There are many reasons that lead to needing roof repairs but is it worth it to repair the roof or is it time to get a new roof? That depends on what is causing the problem, the extent of the damage and how long it’s been since you’ve added a new roof. At Wood River Roofing Professionals, we have the knowledge to assess the problem and come up with the best and most cost effective solution for you. Give us a call and schedule an appointment to have one of our professionals come out to provide a free estimate. Check out our sections on Roofing and Roof Installation for more information about the process and how long your roof should last.
If you’re planning to try to tackle the job yourself, check out some of our tips below of where to start and help along the way. So many things can come up when you’re doing any type of home improvements so keep that in mind. How many times have you started what you thought would be a simple project only to uncover problem after problem the further you got into the work? The same goes with roofing! Here are some of the most common types of roof repair that we see in the industry.
Roof leaks are the most common calls we receive mainly because a homeowner usually doesn’t know they have a problem until they start seeing water leaking from the ceiling. This is understandable since most people don’t climb up their house to check what’s going on every year. (Although, they should at least once a year for preventative maintenance.) Many factors can cause a leaking roof, like the rabbit hole we talked about earlier, but usually it is due to moisture from rain and snow getting under the layers of shingles and rotting out the wood underneath. Extensive and expensive damage can occur if left unattended. Some of the next topics could also be the culprit of your problem!
Shingles Needing Repaired or Replaced
A single damaged shingle can be all it takes to expose a wide area of your roof to the elements. Repairing just one at the first signs of damage can prolong the life of your roof. Damage can be due to the amount of time since the roof was replaced, excessive water from heavy or frequent rainfalls, snow and ice that has sat for a long time and broken down the material or which has melted quickly and seeped into the cracks, high winds that have ripped off or torn any of the roofing system, or even materials that were improperly installed in the first place. Repairing or replacing a shingle or two is relatively easy and inexpensive but the rewards are many!
Your roof is not a smooth surface. It has protrusions from the chimney, air conditioning, and other raised up areas. These areas where the protrusions meet the roof can be difficult to protect due to the angles and corners. Flashing is a thin piece of metal in place around the protrusions to keep water from collecting in joints and curves in these areas. If installed improperly or damaged from any of mother nature's acts, you will be left with an exposed roof and the beginning of wood rot. Make sure to check these areas when doing your annual maintenance, (gutter cleaning at the very least). Repairing damaged flashing at the first signs will also prevent costly repairs later and prolong the life of your roof.
Fascia, Soffit and Gutters
Your roof is designed to allow water to run off, water flow, so that it doesn’t pool in areas and start to rot the wood underneath. Fascia, soffit and gutters are in place as a system for this water flow. If any one of these items is in need of repair, the whole system fails to function properly and you end up with roof leaks, holes and rot. Keeping gutters cleaned out and installing gutter shields are essential to maintain your roof. Proper maintenance every year will help keep your troubles at bay. Check to make sure none of these items are in need of repair or have come detached from the roof in any way when doing your annual maintenance. A simple reattachment could be all it takes to keep your protected through the seasons.
As we mentioned earlier, there are many things that can go wrong when it comes to material that is exposed to the elements and wildlife. Your roof is a system of barriers protecting your house from the elements. The shingles are the shield, the flashing is the barrier, fascia, soffit and gutters are the system to allow water to flow off. If any of these are out of place or in need of repairs, the entire system of barriers breaks down. Leaving problems unattended will create holes for animals to burrow in and create more damage. Keeping your roof in good repair is a must for any homeowner!
If you’re unsure where to start or don’t have the time and energy to do the work yourself, contact us and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to assess the damage and give you a free estimate. We are a team of hard-working and dedicated professional roofers who will provide prompt and outstanding service that you can trust now and in the future.
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