Roof maintenance plays a crucial part in extending the lifespan of your roof, keeping your family warm and dry all year round. Any damage or signs of wear require immediate attention to prevent water from seeping through your shingles and rotting the wood sheathing underneath.
However, roof repairs must be done right to avoid further complications with your home’s structure. More often, many homeowners fall for storm chasers who lack the right expertise, experience, and equipment to do things right the first time. Common problems that could occur during roof repairs include:
1. Incorrectly Installed Starter Shingles
If starter shingles are incorrectly installed or not installed at all, water will invade the sheathing under the cutouts of bottom shingles, causing gradual water damage to your home.
2. Improper Use of Nails
Shingles can easily slip down if they aren’t nailed properly or if too few nails are used. Your roofer should use a minimum of four nails per shingle, but for steep grades, at least six nails should be used. The nails should also be driven into or over the shingle’s self-sealing strip.
3. Poor Securing of Valley Flashing
Typically, roof valleys are the most susceptible areas to leaks since they handle a large amount of water. Failure to use enough sealant or other securing materials can cause buckling and leakage.
4. Improper Installation of Valley Flashing
Some storm chasers or amateur contractors can mistakenly install valley the flashing above shingles. Professionally, the flashing should be installed underneath shingles and not atop them, and the U-shape of the metal component should face the valley. Otherwise, water will run where it’s not supposed to and speed up shingle or flashing deterioration.
5. Incorrect Shingle Overhang
The edge of your shingles should hang over the roof between 1 inch and 1.5 inches — or between half an inch and three-quarters an inch if a drip edge flashing is installed. Too much overhang could cause the shingles to blow off in high winds, and too little can allow water to seep into the rake or fascia board.
How to Prevent Mistakes with Roof Repair Jobs
Whether your roof suffered wind or hail damage, or it’s just time for regular maintenance, the best decision you can make is to hire the right roofing contractor. Falling for storm chasers could leave you in worse shape than before. At West Orange Roofing in Central Florida, we understand how valuable your roof is and we’ll ensure that we do everything right the first time, giving your roof several years of life.
With 40 years of experience in the roofing industry, we have all the equipment and experience you expect from a professional roofing contractor. Thanks to our solid relationships with suppliers, we use the highest quality roofing materials that will withstand the beating of outside weather elements at affordable costs. Contact us today for a free estimate on your next roofing repair project.