A residential roofing system is a part of your home that needs to be installed properly if you want it to last for as long as possible. Otherwise, it will not only wind up looking unattractive, but will also deteriorate earlier than expected, failing to last long against extreme weather conditions. With that in mind, it’s vital that there are no mistakes when it comes to installing your shingles.
Improper nailing has to be avoided because nails won’t stay in place and can deteriorate early or cause leaks for your home. To avoid this, local building codes and manufacturer’s instructions provide contractors with the directions they need for a proper installation. These instructions state that the nails must be attached correctly to the common bond area of the shingles so you can obtain proper wind performance from the material.
Not Using Starter Shingles
Starter shingles are installed on your roofing system for water and wind protection at the eave and rake. Typically, your roof repair and installation pro will add a starter shingle to seal with the field shingle at the first course along the eave and rake. That way, wind and water won’t be able to get beneath the shingle. Additionally, starter shingles also facilitate water runoff.
If your roofer makes the mistake of not installing starter shingles and put in the first course of shingles on the eave and rake, this can lead to water channels easily forming and coming in direct contact with the roof deck, causing damage that can compromise the entire structure.
Aligning Shingles Poorly
Whether they’re installed vertically or horizontally, roofing shingles are designed to be precisely aligned, with the shingle edges of one course offset from the shingles below. Otherwise, water can seep into the roof deck. Apart from that, poorly aligned shingles can also affect roof exposure, which in turn can affect the aesthetics, wind performance and seal strength of the roof.
For all your roofing needs, Crown Roofing is the expert to trust. As your number one provider of roof maintenance and installation services, we can guarantee you’ll make the most of your roofing investment. Give us a call at (604) 210-6655, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate today! We serve homeowners in Surrey, Vancouver, and other nearby areas.