5 Roofing Mistakes Homeowners Need to Avoid

April 30, 2021

Your roof is probably one of the biggest investments you make for your home. It’s an important investment that keeps you and your family safe and sound. That’s why it’s crucial to get your roof done right from the get-go. Not only that but having an improperly installed roof can also mean having to pay for another brand new roof way sooner than you’d expect. Here are some roofing mistakes IBEX Roof has had to fix!

Bad Nailing

Nails are what help keep your shingles in place. There is a “nailing zone” that ensures your shingles are securely fastened to your roof. When nails are placed in the wrong area, they can create holes in the other parts of your roof that can’t be seen. These damages will lead to leaks and, over time, can turn into an even worse problem. This is one of the more common roofing mistakes that can be avoided by hiring an experienced roofer!

Improperly Installed Ridge Caps

The ridge cap is where the two sides of your roof meet at the top of your home. Because it’s basically one large seam, it is an area of your roof that is more vulnerable to leaks. That’s why it’s super important for this seam to be properly covered. You can’t see it from the ground, but you will certainly be able to tell sooner than later if this part of your roof is improperly installed.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing always seems like a good idea, but it’s actually one of the worst things you can do to your asphalt roof! The granules that are on your asphalt roof are what help your roof stay protected from UV rays and extreme weather conditions. They help offer an extra layer of protection for your roof. There are better and more effective ways to clean your roof without jeopardizing its quality and longevity.

Poor Workmanship

Poor workmanship doesn’t just mean an ugly roof — it can also mean a leaky one. It does not matter how new your roof is. If it is not properly installed, then your home is at risk for leaks and other foundational damages. This can mean badly installed shingles, using low-quality material, or simply not having enough roofing experience and knowledge. Always make sure to look at your local roofer’s reviews and make sure they are not subcontracting out their projects to ensure a well-installed roof!

DIY Roofs

Roofs are more than just shingles. They are a complex system of layers that ultimately keep your home safe and secure. If you are not a roofer, DIY routes can leave you with not only a bad roof, but damage to your walls, attic, and electrical systems. Basically, you will end up with more problems, and more expenses.

One of the best ways to avoid an improperly installed or repaired roof is by hiring an experienced roofing contractor. Make sure to do your research and ask for references! Our crew at IBEX Roof has tons of 5-star reviews. We are also certified CertainTeed ShingleMasters, meaning we are qualified straight from the shingle manufacturers. 

If you suspect that your last roofer has made one or more of these roofing mistakes, don’t wait until you have an emergency to call us! Our friendly staff is happy to answer any of your questions, as well as walk you through the best roofing options for your home and for your budget. Give us a call today at 360-218-3104.

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