material needs to be firmly attached to the roof to withstand harsh weather elements. In this case, the first step is putting the nails in the correct places on the nailing strip. Further, you must also hammer the nails in at just the ideal depth. However, if you fail to hire a roofing contractor and don't drive the nails deep into the shingles, they can wiggle their way out later. On the other hand, if the nail is blasted all the way through the shingle, it will no longer be holding anything, and the shingle will fall off.

Note that you can avoid these mistakes by letting a competent roofer handle the roof installation project. With their expertise, you can maximize the roof's life span and efficiency.

Contact a local roofing company, such as Twin City Roofing Construction Specialists, Inc., to learn more.