A new roof should last you 20 years or more before replacement. If you don’t keep an eye on your roof and maintain it, then you might be shingling a roof sooner than you think. Roof problems start out small, but grow until roof replacement is your only option.
Don’t let a new roof to fall into disrepair. Vigilance and proper maintenance keep your roof in tiptop shape.
Many people don’t realize what is necessary. We’ve collected the most common mistakes people make in roof maintenance.
If you use this guide, then you’ll have a healthy roof for many years.
Shingling a Roof Correctly?
Trouble with your roof starts at the beginning if roofers aren’t putting it on correctly in the first place. It’s tempting to hire the cheapest roofers or do it yourself because you’re saving money.
The downside is shingles not laid properly, no starter shingles on the eves and not providing a proper slope leads to repairs down the line.
There’s a lot more to roofing than laying down shingles. The first step is hiring licensed and insured roofers. These roofers passed certifications for licensing. If anything goes wrong, they’re insured.
Check review sites like Yelp or Facebook recommendations to see what other customers think. If most of the reviews are negative, then move on to the next choice.
Also, check to see if they are part of any professional organizations such as the Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and follow up with them before making a hiring decision.
Once they finish the roof, you don’t want to call them a few weeks or even a few years later because of problems.
Watch for Pooling Water
The purpose of the shingles is to move water off the roof and into the gutters. The gutters take the water to the ground.
Over time, the gutter fills with leaves, dirt, and branches. This causes water to not leave the roof effectively.
If the gutter downspouts get clogged, then water pools on the roof. Shingles aren’t meant to be underwater for long periods.
It breaks down the protections. Water seeps into the roof and plywood underneath the shingles.
If it gets bad enough, it makes its ways to the roof supports and creates a leak in your home.
This causes serious damage to your ceiling. It requires replacement of the shingles, plywood and possible rotted roof supports. The water soaking into the ceiling tiles leads to a ceiling collapse or massive leak.
Loose and Broken Shingles Offer No Protection
Your home goes through a lot over the years. Cold winter weather, thunderstorms and summer heat are hard on your roof. This causes the shingles to loosen or break.
Do you look at your roof and see shingles flapping in the wind or broken?
There is a possibility of water seeping into the plywood. If gone unchecked, it can cause serious damage and significant replacement costs.
If caught early enough, you only need to replace the broken or loose shingles.
Missing Shingles Lead to Domino Effect
Missing shingles are worse than broken or loose shingles because they cause a domino effect. Each shingle protects its neighbors through shingle overlap. When one or many shingles blow off after a bad storm, then their protection is gone.
Besides allowing water to seep into the roof, it causes other shingles to loosen and break. It’s a chain reaction culminating in roof replacement.
You can save yourself the cost by replacing the missing shingles as soon as possible. Look for nearby damage and replace those shingles as well. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Cover Shingles Instead of Replace
When you’re replacing shingles for any reason, it’s best to replace them and not cover them with new shingles. It’s cost-effective at the time to cover them, but it leaves spaces for water to get into.
Those shingles loosen and break easier because they don’t have a stable base to start with. If you’re using a roofing contractor make sure they remove the old shingles before replacing.
Don’t let a cost-cutting measure now lead to a massive expense in the future.
Replace Flashing, Don’t Reuse
When you install flashing on porch roof or around chimneys, it helps keep water out of places shingles can’t go. Flashing is metal and when you take it off to replace nearby shingles it gets damaged.
Don’t let roofers put the old flashing back. Flashing isn’t expensive, but it’s a common corner to cut. Reused flashing doesn’t provide the protection as new flashing.
Ignoring Leaks and Water Damage
It’s easy to ignore a little drip when it rains or some water damage in the ceiling. It doesn’t rain that much. When it does, you can put a bucket under it. Right? Wrong.
What you’re seeing is only one small part of the problem.
The water starts on the roof where it seeps into the plywood and rots it. It can travel to the wood supports and to any area of your home. Seeping water in the roof on the other side of the house could cause the leak in the dining room.
That small leak over time rots your roof and roof supports. It promotes mold growth. Don’t let that happen.
Don’t DIY Roof Repair
No one wants to spend money if they don’t have to. A few broken shingles or a tiny leak may seem like a simple fix, but it isn’t. If you place the shingles incorrectly or put the nails in the wrong place, then you make the problem worse.
Your roof is vital to the health of your home. Unless you have experience in roofing, hire a professional. Your quick DIY fix could cost you in the end.
Keep an Eye on Your Roof
Shingling a roof is an expensive job that you don’t want to do unless you must. Keeping an eye on your roof and catching problems early saves you money.
Avoid these common roof maintenance mistakes get your 20 years of hassle-free roofing.
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