Avoid These Rookie Roofing Mistakes


Improper nailing, lack of leak barrier, insufficient attic ventilation, valley problems – all these are commonly encountered roofing problems.

Replacing a roof is not an easy job, especially if you’re doing it for the first time and have no prior experience. Getting the maximum lifespan out of your new roof comes down to both materials and quality and the crew applying them.

Make sure that you make the right decision and avoid these mistakes to get the best quality roof that will last for years:

Using Incorrect Shingles

Some roofers, regardless of the shingle being used, will cut the shingle in 3 pieces and use it for hip and ridge cap. This is the right process, but only with a traditional 3 tab shingle. However, with the increased popularity of laminate and designer shingles, many people make the mistake of using the same process with these shingles as well. Appropriate and accurate shingles should be used depending on the type of roof.

Reused Roof Flashing

Flashing is the material that protects your roof from water intrusion. The main purpose of flashing is to direct the flow of water away from your home. Thus, it is an essential item for protecting your roof. However, many roofers make a huge mistake by reusing old or damaged flashing material. This saves cost, but may cause huge roofing problems.

Neglecting the Attic

Proper attic ventilation is necessary. With proper ventilation, the life of your shingles will increase, your insulation will be more affective, and you may experience substantial savings on your utility bills. Neglecting your attic ventilation and insulation may decrease the lifespan of your shingles.

Hiring Inexperienced Roofers

This is probably one of the biggest mistakes that people make. Replacing your roof is a huge investment, thus always look for reliable, professionals roofers in the industry. Roofers can conduct roof inspections to make sure that your roof problems are identified at the initial stage and are worked on immediately.

Professional roofers offer appropriate advice that not only helps you to avoid common roofing issues, but may also be able to increase the life of your roof.

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