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The Few and the Fearless: A Blog About Roofers

Not just anyone can be a roofer. To excel in this profession, you have to be bold and strong. You must be able to heave a heavy bundle of shingles up a ladder, drive nails into a hard surface, tell the difference between minor and severe damage, and so much more. Roofers do not always get enough credit for the work they do, but one thing is for certain: their work is essential. As you read the articles on this website, we ask that you pay close attention to the vast nature of the work that roofers do. The next time you see a roof, you'll have even more appreciation for it.

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Mistakes To Avoid When Installing A New Roof

Everyone is always excited to install a new roof over their house. A new roof gives your home a new look. However, you must ensure the new roof installation goes well, especially if you plan to take the DIY route. Sometimes, DIY roof installation doesn't always go to plan. You can make some costly mistakes that might contribute to early roof failure. If you take the DIY route, watch out for these mistakes. 

Covering Over Old Materials 

Some people will try to install their new roof over the old one to save time and money. Well, you may save time but not money. Installing a new roof over old materials will always cause early roof failure. You must remove the old roof materials if they are in bad condition. Remember that the old materials will continue to rot and disintegrate, leaving the new roof vulnerable. That's why your new roof will start sagging after some time.

Using Few Nails

DIYers will often use a few nails to secure their new roof. They'll come to realize their mistake when shingles start to come loose. Besides, strong winds can rip out your roof if you fail to secure it properly. As such, you must not skimp on your nail budget. Experts recommend using not less than four nails per shingle. While at it, ensure that you nail down shingles correctly. The nails shouldn't sit too deep or too shallow.

Using the Wrong Coating

Some folks will do a fantastic roof installation job but ruin everything by using the wrong coating. Remember that the coating should prolong your roof's lifespan. But, coating products vary a lot. As such, you must consider your location before buying the roof coating. Roofing experts can help you choose a good coating for your roof. Alternatively, you can do thorough research before purchasing any product.

Inadequate Roof Ventilation

Most DIYers lack roofing knowledge. They rely on tutorials and videos to install their roofs. Therefore, it wouldn't be surprising if they got the roof ventilation part wrong. The roof may look good and strong, but all that is useless if there is no ventilation. Remember that ventilation allows moisture and heat to escape. 

So, inadequate ventilation means the moisture and heat will get trapped under the roof and cause rotting. Besides, if the heat has nowhere to escape, you'll have to run your AC unit throughout the day. As such, your energy bills will keep rising during summer.

Other mistakes are:

  • Failing to get a permit
  • Failing to install the roof flashing correctly
  • Ignoring safety
  • Installing mismatched shingles