Your roof is essential to your home’s defense against the elements, curb appeal and structural stability. After years of protecting your humble abode from harsh weather conditions, it will start deteriorating and eventually need replacement. Residential roof installation and replacement are tasks best performed by experienced professionals. Mistakes during the job can lead to costly water damage and even shorter roof lifespan.
Here are signs you have a poorly installed roof.
Improper Placement of Shingles
Manufacturers have specific instructions on how to place shingles on the roof. Failing to meet these specifications can cause water to get beneath the shingles. When not corrected, this installation error will increase the risk of leaks and the likelihood of water damage.
Incorrect Flashing Application
Flashing is the material surrounding protrusions on your roof, such as vents, chimneys and valleys. When installed properly, it will help you save on residential roof repair costs. It diverts water from leak-prone areas, preventing extensive damage and early roof failure. If it’s not attached correctly, it will allow water to seep through roofing protrusions, and it wouldn’t take long before you notice signs of water damage in your home.
Using Insufficient Nails
Nails are what secure shingles to the roof. Using too few of these nails increases the likelihood of the shingles getting lifted or blown off during high winds. The nails must also be in the right spots to keep the shingles flat and in shape.
Poorly Installed Gutters
Gutters divert water away from your home. Your contractor must install them correctly or else water will overflow to your siding and back up to the roof. This issue must be addressed immediately to avoid leaks, basement flooding, foundation problems and landscaping erosion.
Avoid these installation errors by choosing a dependable roofing contractor for your project. At Hershey Exteriors, Inc, we specialize in shingle, low-slope and metal roof installation. Call us at (302) 569-9039, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.