You may start to notice your shingles falling off or leaks in your house and worry that your roof may need replacing. There are instances when your roof only needs repair or parts replaced. If your roof is under twenty years old and was properly installed, more than likely it just needs a repair. There are several areas of your roof that get more wear and tear due to location that will need repairs over your roof’s lifespan. If you are not sure if your roof just needs repair or needs a complete replacement, give your local contractor a call.
An occurrence that people notice that probably requires roof repair are leaks. Sometimes you may only notice water discoloration marks in your ceiling, and other times you may find out during a rain storm while looking for buckets to catch water. The most common roof leaks are where something protrudes through the roof such as the chimney, plumbing, or vents. If your leak is due to one of these instances, the issue could usually be fixed by replacing the parts or resealing the areas around the opening.
Partial Shingle Replacements
Another reason your roof might require repair are for partial replacement of shingles. If you start to notice that some of your shingles have fallen off the roof, it is probably a good idea to have your roof inspected. There are several reasons why you may need shingles replaced. Sometimes they were not installed correctly which causes them to get damaged easier. Areas around chimneys, plumbing, or vents may have shingles that need to be replaced due to the irregular placement. Other areas where shingles commonly need to be replaced are the valleys and ridges of your roof. This is where two areas of the roof intersect and have more wear and tear due to water flow during rainstorms.
Gutters & Trees
There are also several ways to prevent your roof from needing repairs. One thing is to have it installed by a licenced professional to ensure it is installed correctly. Another thing is to keep gutters cleaned because they could have debris buildup and cause damage to your roof. Gutters should be cleaned at least two times per year to prevent buildup. You should also check your trees regularly to make sure there are not any overhanging branches that are scraping your roof. These could damage or tear off the shingles.
It is always best to hire a professional to repair your roof because of the safety hazards. If you decide to repair your roof yourself, remember safety first. Use slip resistant shoes that have rubber soles. Wear a harness to protect yourself from falls. And always have someone there with you to help and be available to call someone in case of an emergency.
Taking the steps to prevent roof damage is always a good practice. If you notice that your roof might be in need of repair, it is best to call a roof repair professional to have a complete inspection done. This will take the stress off of you so you don’t have to worry about what is in need of repair and knowing that it will be fixed correctly. If you chose to repair your roof yourself, remember safety first.