Some people think anyone can lay a roof. No big deal, right? You climb up and you take off the old shingles and simply replace them with new. Easy peasy. Of course, this is fraught with trouble and since a roof is something you need to keep the integrity of your home intact through each season of weather you need the job done right, by the professionals.
Professionals not only know how to approach and work on a roof safely but they are trained in getting around all of those roofing obstacles that many of us have on our roof. Think vents, skylights, chimneys, solar panels and the like, all things that will disrupt the pattern of the roofing material you choose and all things that will need extra attention when it comes to keeping that roof moisture proof.
Vents are an integral part of any house. They allow air in and to circulate around your house all while not allowing rain or snow to enter. There is even a vent on the roof for the sewage line that takes the old used water out of the house. It is on the roof to allow all the pipes the gift of gravity as there is no greater vertical drop on a house than one that originates on the roof.
Whether you have a working fireplace or not, you may have a chimney on your roof. They are obviously needed if you do have a fireplace, but some choose to let the chimney remain after the fireplace is long gone for that cozy cottage-y feel, adding character to the house.
Skylights are another popular obstacle on the roof, especially for those rooms that don’t have big windows or anywhere the homeowner wants more natural light. They instantly brighten any space on the inside but pose a problem on the outside—on the roof—when it comes to roofing around them.
With the push to be more environmentally friendly, solar panels are also popping up on a lot of roofs. They harness the power of the sun and use that to power the house itself. Again, they sit on the roof and have to be handled with care when re-roofing.
Any roofing obstacle will have to have the addition of flashing around it to work with your shingles to get that watertight fit. Professional roofers know what they are doing with any and all roofing obstacles that come their way, just another reason why it’s best to call in the professionals, for any job large or small.