As one of the most important aspects of your home, your roof requires care and maintenance. When determining how to best care for your roof, you should consider things that can both help and harm the life of your roof shingles! To get the best roof shingle life expectancy in the Indianapolis area, please consider the following:
1. Never Install New Shingles Over Existing Shingles
This process of installation is called layover. It’s called “layover”, because you’re simply installing new shingles over the pre-existing shingles, without fixing or repairing any bad flashing or hidden wood rot. This is a bad idea because it voids the warranty from the shingle manufacturer and more often than not will fail. The majority of reputable roofing contractors will not offer any warranty on roofing layovers.
2. Use a Qualified Roofing Contractor
The benefits of using a qualified roofing contractor to install and inspect your roof are priceless. A knowledgeable and certified roofing contractor will know all of the laws and codes which are required for your location. Hiring a qualified roofing expert will help ensure that you get a quality roofing installation which leads to a long roof life. By taking the step to do research and find a qualified contractor – you save headaches, money, and potential future problems!
3. Hire a Local Roofing Contractor such as the David Hazen Group
We recommend using only local roofing contractors who will be there to service your roof should you have any problems. The majority of out-of-town contractors come into town to chase storms and profit from roofing Insurance claims, as a result of storm damage caused by wind damage, hail damage or lighting. These companies appear attractive on the surface, because they often offer lower prices; however, in order to make their profit margins they often cut corners and quality. Out-of-town companies are famous for abruptly going out of business and leaving their customers with no warranty support. In many cases, the roofing manufacturer’s warranty can be voided due to improper installation of the shingles. Consider hiring the David Hazen Group. We are roofing experts in the Fishers/Zionsville area, and have been in business for over 20 years. We’re here for you today and we’ll be here for you tomorrow.
4. Always Address Insulation and Ventilation
Checking the attic insulation and ventilation will ensure that your new shingles stand the test of time. Poor ventilation causes dampness, which can become a problem… causing mold, mildew or wood rot, or roof/decking delamination. Trapped moisture in your home poses a health risk due to the mold and mildew growth. Improper roofing insulation and roofing ventilation will lead to extreme heat conditions in your attic; causing your shingles to overheat and greatly reduce the life expectancy of your roof shingles.
Ice Dams Cause and Prevention
Ice buildup on the shingles, often referred to as ice damming, can also be a direct result of improper attic insulation and ventilation. Ice dams can cause water to back up and often will cause roof leaks. The David Hazen Group can help you avoid ice damming in Carmel Indiana, and if you should have one, we can assist in removing the snow and ice.
Your roof is important to you and to us. By following the guidelines above, you’ll keep the roof of your home in tip-top shape. Keep the David Hazen Group in mind for any home repairs or renovations on your checklist. We’ve been helping families like yours for over two decades!