Common Roof Repairs

Roof repairs

Roof repairs are one of the most popular reasons people call a roofer. Whether you have damage caused by hail, a windstorm, ice, or other forms of precipitation, roof leaks can be difficult to detect and quite expensive to repair. Even if you get an inspection before your roof is replaced, you may find that there are many small leaks that are easy to fix. Often, the cost of the repair is much less than replacing the entire roof.

Some roof repairs are seasonal in nature. Windstorms leave scratch marks on the underside of the shingles. Snow melts on the roof and then falls off in sheets. All of these things cause the roof to become dirty, but they also cause water to build up in the attic. As the water builds, it can create gaps, and when it rains, that water can cause extensive damage. If you suspect that a leak is underneath your shingles, make an appointment with a roofer to find out what you need to do to repair the damage.

Another common reason for roof repairs is damage caused by ice and snow. In many cases, gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, which allow ice to build up and weigh it down. Over time, this can cause your gutters to break because they are no longer able to carry the weight of the accumulated snow and ice. Clogged gutters also contribute to leaks, so it’s important to keep your gutters clean and clear to prevent this type of problem.

Many roof repairs are seasonal in nature, but some can be permanent. The gutters cleaning might not be enough if your shingles are broken or damaged, so many roofing companies now offer a roof leak detection system that will identify the location of any leaks. You can purchase this system at your local home improvement store, but many roofers also install it themselves. The system works by sounding an audible alarm when a leak is detected and then contacting a technician to determine the source of the leak. The technician can usually quickly repair the leak, saving you from expensive repairs, such as replacing shingles.

The cost of roof repairs can also be determined by the method of repair that is done. If your roof has several different layers, you might need to remove part of the roof, such as the ceiling or insulation board, in order to properly inspect the rest of the structure. This allows the roofing contractor to estimate the cost of the rest of the project, including any roof trusses (such as those used to attach the upper and lower roofs together). When determining the cost of the project, the contractor might ask you to tape measurements of the area under your roof to help them estimate the cost of re-roofing (if necessary). This is especially true of areas where there are more broken or damaged shingles than usual.

Sometimes, a simple repair can be all that’s needed. For example, if you see a leak on the attic floor but don’t see any sign of water damage, your first instinct may be to open up the attic ventilation system to check for leaks. Unfortunately, doing so will almost always result in additional costs for the homeowner because there are usually enough vents to keep the area dry and repair-able. In these situations, it is often best to contact a roofing contractor to assess the situation and suggest a course of action. With their expertise, they can save you time and money and make sure that your home remains safe and dry.