When you want to install something on your shingle roof, it’s important that you get the job done right. While you can attach items to your shingle roof, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Most manufacturers don’t tell you that nailing security cameras or decorative objects into your roof can add stress and weaken your roof—when done incorrectly, it can be disastrous. In fact, you might even void your roof warranty if you try to install something yourself.
Generally, you should always call a contractor for shingle roofing services in Wyoming. Since your roof is critical to protecting your home and belongings from the elements, keeping it in great shape should be your top priority. In addition to getting professional help, consider whether there are alternatives to roof installation—it’s possible your damaged roof may just need to be repaired, in which case you could save yourself a lot of time, hassle and expense.
Here are some of the most commonly-installed items, and our thoughts on whether it’s a good idea to attach them to your roof:
- Antennas or satellite dishes: Holes in your roof can cause leaks, so anytime you can avoid them, it’s wise to do so. Today’s digital antennas can be installed in attics with no problem, and satellite dishes may be better placed on the side of your home.
- Solar panels: Solar panels almost always need to be installed on the roof to get the full effects of the sun, so they can and should be attached to your roof, as long as you get a professional to do the work. Check with your solar panel company to see who is responsible for installation.
- Holiday lights: Holiday lights brighten up dreary winter nights, but are they harming your roof? You should be able to install these yourself, but ask a professional for tips first to ensure you don’t inflict damage in the process.
- Security cameras: Your security cameras will actually do better if they’re installed under your roof—even though they’re designed to be weatherproof, the more precipitation you can keep off of them, the longer they’ll last. You’ll also get better angles and visibility. Try to install these on the soffit, or the underside of your eaves.
- Pergolas: Pergolas are excellent for shading your home, but if you plan to attach one to your roof, you’ll need to call a roofing contractor along with your building contractor. For large projects that could compromise your roof’s integrity, you’ll want to make sure it’s perfect.
- Sun shades: Similarly, sun shades need to be professionally installed—a roofing contractor can make sure they’re installed where the roof can support the tension and weight.
- Hanging baskets: Finally, hanging flower baskets are a popular decorative choice, but the potential for disaster is high. Baskets of wet dirt and heavy plants are too weighty to be supported by the roof or soffit, unless professionally installed.
Need to install something on your roof? Drury Brothers Roofing Wyoming provides comprehensive shingle roofing services in Wyoming, including attaching items. Call us today to book your appointment.