RoofingIt may seem appealing to do your own roofing, but a poorly done roof can cause serious damage to your home. A badly installed roof can cause serious damage to your home. Roof problems can cause leaks, mold, mildew, and higher electric bills. These are seven common roofing mistakes that you should avoid before you start a roofing project.

Roofing Mistakes To Avoid

1. Looking for Shingles?

You may believe you are getting a great deal by buying second-hand shingles or reusing them, but you are actually setting yourself up for major problems with your roofing project.

Asphalt roofing is made in small batches. If you don’t use a consistent dealer, you will end up with a mismatched roof. If you don’t install a cohesive roofing system, you may lose manufacturer warranties.

Remember that shingles can dry out and become fragile over time. A pack of shingles that has been sitting in your garage for 10 years may not be the best option.

2. Use old Shingles to layer new Shingles

Do not install asphalt roofing on top of existing asphalt roofing. There are roofing systems that can be used over an existing roof. However, it is not the default.

In some areas, it is illegal to replace an asphalt roof without removing the old one. You could be hiding a problem by laying new shingles on top of old ones.

A roofing inspector is a good idea to inspect your roof for any weak spots or areas that are not yet fixed.

Layering shingles can also cause problems. They can add weight to your home, which can compromise your roof structure as well as your walls.

3. DIY without proper knowledge

No one wants to cause new roofing problems by installing improper or uninformed roofs. Roofers must complete training, apprenticeships, certifications and other requirements before they are allowed to touch your roof. Roof installation can be a difficult and complicated job that can have a negative impact on the structural integrity of your home.

Every roofing manufacturer has their own rules about how roofs should be mounted. The correct flashing techniques and the proper number of nails per shingle are all important details for roofing professionals.

You can’t install a roof by yourself. If you don’t follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, your warranty could be voided.

It’s smart to ask a local roofing contractor for a quote before you make a decision about whether you want to tackle a roofing project yourself.

4. Neglecting your Attic

When you are installing a new roof, make sure to inspect your attic. A good attic ventilation will help prolong the life of your roof. Poor ventilation can cause shingles to fail prematurely. A ventilation expert can come to your home to conduct a test and let you know how well your attic is performing.

5. Assuming You Don’t Need Permits

All roofing jobs require permits in most cities. People don’t consider permits when they do DIY jobs. They are used to contractors taking care. If you don’t have the permit, you could face fines and removal of your roof or loss of insurance.

6. Contractor Insurance:

Doing your research to find a reliable roofing company will pay off. The crew will arrive with the documentation of an insurance policy. This gives you some peace of mind. If you don’t have proper contractor insurance, you may be responsible for any property damage that is caused by your project.

7. Recycled flashing

Flashing is only a tiny part of a complete roofing project. It is nevertheless vital. Bad flashing is the leading cause of water damage to homes.

Flashing should not be considered as a final application just because it looks new. Contractors should install flashing as often as possible to ensure it lasts as long as the roofing materials.

Flashing is a type of metal that protects your roof from water intrusion. It acts as a barrier between your roof and water damage from leaks, which can lead to mold and rot. Flashing stops water from flowing towards your roof and underneath your roof.

Call Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration now if you’re looking to replace, repair, or maintain your roof.

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Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

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