HOW TO KNOW IT'S TIME FOR A REPAIR
How do you know when you need a roof repair? For many homeowners, it’s a roof leak. But other than major events like a tree falling on your home, what kinds of problems cause these leaks?
In some cases, replacing a few shingles is all you need to restore beauty and function to your roof. Asphalt shingles are designed to last for decades, and today’s modern roofing designs are engineered to last for as long as you own your home.
Before you decide to replace shingles, however, it’s important to have a professional inspect your roof to determine if any of the underlayment or decking is damaged. There’s a big difference between a few missing shingles lost during heavy winds and a leak that extends through the various layers of your roof. If the damage is extensive, it’s usually a better idea — and a better value — to replace the entire roof.
Also keep in mind that shingles are exposed to rain, snow and heat. Even if you have a spare box of shingles left over from when your roof was installed, you might have a hard time matching the “new” shingles to the ones on your roof. Depending on the location and the size of the area in need of replacement, it might be difficult to blend replacement shingles into the rest of the roof.
However, if the area in need of new shingles is located in an inconspicuous area, or the section is relatively small, you might be able to get away with nailing down some replacement shingles. Here are four of the most common reasons people have to seek roof repairs from a roofing company.
1. Clogged Gutters: Many people think gutter problems are self-contained. But in reality, clogged gutters can cause a backup of water. That water has to go somewhere, and often it’s through your roof and into your home. Keep them cleaned out for less worry all year long.
2. Damaged Shingles: A missing shingle here or there doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But shingles are the barrier between the elements and the plywood base of your roof. Remove that barrier and it’s easier for water to sink in. Give your shingles a visual inspection each year, and especially after any hail, wind, or other damaging weather conditions.
3. Cracked Flashing: Flashing is the thin sheet of metal that runs along the joints of a roof. Just like any other part of the structure, it can sustain damage that allows water to leak into your home. Check the flashing for signs of damage when you look at your shingles.
4. Cracked Roof Vents: There’s another item on your roof that you should pay attention to: the vents. These are the pipes you see sticking up from your roof. If they’re damaged or deteriorated, they can cause big problems.
Understandably, many homeowners wonder if they can patch a damaged or deteriorating section of roof rather than replace the entire thing. They may even opt to roof over the existing shingles instead of tearing off the old roof. Patching can work, but it poses all of the same issues — and then some — as replacing a few shingles.
Just as you would when deciding if it’s okay to simply replace shingles, it’s important to consult with a home roofing professional if you’re considering patching your roof. All Roof Edmonton will perform a thorough inspection to determine if a patch will extend your roof’s lifespan without leading to future damage.
All Roof Edmonton experts will examine both the exterior of your roof, as well as the boards in your attic, which will generally show if moisture has made its way through the decking and into your home.
On the outside, signs of a more serious problem include shingles that are curling at the edges or starting to buckle. Another bad sign is the presence of granules — the small, pebble-like pieces that coat the outside of the shingle — in your gutters or on the ground. Furthermore, a sagging roof is a sure sign of a more serious problem. If you notice any sagging, don’t wait to call a roofing contractor. You must replace the entire roof as quickly as possible. All Roof Edmonton is there to help take your roof worries away.
Even if it’s possible to patch your roof, the outcome might not be aesthetically pleasing. In the case of a patch, the damaged area is usually much larger than a spot in need of a few shingles, which generally makes it more difficult to blend the repaired section in with the existing roof.
If you suspect that you need any type of roof repair, call All Roof Edmonton. We’re one of the leading Edmonton roofing companies for a reason. We’ll answer all your questions, from how much your roof repairs will cost to how long your roof will typically last. Then we’ll deliver quality roofing services. It doesn’t matter if you need a repair or a replacement, we’re an Edmonton roofing contractor you can trust.
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