Three Common Roofing Repair Blunders Made By The Average Homeowner

18 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

There are many tasks as a homeowner that will barely require a bit of knowledge and maybe a hammer and nail to tackle. However, there are some maintenance tasks that are assumed simple, but are much more complicated than initially thought. One such task is roofing repair and it is not uncommon for homeowners to make some pretty big mistakes. Here are three of the most common:

Improperly Nailing Loose Asphalt Shingles

It may seem simple enough to grab a ladder, head up on the roof, and tackle that loose shingle that is driving you crazy when the wind blows. However, loose shingles that are nailed down the wrong way can compromise the overall functionality of the roof. The fiberglass mat that protects the shingle from moisture can tear if nails are driven at the wrong angle.

Furthermore, overly driving a nail into an asphalt shingle could compromise the integrity by leaving cracks in the surface that allow moisture inside. 

Inadvertently Covering Attic Ventilation

Homes that do not have an air outlet in the attic can see the overall air quality compromised inside of the home. When a homeowner initially climbs up on the roof to investigate a leak, they can easily mistake the attic vent as the culprit. A small amount of moisture around the vent is normal and cannot be avoided.

Covering this vent with material, silicone caulking, or anything that will compromise airflow is a huge mistake. If you have a substantial amount of water making its way in through an attic ventilation vent, this is a good indication that the vent needs replacement.

Covering Missing Flashing with Shingles

The metal flashing that is found at perimeters of the roof, such as around the chimney, are in place to wick moisture away from areas where the roof would be susceptible to water. This flashing, when loose, can easily get caught up in the wind and get pulled off. It is not uncommon for the average homeowner to devalue the importance of metal flashing and try to cover exposed area with shingles.

Shingles will not suffice as protection in these vulnerable areas and flashing should always be replaced with only flashing, even if it means contacting a professional.

The roof that you have on your home is your first line of defense against the elements that are thrown at your home from above. Therefore, making sure that roof repairs are properly tended to is crucial to the structure of the place where you live. To learn more, contact a company like Golden Spike Roofing Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.