Mistakes To Avoid During Asphalt Shingle Roof Replacement

Asphalt shingle roofs are easily the most common type of residential roofing, and you can find all kinds of how-to videos to tell you about roof replacement with this material. However, no matter how skilled you think you may be or how much information you find online, asphalt shingle roof replacement is best left to a professional who knows what they are doing. Take a look at a few of the most common mistakes to avoid during asphalt shingle roof replacement. 

Mistake: Improperly running the first line of starter shingles along the eaves. 

If the first run of shingles along the eaves of the house is not properly run, it will compromise the efficiency of the entire roof and how it protects your home. The first line of shingles thwarts moisture from seeping under the roof as a whole once it is installed. The delicate sheathing beneath these shingles is highly prone to moisture, so an improper first line of shingles can completely ruin the roof and even cause water damage to eaves and overhangs on your house. Professional roofing installers spend more time getting this first line of shingles properly placed than anything else because of this fact. 

Mistake: Not using the right number of fasteners according to the slope of the roof. 

Roofs that have more slope will require more fasteners to be used to hold the shingles in place securely for the long term. If you look at how gravity affects how much weight and stress is on the shingles, it is easy to understand why this is the case. A lot of inexperienced roofing installers will go with the standard number of fasteners on each shingle without regard to the slope of the roof, which means the shingles can be in danger of falling off faster than they should. 

Mistake: Not allowing the shingles to have the proper overhang at edges. 

Roofing shingles should be installed in a shingled fashion, which is why they have the name that they do. If you do not allow enough overhang in the shingled installation, it will allow water and moisture to slip in between shingles and cause damage. Likewise, not allowing for enough overhang at the roof's edges will allow water to get into the substrate material and cause water damage to form. In some cases, asphalt shingles without enough overhang during installation will start to deteriorate not long after installation. 

If you need your roof replaced, contact a local company like Earhart Roofing Company Inc