A properly maintained roof will protect the inside of your home from Mother Nature. It is your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather conditions, such as blizzards, and monsoons. It’s also one of the first aspects of a home people will see from the outside. A damaged or poorly installed roof can provide a bad first impression. To ensure a long-lasting roof you should avoid any, and all, roofing mistakes when repairing or replacing your roof including those that follow:
Mistake 1: Thinking Roof Repair is a DIY Project
Experience counts! It may be blatantly clear to you that your roof is need of repair or replacement, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be the one to repair, or replace it. Repairing your roof can be difficult, tedious, and downright dangerous especially if you have no knowledge of how roofing works. No YouTube video will provide you with the same level of experience a certified roofing contractor has. Professional roofers have the knowledge and tools needed to ensure your roof is properly repaired.
Mistake 2: Purchasing Your Own Roofing Supplies
Not all products are created equal! While it’s certainly possible to purchase your own supplies, it’s often not recommended, due to the high likelihood of purchasing incorrect quantities or products. To maximize the lifespan of your roof, you want the highest quality materials, which a qualified contractor with a competitive price can supply you with. A professional roofing contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty as well.
Mistake 3: Not Doing Your Homework
In Denver, there are a shocking number of unlicensed, uninsured, and unqualified roofing contractors out there just waiting to take your hard earned money. Don’t fall victim to these contractors – do your homework! Never hire any contractor, for any job, without first asking proof of their credentials. You can also find out if a contractor is licensed by clicking here. Don’t forget to check their license’s expiration date, to ensure the license is still active.
Mistake 4: Recycling Roof Flashing
If your roof is being replaced, it’s important to replace the flashing right along with it, rather than reuse old flashing. Flashing refers to thin pieces of sheet metal installed to prevent the intrusion of water into a structure from an angle or joint. While the old flashing may look salvageable, it may result in the occurrence of leaks, which will only get worse as time goes on. It’s best to err on the side of caution and replace the flashing along with the roof.