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4 Common Roofing Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

A roof is one of the most important components of a building or a home and mistakes cannot be made during the installation process. A roof will ensure you, your family and your home are all safe and will provide you with protection and peace of mind. You should never settle for anything less than perfection when it comes to your roof, so make sure you avoid the following mistakes:

Choosing The Wrong Materials

When it comes to materials, you need to consider the slope of your roof. If you do not take this aspect into consideration your roof will be unable to provide you with protection from rain or moisture, even if the materials are new. Asphalt shingles are not waterproof, so if you use them on a low slope, they will allow water to pool and will permeate the barrier that these shingles provide. It’s best to discuss this aspect with a professional roofing contractor so that you can select the right materials that are suitable for your roof specifically.

Using Nails Incorrectly

The use of too few nails can affect your roof and its performance and is very detrimental to its longevity. Inexperienced contractors may use too few nails to save on costs, so you need to hire a professional and reputable company for the job. No fewer than four nails should be used per shingle; otherwise, they can become loose and will not be able to divert water. Additionally, the nailing strip present on each shingle should be used when securing it to your roof because nailing it too high or too low can cause a number of problems. The proper use of nail strips will allow all of your shingles to be held securely in place, so the process must be completed correctly.

Failing To Consider The Winter Climate

Those who live in locations that see harsh winters must take extra precautions because your roof can experience the formation of ice dams, which occur whenever heat escapes a home’s attic and melts the snow that is on the roof. This melted snow will freeze and develop into ice dams, which allow runoff to enter between the shingles. An adequate underlayer must be installed in the roof to protect against this element and a professional roofer will anticipate this possibility and will install the roof accordingly.

Driving The Nails Over Or Under

Overdriven nails will damage the shingle and will provide an easy access point for water, whereas under driven nails will create gaps between the shingles, allowing water to permeate your roof. It’s natural to want the job to be completed fast but not at this expense as it will lead to several problems afterwards.

Cadillacs Roofing can help you with all of your roofing needs and we will ensure the project is completed safely and correctly. If you are in the Mississauga, Etobicoke or Toronto areas, give us a call now!

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