Whether you are buying a new home, or you just want to make sure your roof is in good working condition, there are a few common errors to look out for when it comes to your roof. As one of the main protective layers of a home, having a sound roof can have a profound impact on the longevity of your home, which is why it is so important to hire a professional roofing company like G & K Roofing and Remodeling, Inc.

Below are four common errors roof installers make:

Haphazard Nailing

It may seem like a no brainer, but believe it or not, there are many instances where there are few (or in some cases), no nails securing shingles to a roof. To inspect your roof, check to make sure there are four to six nails in each shingle, and the nails are below the self-sealing strip.

In some cases, a nailing issue can be resolved by simply having a roofing contractor come out and correct the error. In other cases, however, a nailing issue may result in a roof replacement.

Improper Flashing Installation

Flashing helps protect the home from water damage by directing how water flows on a roof. There are a few common problems when it comes to flashing. The first is simply not installing it. This is a common error when amateur’s or unexperienced homeowners are the ones performing the work. Other common errors are not using enough sealant, or not properly securing the flashing. In these instances, the result is usually buckling, which can result in leaks.

Failing to properly install flashing can have damaging effects for a home over the years. Without the water being directed properly, water can pool in certain areas and cause the roof to sag and leak.

Shingle Overhang Length

In order to properly protect a home from water damage, it is important to have the shingles hang over the edge of the roof. This protects the fascia from taking on too much water and directs it by spilling over the edge of the roof or into the gutters.

It is important to have the overhang the proper length. If the shingles hang too far over the edge, it will make them vulnerable to strong winds and can result in them bending, tearing or even falling off. On the other hand, if the shingles do not hang over far enough, it will allow water to seep into the structural elements of the home and cause rotting or leaking. Hiring a professional roofing contractor will ensure your home has the appropriate shingle overhang.

Roof Vents and Penetrations

While much of the roof is completely covered, roof vents, skylights or other roof penetrations provide the easiest opportunities for leaks. These roofing elements are also the most overlooked by amateurs and homeowners.

All too often, you will find roofing vents sealed with roofing cement, rather than properly sealed with roofing boots or self-flashing. Properly sealing and allowing roof penetrations to vent, will prolong the life of your roof and protect your home.

If you notice any of these common errors on your roof, contact us at

G & K Roofing and Remodeling, Inc. Our team of professional roofing experts can help determine what the best option is for your home.