Roofing Installation Tips

Roofing Installation Tips -- 5 Common Mistakes

Roofing Installation Tips

Installing a new roofing on your home is a big job -- one that can even be fraught with danger -- and normally I would recommend that you leave this task to a professional. But if you must insist on doing your own roofing installation, there are some things that you need to be aware of -- some common mistakes that the nonprofessional is prone to making.

Mistake Number One: Failure to Secure the Right Tools and Materials

The first mistake many nonprofessionals make is that they try to do the job without the proper tools and materials. So my first roofing installation tip to you is this: before you begin, make sure you have everything you need. In addition to your roofing materials, you will also need such items as a tape measure, a carpenter's square, hammers, utility knives, a pry bar, tool belt, caulking gun -- the list goes on and on -- your local home construction center can advise you on the things that you will need.

And since you will be installing your roofing on your roof, then of course you're going to need at least one sturdy, safe ladder to get up there -- and you do know how to use it properly, right? If you don't, you better get some lessons real quick -- taking a tumble off of a ladder can land you in the hospital -- or worse.

Mistake Number Two: Failure to Practice Proper Safety Precautions

A second mistake I have already hinted at -- a failure to practice proper safety precautions. Just because you are trying to do your roof installation yourself is no reason to try and cut corners when it comes to safety. So here's my second roofing installation tip: be safe. What do I mean? First of all, use a safe ladder and make sure that it is securely anchored -- stay away from electrical wires, especially when on your ladder.

If possible, I would have you really take to heart this additional roofing installation tip -- try to work with a safety harness at all times. Make sure that it is securely anchored to a stout rope -- the safety harness can save your life if you happen to fall off the roof. Another important roofing installation tip is to make sure that you do not store too many tools or roofing supplies in one spot -- spread these things out; this will evenly distribute the weight on the roof, so you don't go crashing through.

Mistake Number Three: Failure to Inspect and Repair the Decking

A third area where the beginner is likely to go wrong is in not inspecting the underneath decking -- and repairing it when necessary. My very strong roofing installation tip here is that you do not skip this. Your decking must be in good condition -- no signs of rotting or warping. Keep in mind that if you do find a problem with your decking, it's not the end of the world -- but it must be repaired before you can proceed. Don't cut corners here! Replace any unsound decking -- and above all, do not try to nail shingles over bare roofing insulation -- it will not provide adequate protection from the weather.

Mistake Number Four: Improper Installation of Chimney Flashing

Another mistake (I'll stop here before this article gets too long) that is often made by beginners concerns chimney flashing -- I'll offer you the following roofing installation tips. First of all, apply your shingles to the lower face of the roof, roll your roofing, then apply the waterproof membrane -- only then apply the flashing and cement it securely. Improper installation of chimney flashing can cause leaks and the eventual water damage where your roofing meets the chimney.

If it seems to you, after reading this brief article, that there is a lot to know in order to properly install a roof, then I have done my job properly. So my final roofing installation tip to you is this: why don't you carefully consider whether or not you have the tools and skills to do this job properly. Perhaps you should call your roofing specialist, after all? I thought so...