Once your roof is installed, there are obviously so many accessories you would want to attach to it. These include security cameras, satellite dish, TV antenna, solar panels, and so many other things. While you cannot do without most of these accessories, it is always good to consider alternatives before you start attaching things to the roof. This is because accessories on the roof add stress to it and increase the risk of leaks. This is something the manufacturer of your home accessories will not tell you. However, if you must attach an accessory, it is important to ask a roofer to attach it for you.
Nailing into the Roof
The roofing system is designed specifically to keep water from getting into your house. Roofers achieve this by layering various materials over the decking or the wooden foundation of the roof. A pitched roof has many components which include felt underlayment, ice & water protectors, roof shingles, and flashing. All these components work together to keep water off the roof and into the gutters.
A single nail through the roof will definitely compromise the whole roofing system. Once the nail punctures the shingles and underlayment of the roof, the whole system will be compromised. Rainwater will get in through the hole, bypassing all the protection layers, and into your attic. Yes, the leak might be small but over time it will cause major problems. So how do roofers install accessories using nails?
Roofers use nails but in a precise way. Each nail they drive in is covered by the shingles. It is adding a nail over the shingles that compromises the roof. This is, however, not something anybody can do. That is why the installation of accessories on the roof must be left to experienced roofers.
Attaching Antenna to the Roof
Your TV has to work, right? How then do you attach the TV antenna without damaging the roof? While a professional will help attach the antenna, it is always wise to look for other options first. Nailing the antenna to the roof will only create holes. Today, most antennas are placed in the attic because digital signals can easily bypass the roof without affecting the quality of the signal.
Your installer may suggest mounting the antenna to the chimney. There are also options for securing the antenna to the roof using strap systems; no nails are driven through the roof. Another option is that of mounting a freestanding TV antenna in the backyard. It is also good to check with your roofing professional to ensure the method the installer chooses will not damage the roof.
Security Cameras on the Roof
While the rooftop might seem like a great place to install a security camera, manufacturers don’t recommend that even if the camera is waterproof. The best place to install them is in the soffit; the underside of the roof’s eave.
Whether you plan on attaching Christmas décor, solar panels, shade sail, or flower baskets, it is always good to consult a professional roofer for advice. The last thing you want is to compromise the integrity of your roof doing something that seemed right. For FREE INSPECTION call (905) 387-3000 Roofing Experts D’Angelo and Sons. Contractors you can trust to repair your roofing repair.