5 Things Homeowners Do All the Time That Damage Their Roofs


Roof MaintenanceWe invest a great deal in our homes, not only financially, but also in work, maintenance, beautification, and more. As homeowners, we take pride in our homes as a reflection of our personality and values. 


Sometimes, though, seemingly innocuous upgrades or work can actually cause damage to your roof. If you’ve made any of these mistakes, don’t beat yourself up — they are very common! Our goal with this blog post, though, is to help prevent accidental damage to your roof and ultimately, to protect your roof (and home) investment. 

Avoid these mistakes to prevent roof damage

While these modifications are very common, they can also be costly when it comes to damaging your roof. It’s best to avoid them altogether, or consult with a trusted roofing partner to complete the work and avoid damage:

1. Hanging a basketball hoop

Households with kids or especially athletic adults may feel that a basketball hoop at your home can save trips to the gym or waiting for a hoop to become free at the playground. Unfortunately, repetitive banging and vibration on your roof caused by basketballs hitting the backboard can lead to broken seals and a leaky roof! 


Rather than installing a hoop by attaching it to your home or garage, consider a freestanding basketball hoop instead. You’ll gain the benefits of a personal hoop, without the added risk to your home. 

2. Installing a satellite dish

Satellite providers often provide tantalizing deals to encourage new subscribers. In order to receive service from your satellite provider, though, a representative from your provider will have to install a satellite dish on your roof. 


Unfortunately, satellite representatives are most definitely NOT roofers. Their chief concern is quick and efficient installation of your satellite dish so that you get a clear picture. Most often, that means drilling bolts into your roof for a roof-mounted dish, which can cause leaks. Instead, ask your provider to use an under eave bracket when installing your dish. You can also find affordable under eave brackets yourself on Amazon or from other retailers. 

3. Using a power washer on the roof

If your roof shows stains or is covered in debris, you may be tempted to use a power washer to restore its appearance. While a power washer will remove many stains and debris, it can also remove the protective coating on your shingles that shields them from the sun, heat, extreme weather, and fire. This can significantly alter the lifespan of your roof. 


Before you attempt to clean your roof, contact a trusted roofing partner (like Joye Roofing) for a consultation to determine the best course of action. 

4. Hanging Christmas lights

Although initial concerns about hanging Christmas lights may center around falling (think: Clark Griswold!), stapling, nailing, or screwing lights to your roof can cause leaks and further damage. Instead, consider purchasing mounting brackets that hang from your gutters, or use decorations that hang from your windows and shrubs instead.  

5. Installing skylights and vents

Welcoming more sunlight or fresh air into your home is certainly an understandable desire; however, many contractors who install these home modifications are untrained when it comes to your roof. 


Any time someone plans on cutting a hole in your roof, it is best to consult with a trusted roofer. Opening any sort of hole in your roof requires repair by a trained expert to prevent leaks and more extensive damage to your roof and home. 


Always consult a trusted roofing partner.

When in doubt, it is always best to speak with someone you trust before doing any work that involves your roof. As a major investment in your home that literally protects your family, an extra phone call or meeting can save you a great deal of stress (and money!) in the short and long term. The team at Joye Roofing is here to help! Contact us with your questions and concerns, and we’ll help you make the best decision for your home. 


Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.