Some contractors will convince you that they know how to replace a roof, but when it comes time to complete the work, it becomes obvious that they are not well versed in the process. Keep an eye out for these 8 common mistakes amateurs roofers make! Improper installation can cost you much more than hiring a professional in the long run!
Roof shingles seem simple enough to replace, but sometimes things can get a little topsy-turvy. When nailed in improperly, the shingle and roof itself can be in danger. Exposed or over-driven nails can even cause safety concerns. If the roof’s shingles are installed incorrectly, a whole new batch of issues can pop up.
No Drip Edge Installed
Drip edges are metal barriers on the roof, and when forgotten, you’ll notice shortly after. Other than general aesthetics, a lack of installed drip edge can lead to openings for bugs and other undesirables entering your home via gaps. Forgetting the drip edge can also lead to water running down your home’s siding and leading to mold and water damage.
A bad starter section of a roof can really lead to a whole mess of problems. A good shingle foundation is necessary for a functioning roof! Ensure that your contractor is using starter shingles, or you may lose a few shingles during a particularly windy day!
Poor Roof Sloping
A lot of amateur roofers looking to do things on their own miss the mark on the slope. It’s a precise angle needed to ensure the roof does its job, so be sure your contractor gets it right, or gutters and shingles can become damaged.
Improperly Installed Gutters
Speaking of gutters, they too can cause problems if they are improperly installed. Ensure your contractor installs them with the proper support and seals the system, otherwise, your home’s siding and foundation can be exposed to serious water damage!
If shingles are overlapping, misaligned, or incorrectly placed onto the roof, it can be highly problematic for your home. Dripping water might be a nuisance, but major damage can come from the wrong arrangements of shingles.
A major problem when installing flashing is using the wrong kind. Older flashings and low-quality builds can really cause headaches during the Spring & Winter
Lacking Leak Barrier
Vulnerable areas on the roof are protected by installing a leak barrier. When the barrier is incorrectly installed, or worse, forgotten altogether as it often happens with inexperienced roofers, your whole home is at risk.
Contact Us Today
Reach out to our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding today to ensure none of these problems happen to your home. When it comes to an important investment like your roof, it is best to leave the installation process to professionals! If you’re in need of a roof replacement, reach out to our team today at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!
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