Roofing Mistakes To Avoid

When it comes to roof repair or replacement we want to make sure it’s done right. Unfortunately, many times, we can accidentally make some big mistakes when it comes to having work done in our homes. Rather than a quick fix, it is important to get a thorough job done. Here are some big, yet common, mistakes that you want to avoid when it comes to your roof.

Trying to DIY

One of the worst mistakes you can make when it comes to your roof is trying to “do it yourself”. No matter how confident you feel in your ability to fix your roof, you shouldn’t do it. Trying to do it yourself is very dangerous if you don’t have the proper training or tools. Leave all of the roofing jobs up to the professionals, they know how to get the job done safely and correctly.

Forgetting the Permits

Something that is not necessarily common knowledge is that when you work on your home you need to get permits from your city or county. A good roofer will know how to do it correctly without you having to ask about it. If they do it all the time then they know what to do.  Imagine if you were to hire someone who isn’t as experienced or does things illegally! One would have to stop a job midway through and remove all of the work that was done previously to receive the proper permit. Not only would this extend the time of the work but it would also be extremely expensive to start over. Play it safe and get a legal contractor who knows what they are doing!

Flashing Neglect

Your flashing plays an important role with your roof. It protects vulnerable areas from becoming water-damaged. This piece of metal is extremely important, it prevents the underlayment from soaking up water and going into your home. When you are putting on a new roof or if you have some big roof repair do not try to reuse flashing. This is a big mistake that many homeowners make. They may think it will save them money, but in the long run, it ends up being more costly to repair again. So don’t skimp on the Flashing!

Ignoring the Gutters

Your gutters play a key role in keeping your roof safe and dry. Keeping your gutters clean is an often neglected chore. That, however, is a big mistake. When there is build up in the gutters there cause be water accumulating and causing water damage. This debris consists of leaves, pine needles, twigs, and whatever else might make its way into your gutters. It may be a job that everyone hates but it is time to stop avoiding it. It’s best to hire a professional for this dangerous job as well.

Hiring the Wrong Person

As we have talked about in the past, being the right person for the job is a huge part of making sure things are done correctly. Hiring an unlicensed person is a big mistake. This may be much cheaper but if there is any kind of accident on your property you will be paying for it. If the unlicensed person messes up and the new roof needs repairs then you will have to pay for it to be redone. Don’t make this mistake, choose the fully qualified candidate the first time.

Here is a short recap on the article today: when having your roof repaired or replaced don’t DIY, don’t forget about getting permits for repairs, don’t neglect your home’s flashing, keep those gutters clean, and most importantly hire the right person for the job. Keeping your family and your home safe is very important to us at Valley Roofing. We hope to hear from you for all of your roofing needs in this fresh new year.