When you are looking for a local roofer, you need one with experience and know-how. After all, a roof is not only a vital part of your home, protecting you from the elements and keeping you safe and dry in Iowa

Here at Boulevard Building Company in Ankeny, we pride ourselves in building the best roof possible. From the moment you call us to the moment we place the last nail and shingle and beyond, your needs are extremely important to us. After all, if you need a new roof or a roof repair, odds are, you need it quickly, as you could be suffering from a roof leak or worse. In Ankeny, we do our very best to ensure your new roof is installed correctly, so it will last a very long time. Below, we’ll take a look at common roofing mistakes made in the roofing industry. Contact us today for a free roofing estimate!


Roofing Materials Improperly Installed

There is a method to the madness of roof installation in order to ensure not only the longevity of your roofing system, but also to ensure its functionality. For instance, during the roof build process, we install starter shingles along the eaves to ensure straight, clean and controlled exit from the shingle for rain to enter the gutter. This prevents water from getting underneath the sheathing.

Underneath your shingles is a waterproof layer that serves to help protect your roof from the weather and to help stop roof leaks from occurring. There can be many layers underneath your roof’s shingles, including a felt layer, a water-resistant underlayment, and at the valleys and eaves a rubberized asphalt layer. All of these have a mission to stop water infiltration. Multiple layer or “overlay” is not recommended

Wrong Type of Nails Used

This is a very common problem that we here at Boulevard Building Company in Ankeny see frequently. While this may not seem like a big deal, it is, mainly because if the wrong types of nails were used for your roof, your insurance company could refuse to pay for roof damage down the road. Plus, the wrong types of nails may not hold down the roofing material adequately, which results in more damage (the reasoning behind insurance companies not paying out). This obviously could cost the homeowner thousands of dollars in the long run. Common nail problems are too small of nailheads being used, not using barbed shanks when required, using too short of nails, or putting nails where they don’t belong in the roofing material. Zinc Nails should never be used.  Always ensure a galvanized nail at proper length is used for best longevity

Improper Installation of Flashing

Flashing is one of the most important components of your roofing system. Flashing is the thin metal layers you will see by openings in your roof, such as vents, skylights, and the chimney. Their role is to help keep moisture out by helping to seal the holes. In order to ensure this happens, flashing must be installed by a train installation technician. Flashing helps direct water away from transitions and penetrations onto your roof’s roofing material so that it doesn’t pool and seep into your roof’s deck. When this is installed incorrectly, roof leaks often occur.

Ventilation and Ice Dams

Ice dams are formed when the temperature of your roof is warmer on the inside of your roof than on the edges. Here the water melts and then pools and freezes, causing a buildup and a never-ending cycle. Signs of an ice dam on your roof are beautiful icicles hanging down. Preventing ice dams comes down to a great roofing ventilation system and proper attic insulation to keep your roof’s temperature uniform and an extra layer underneath the shingles. (Some home designs prevent adequate ventilation and insulation.  Give us a shout and we’ll walk you through a few key steps to help you determine your option)

Accounting For the Slope of the Roof

Different types of roofs have different angles, and different types of roofing materials work better with different slopes than others. For example, asphalt shingles perform well with a steeper slope. For a flat roof, roofing membranes are more frequently used, such as rubber roofs. You’ll also see lightweight aluminum or steel used for flat roofs as well.


When it comes to choosing local roofers in Ankeny, you want an experienced, dependable, and reliable roofer so that you know your new roof is being properly installed in order to prevent future problems and to last a long time. Whether you need a residential or a commercial roof replacement, give Boulevard Building Company a call today one of our expert roofers will schedule a time with you for a free roofing estimate. With a passion to help you with all of your roofing needs, from remodeling your home, adding a new addition, or expanding your commercial space, our professional roofers are ready to deliver outstanding customer service.

We also offer storm damage repair for your roof and siding replacement services. We want to help you with all of your exterior home and business’ needs. In addition, we offer financing in order to help you make a roof replacement or gutter installation more affordable. Our mission is to help you protect the home of your dreams by repairing and replacing the exterior, including your roof. We work around your hours and during the day while you are away in order to disturb you and your neighbors less. We can give you a quote for a variety of roofing materials if you are on the fence and give you advice on which one to select. We want to see you 100% satisfied with your new roof. Contact us today for your free roofing estimate!