4 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Their Roof
Your roof is one of the most critical elements of your house's design. The roof prevents water from leaking into your home and prevents moisture damage from ruining the building's infrastructure. Homeowners need to check their roofs for issues that can undermine its integrity, which is something Herrings Roofing and Painting can help you do. It's possible for homeowners to make things worse for a roof inadvertently. Here are four common mistakes homeowners make with their roof.
Not Checking for Broken or Missing Shingles
The shingles on your roof do more than make your roof look nice. Shingles protect the structure of the room from water and debris. Your shingles take the damage from weather or windblown objects to your roof wont develop holes or leaks. Since shingles are your roofs first line of defense, homeowners need to check for cracked or broken shingles regularly. Its possible to replace minor shingle damage here and there, but if the problems are widespread (i.e., after a heavy storm), its a sign you may need a full roof replacement, rather than patch and repair work.
Adding Too Many Layers
Some homeowners try to place additional layers of roofing material, in the hope that it will provide extra protection. Overlaying one layer of roofing materials over another can work in certain situations, but homeowners should be wary of using this tactic. Adding more than two layers of roofing material risks putting too much stress on the roofs infrastructure. A single shingle may not weigh much, but most homes arent built to bear the collective weight of two layers of asphalt shingles. Roofing professionals like Herrings Roofing and Painting can inspect your roof to let you know if layering is a viable option. Ideally, the best way to fix or modify a roof is to pull up all the shingles and replace them with new ones. However, many contractors will attempt to overlay new shingles on top of old ones. Adding additional layers can create more places for your roof to collect moisture, dirt, and mold, which could decrease the lifespan of your roof by leading to more issues over time.
Not Repairing Flashing Damage
Most people think about roofing as a matter of shingles and tile, but metal flashings are also an essential element. Flashings are shields that keep water damage at bay. They protect the intersections of your roof and potential leak areas from moisture and rain. When the flashings get damaged or warped, it can lead to roof leaks. Just as homeowners need to check their shingles regularly, they also need to inspect the flashing to protect against leaks and excess moisture.
Not Checking Your Attic and Poor Attic Ventilation
Inspecting your roof requires more than looking at the exterior. While some issues with a roof can be seen from the outside, in other cases, it's easier to see any damage by checking the attic, which is directly below the roof. Light seepage is a sign of tiny holes in the roof. Similarly, signs of excessive humidity or mold growth are signals that your roof isn't properly sealed. Homeowners should also be mindful of ventilation in the attic. If the attic is too hot, the temperature of the roof increases. This heat can cause the roof and shingles to expand and contract, leading to damaging leaks. If heat and ventilation are issues for your roof, it's possible to install polyutherane foam insulation, which keeps the attic a more consistent temperature.
If you need help with a roof inspection or repair, Herrings Roofing and Painting is here to help. Send us a message online to discuss your problem and to schedule an appointment for a consultation.