Replacing the roof is a big job, but sometimes it needs to be done. It might be because the house is just old and it’s time. Or perhaps it has been subjected to the relentless storm season we have seen recently and the storm damage was too great to ignore. Whatever the reason, if the roof is damaged there is no question that it should be replaced. But it NEEDS to be done correctly! Too often, people try to do it themselves or they hire an inexperienced company and they end up with lots of problems in the long run. Here’s what you need to watch out for when it comes to your roof:
Starter Shingles Not Installed
If starter shingles are not used, there will be problems down the line. These shingles should be laid down along the eaves to keep water out.
There are so many problems that can happen when nails are not used correctly. If someone is going too fast or not being careful about their work, it can result in too few nails being used or shingles that are not nailed in the exact right location. This can cause the shingles to slip or shift around after a while, which can lead to roof leaks.
Not Aligning Roof Shingles Properly
Shingles should be installed in a straight line and in a uniform manner. When they are not aligned properly, it not only looks bad, but it can cause the shingles to wear out faster and the roof to leak.
Not Planning for Ice Dams
Here in the Midwest, our winters can be brutal. When snow melts on the roof and refreezes, it can form ice dams at the roofline. Ice can get forced underneath the shingles which can pull them up out of place. This can be prevented by placing an underlayer down on the roof to shield it from water.
Incorrect Shingle Overhang
Besides just looking nice, there is a reason the shingles hang over the eaves of your house. If the shingles do not have the proper amount of overhang it can lead to problems – too much can cause the shingles to blow off in high winds, and too little can allow water to run into fascia boards. It’s really an exact science that only a professional is likely to get right.
From the ground, it may look like replacing the roof is an easy job – tearing off old shingles and nailing down some new ones. But that is far from reality. The roof is such an important part of the structure of a house and there are so many ways to do the job incorrectly. With a job as important as a roof replacement, you need to work with a professional like Fiji Construction.
Roofs often take a beating after heavy storms and we are experts when it comes to restoring them professionally with superior results. We take our job seriously and always focus on service and quality. We offer FREE Inspections and quality repairs by highly-trained roofing experts and we even handle the insurance claims process to save you the headache. Call us at 847-462-0990 or complete this form to request your free inspection.
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