Installing Roof Shingles – Pitfalls To Avoid And Tips For Effective Roofing

As a homeowner the task of installing roof shingles is a daunting one unless you are a professional roofing contractor or have lot of do-it-yourself experience. But, considering that the maximum expense incurred in a roofing project is cost of labor most homeowners are tempted to take up this project as a challenge. Roofing is not all that difficult if you know the basics like hammering, nailing, measuring, keeping straight lines and most important keeping safety rules in mind.

Most homeowners are first time roofers. And as beginners they tend to make mistakes when installing roof shingles. In our experience it has been found that amateurs roofers commit the following ten most common mistakes. They leave out the starter strip. The starter strip is first line of shingles which do not have tabs. Second mistake they commit is not following a straight line when installing the shingles. This will create a wavy appearance and immediately shows up as a work done by amateur.

Third mistake that most people doing roofs for the first time is not allowing for a overhand of shingles at the eaves. The overhang helps the water/snow to fall to the ground rather than drip on the walls of the home. Shingles have to be nailed properly and firmly. Many roofers tend to do this wrong and this causes the shingles to come away soon after laying or damages the shingles becoming the source of leak soon after. When installing roof shingles anew it is important to replace flashing around chimneys and other vents, skylights and windows. This makes the roof secure around these openings in the roof without any danger of water seepage or leaks.

A big mistake is to use tar to seal any gaps in the roof. Tar is a big no-no. When it is hot the tar melts and oozes into the surrounding shingles damaging them. Bigger mess is when the tar melts and flows over the sidings and walls of the house. To fix this mess you will be paying a lot more than what you spend on a professional roofer. Installing roof shingles can be a tough job for first-timer but does not excuse any tardy work as this will haunt you for years to come. Another big mistake is not maintaining straight lines at the hip and ridges. A roof is the first thing that most people will notice about a home. A badly done job can reduce the value of your home by several thousand dollars.

When installing roof shingles for every shingle use 4 nails. The shingles should overlap. At every point on the roof, wherever there are joints and even where there are none, shingles have to overlap. At the eaves, near the edges, near the hips, valleys, all the vents, flashing, gutters and hips. The shingles have to be laid so no adjacent rows have the shingles lined up. This is to prevent wind-shear or the zipper effect when a whole columns of shingles are blown away in a strong wind. If you think you can do with 3 nails for every shingle then you are in big trouble. The extra nail takes only a few seconds more and will save your roof from a catastrophic failure later on.

Where the manufacturing guidelines mention that you will need ice and water shield make sure you use it. The felt on the deck protects it from potential damage. Particularly on low pitched roofs where the drainage or evacuation of water and snow is slower ice and water shield is a must. If you avoid the above mistakes when installing roof shingles you will do good job of which you can be proud. also, you will get years of trouble free service from your newly installed roof.

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