The Most Important Day in the Life of Your Roof
February was a very wet and stormy month in North Central Texas. This weather, after a long period of dry, cold weather, has put the strain on roofs in our area. This has probably caused you to think about your roof more often then you usually if ever, do. It may have even caused you to wonder what is the most important day in the life of your roof. Is it the day when torrential rain and wind gusts in the 60s come through our area? Is it the day we get golf ball sized hail? Is it the hottest day in August?
If you had guessed any of those above you would have been wrong. The most important day in the life of your roof is the day it is installed. A proper installation along with good maintenance will keep your roof in top performance through any of the above extreme conditions. Let’s go over what I mean in detail.
When your roof is installed, there are several areas that are susceptible to water. These usually are penetrations through the roof, such as plumbing stacks, skylights, chimney etc. The picture below is an example of a chimney wall. This is actually a new install we inspected that was not flashed correctly. There should be counter flashing over the flashing that is being held up. Obviously, where all the grout is lying, water can get in.
You also need to be sure that all the shingles have been properly nailed. The warranty for wind load from the manufacturer will require the correct nail pattern and gun pressure.
This is a good example of the pressure of the nail gun being too high. It has caused the nail to actually penetrate the shingle. If you look closely you can see the nail head poking out below the shingle. This will cause you to lose shingles in high wind.
There is one more major area of concern. That is ventilation. Not only does properly ventilation keep you attic cooler in the summer, it actually helps your roof perform to its maximum potential as well. Proper ventilation is also a requirement from the manufacturer of most products for their warranty to be valid. It is one of the most overlooked areas when installing a new roof. In our opinion, it is the one of the most cost effective things you can do to maintain and/or prolonged the life of your roof.
If you pay attention on the most important day in the life of your roof, then when we have torrential downpours and high winds and soaring temperatures your roof be able to do its job properly.