Major roofing mistakes to avoid
Much of what we know about life comes from trial and error: those times we majorly mess something up and have to go back and fix it. Mess up a recipe? Yeah, it’s a pain, but it isn’t the end of the world. It may have cost you time and even some money for the ingredients, and you may have to scramble in the end to figure out what to feed your family or guests, but in the end, you can learn and move on. However, when it comes to something as major as your home, mistakes can not only be costly, but can be devastating. When it comes to your roof, you are talking about the structure that protects your home from the elements. So you decide: are you willing to risk a mistake? It is worth the risk of the havoc that can result from nature’s unpredictable forces to save a few bucks? Or is it worth the cost to hire a professional to ensure the warmth, comfort and safety of you, your loved ones and all your belongings?
While you contemplate that question, keep in mind some of these common mistakes that are made when replacing or repairing a roof:
1 – Improper Nail Patterns: Roofing system manufacturers have tested their products and provide specific details on how to install them. One of the most simple instructions they provide is the nail or adhesive pattern that tells the installer exactly where to fasten the roofing material to the underlayment. Sadly, it is all too common that these instructions are not followed, resulting in roof failure. This is one reason that you want to be certain that your installer is certified by the manufacturer. It ensures that they have proven themselves trained and successful in installation according to the specifications of the particular roofing system.
2 – Inadequate Moisture Protection: Shingles are amazingly strong and durable these days. They are made to withstand tremendous forces. However, they are NOT designed to make your roof waterproof without the other components of a roofing system. A high quality ice and water shield not only protects the deck of your roof from rain, but is a barrier that helps protect against collecting moisture sources such as snow and ice. This is a CRUCIAL matter here in Utah!
3 – Insufficient Ventilation: Proper ventilation is all too often overlooked by many homeowners. Not only can the lack of proper ventilation lead to astronomical utility costs, but it can also wreak havoc on your roof. If rising heat is not given the space and vehicle to escape efficiently, it will literally cook your shingles from the inside out, and can also create an excess of moisture build-up, which can cause water damage to walls and give the appearance of a roof leak.
4 – Deteriorating Deck Structure: As the foundation for your roofing system, your roof deck must be structurally strong and in good condition. Some homeowners choose to cut corners to save costs when installing a new roof or when repairing by not replacing the wood that lies underneath. This is a critical error. Furthermore, failure to install the sheathing properly can lead to problems.
As you can see, there is much that goes into ensuring the integrity of your roof. The most important thing to remember is that your roof is comprised of these and other components: a properly installed roof is indeed a system of components that work together to keep your house protected. Your best bet to make sure that your roofing system is high-quality and installed properly is to hire an expert; one that is certified in installing the specific roofing system that you choose for your home. Fortress Roofing is certified for all of the nation’s major roofing systems. We would love the opportunity to provide you with a free consultation to measure your roof and to discuss the options you have for a lasting roofing system that is right for your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment!