When it comes to your home, you need to leave roof repairs and installations to professionals. Roof repairs aren't something you want to attempt without really knowing what you're doing, since mistakes in the repair could actually exacerbate issues related to leaks or even the structural integrity of the roof. And when it comes to shingles, it's extremely risky to attempt repairs and installations without proper guidance or precious experience. This article outlines a few of the reasons you need to let roofing professionals handle your roof repairs.
Regarding Roof Deck Planks & Hardware
While it varies in accordance with the particular brand of roof shingles you employ at your home, there are a few guidelines that apply to virtually all roof work. First, when it is necessary to remove the roof boards beneath the shingles, it is important that the replacements, including the wood and nails, adhere to specific dimensions and characteristics (see text under Precautionary Note). Most asphalt shingles require fastening nails to penetrate at least three-quarters of an inch into the underlying board and sheathing.
But if you're using roof deck boards that are too thin or too thick, you won't be able to match the shingle manufacturer's installation recommendations, which can ultimately compromise the integrity of the hold between board and shingle. It is also recommended that you use galvanized, stainless steel, or aluminum nails for improved resistance to the elements.
Regarding The Underlayment
Another reason you want to have professionals working on your roof repairs is when it comes to issues or installations regarding the underlayment of the shingles. The underlayment is the portion of the roof that separates the actual shingles from the structure of your home, or the frame. The application of the underlayment is just as important as the shingle installation, if not more so.
Most underlayment materials require specific fastening patterns to provide the durability and protection advertised on their packaging. This can include everything from the amount of overlay between separate pieces, to the manner in which the underlayment is connected to flashing and metal drip edges. For most underlayments, at least two inches of overlap is required for adjacent pieces, but depending on the location or other factors, four inches might be best. This is something that a roofing professional will know without thinking twice, but which if done incorrectly--by you, for instance--could seriously jeopardize the roof's integrity.
Overall, the use of specific materials and adherence to installation guidelines are just two of the many reasons it is important to leave roofing installations and repairs to professionals like Homestreet Roofing Inc.Share