What to Do and What Not to Do to Your Roof

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Your roof is vital to your home. It is the topper, after all, and the reason it can even be considered a shelter. There is a reason people refer to having a safe home as having a roof over their heads! Your roof is not only vital to your home; it is vital for your wallet, as a good roof will maintain your home’s value, and a poor or damaged roof will diminish its value. You would be surprised how expensive repairing a damaged or poorly made roof can be. For this reason, we at Saint Raphael Roofing have developed a quick guide for you on what to do and what not to do when it comes to prepping, installing and maintaining a roof.

Do Not Prep the Roof Incorrectly

The first thing that will need to be done to prep a roof for its replacement is to tear off any old shingles. Drip-edge will then need to be installed, and flashing will be installed near any holes or penetrations. Next, tar paper will be rolled onto the roof, covering it completely to prevent leaks after new shingles are installed. Some contractors will even install rubberized asphalt, a roofing sealant that reduces leakage or damage from snow buildup.

Follow these directions, and your roof should be installed properly. Fail to carefully follow these instructions can result in a bad installation job and problems in the immediate future.

Do Not Put Damaging Things on Your Roof

When it is the holiday season and your urge to decorate consumes you, try to avoid the roof. Walking across your roof is alone enough to damage roof tiles, but attaching heavy decorations can put unnecessary pressure on your tiles. Your tiles were made to sit on top of your home; they were not made to carry a load.

Decorations like string lights should not be attached to your roof tiles; the tiles can easily tear over time as it is and should not be clamped or penetrated with nails to hold up decorations of any kind.

Do Use the Correct Nails and Shingles

Nails should be long enough to catch the wood under the roof, ensuring your tiles are secure. However, the nails should not be so long or thick that they create large holes or penetrate your roof into your attic.

Good roof shingles will be highly resistant to wear and tear and will not flake while being installed. A good contractor should be able to identify good shingles. It is important to note that with roof shingles, it is not always true that the more expensive they are, the better they are.

Do Use the Correct Equipment

Your contractor may or may not use nail guns; hand nailing and using a nail gun are suited to a contractors preference and neither is necessarily a wholly better method.

When it comes to the correct equipment for prepping and laying shingles, a good contractor should have these tools on hand. A huge disadvantage to laying roof tiles yourself is that you will probably not have the correct, specialized equipment like roof jacks, roofing shovels or tile cutters to properly do the job. For this reason, we highly recommend against doing the work yourself.

Do Hire a Good Contractor

A good contractor will be certified and licensed to work on your roof. If someone is not able or willing to offer proof of current licensing, you do not have to trust this contractor to do the important, delicate job of replacing, laying, or repairing your roof.

Be certain that you would feel comfortable hiring a contractor before making a formal agreement. If I did not trust somebody upon meeting with them and discussing my project, I would not hire them myself!

There are many ways to pursue a good contractor. Contractors like us can help you get your roof done the right way, without dangerous mistakes or the need for frequent repair. To get an idea of some different types of roofs and what a quality finished roof should look like, check out our gallery.