Your roof is responsible for protecting your home from harsh weather elements, like scorching heat or sharp-hitting hail. However, the weather is certainly not the only factor that can affect the durability and longevity of your roof. One of the pressing concerns that you need to look out for is faulty roof installation. Here are some of its telltale signs:
- Incorrect Shingle Placement. If pieces of shingles or rows of shingles are not properly set in place by the installer, the elements — especially rainwater — can seep through the spaces and cause leaks and other forms of water damage.
- Misuse of Nails. Nails are among the most vital components of a roofing system, but they’re often overlooked. If the incorrect nails are used or the nails are placed in the wrong area, they will not be able to effectively hold down the shingles. These shingles then can be blown off by strong winds the next time a serious storm hits your home.
- Improper Gutter Installation. Another thing to be aware of is the quality of gutter installation. The main purpose of your gutters is to direct water away from the foundation of your home, preventing soil erosion, flooding of basement and so on. If your gutter system is installed even at a slightly wrong angle, water will be carried elsewhere where it can wreak havoc on other parts of your home.
- Improper Flashing Application. Flashing is a thin piece of metal that is fitted around penetrations on the roof like the chimney and vents. If the contractor fails to apply the flashing correctly, the vulnerable areas on the roof will become susceptible to leaks, which can easily result in the deterioration of the structure.
When it comes to residential roofing services, M&A Exterior Home Improvement is the contractor to trust. Our skilled team uses industry-leading products and is up-to-date with the latest installation techniques. Schedule an appointment with us by calling (757) 779-5244 or filling out our online form.