The roof is the most important part of your house. It protects you and your family from all elements, it also keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. But as with any other home improvement project, mistakes are always waiting to be made! In this blog post we’ll take a look at some common mistakes people make when installing or repairing their roofs.
Hiring A Shoddy Contractor
Everyone wants to cut down the cost of any project, but saving pennies on the roofing job can have a very high price. A cheap contractor is more likely to use low quality, inferior materials that are not going to last as long as they should and will need replacement much sooner than necessary. Moreover, a proper installation of your new roof will require first-rate craftsmanship; a careless worker might end up damaging your property or part of it even during repairs!
We cannot stress this enough: never save money when you’re getting your house reroofed. A good and professional contractor will be able to deliver you what you want at reasonable rates. If certain elements seem too expensive for you, remember that in the long run you’ll have to pay even more for repairing or reroofing your house than if you’d invested in a good and reliable system the first time around.
In case of flat roofs, proper ventilation is vital! The heat from below builds up through the summer and can cause problems with your roof. This is especially true for asphalt shingles which are not well-known for their ability to keep cool, thanks to their petroleum base. Ventilating the underside of your roof will give it some much needed fresh air and allow warm air to be expelled at higher levels while cooler air is pulled in from underneath. You could either ventilate by yourself with simple opening/closing devices, or you could opt for automatic shutters that open and close when the temperature changes.
Another option is roof fans, which is perhaps less practical but still very effective at keeping your attic comfortable even in summer.
Not Waterproofing Properly
This one can be an issue for both wooden and asphalt shingle roofs. When waterproofing them, make sure to use some adhesive products that are specifically designed for this purpose! This will require less maintenance later on as well as ensure a better seal against rainwater penetration. It may also be necessary to install extra protection around the chimney stacks (for example using metal flashing), if they’re protruding through the roof; otherwise, water could get in behind there too! In case of flat roofs, waterproofing is even more important: you don’t want water accumulating on top of your roof and leaking into your attic or property.
Improper Ventilation During Repairs
As we said above, this is especially the case for asphalt shingle roofs. These are best re-roofed when it’s warm outside; otherwise, moisture can easily build up in the existing roof and cause mold problems later on! In order to let out some of that hot air, make sure to leave a 20 – 30 cm (8 -12 inches) gap between the roof and exterior walls during repair work. Otherwise, you’ll end up with condensation as soon as temperatures go down again!
They’re not just for spy movies, they’re for real! If you don’t check your roof regularly (it depends on the climate, but at least once a month is recommended) and use some sort of ladder so that you can get to high areas with ease, make sure there’s no major damage building up.