The roof of your home is one of the most visible components of your home and must be maintained throughout the year. Damage from weather can cause long term issues. The way to ensure that your roof will hold up and protect you, your family and the contents inside is avoid common roofing mistakes. Replace Your Old Flashing! The metal flashing on your roof keeps moisture from leaking into your home in areas where different materials meet. Although your old flashing may appear to be in good condition, it’s important make sure that your old flashing is replaced with new flashing to help prevent water from getting through crevices that could cause potential damage. Also, make sure that the contractor is properly installing the flashing as well. It needs to be properly aligned and sealed to keep weather from getting through. Replace Those Shingles! Don’t cut corners just to save a buck. There was a time when roofing contractors would simply repair a worn roof by placing the new roof over top of the existing roof. The best way to replace a roof is to remove all of the shingles and felt and get down to the sheathing. That way, the sheathing can be inspected for damage and replaced or repaired before the new felting and shingles are installed. Also, putting new shingles over top of old shingles allows space where debris and moisture can get caught, which can lead to additional damage. Pay Attention Moisture Protection Although your shingles do a great job of diverting the water off of your roof, it is very important to have proper moisture protection installed underneath. This moisture barrier not only protects the sheathing from rain, but perhaps more importantly from collecting moisture such as snow and ice that could cause permanent damage. For your roof to be properly protected against moisture, a high quality moisture barrier is a must. Make sure to talk to your roofer about their solution for moisture protection. Check for Fastener Length & Correct Placement If the nails your roofer uses are too short and then are used to fasten shingles, there will be an issue with the shingles becoming loose down the road. Short nails can lead shifting, as well as premature replacement and repairs. Talk to your roofer about making sure they are using nails that are the proper length to ensure that your shingles will last longer. The placement of the nails is also important. Nails need to placed underneath the top layer of shingles being installed so that the heads of the nails are not exposed to the weather. If placed incorrectly, it can lead do serious damage of the shingles and potentially your entire roof system. Check your roof with the seasons! Each season brings different elements to your roof so it is important to inspect your roof throughout the year, snow and ice during the winter months, heavy rain and winds during the spring, summer and fall. All of these conditions can allow for shingles to come loose which then allows extra moisture to get into your house. A inspection outside from the ground and inside from your attic can let you know that you have an issue…as with everything, it’s best to detect them early!