Installing a Roof? Avoid These Mistakes

Avoid These Roofing Mistakes

Installing a new roof on your home is one of the best investments you can make. While the cost of a roof replacement may seem high, correctly installing a new roof is essential to protect the interior, reduce energy costs, and increase the home’s resale value. Many homeowners try to save money by installing a new roof on their own or hiring a roofing company based on price alone.

Saving money is great, but not when it puts your and your family’s well-being at risk. Here are six big roof installation mistakes we see and how you can avoid them.

Installing new shingles on top of existing ones.

Installing new shingles on top of existing ones is a shortcut not worth taking. In addition to not being able to thoroughly inspect the underlay of the roof for soft spots or areas that need to be replaced, layers of shingles place unnecessary weight on the structure of your home. Over time the extra weight can damage framing.

Using the wrong nails or the wrong number of nails.

Roof installation is fine art that requires specialized knowledge to do it correctly. Make sure you purchase roofing nails, know how many nails per shingle are needed, and what angle nails need to driven into the shingle. Nailing shingles the wrong way allows for moisture to seep under the shingle and over time this causes rotting and interior leak damage.

Not installing a drip edge.

A leak barrier keeps moisture where it belongs, away from your home. Installing a roof without this principal component lets rain leak under your roof and cause the fascia to rot leaving water to leak into your home causing further damage and expense.

Reusing flashing.

Flashing protects the areas of your roof that coincide with a chimney and prevents water from entering. Reusing existing flashing is never a good idea because it won’t last as long as your new roof. If you fail to inspect it often, you may not realize the damage it’s causing until you are cleaning up an indoor flood.

Never looking in the attic.

Too many times, a roof installation happens, but nobody inspects the attic. The attic is part of your roofing system and properly ventilating it increases the lifespan of a roof.

Using cheap materials.

Buying cheap materials doesn’t always save you money on installing a roof. Focus on the quality of the roofing materials instead to assure your new roof lasts as long as it should.

Avoid all of these roof installation mistakes by hiring a reputable roofing contractor to inspect, review, and create a roofing plan that meets your needs. Many contractors have financing options available to help offset the costs.