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ROOF REPAIR

When you discover a fresh water stain on your ceiling or water dripping noise above your head, the first instinct probably to look inside the house to see where it’s coming from. In all likelihood you’re not going to find it. Unless you have the ability to inspect your house from the roof down, it’s best to call a professional roofer. 

Replacing a roof can cost several thousands of dollars and most homeowners don’t budget for a problem that size. As tough as it is on  your bank account it’s very important to address the issues that arise overhead.

A leak can signal major or just minor damage. It must be inspected by a professional to assess what the damage is. The fix could be as simple as installing a few new shingles or replacing flashing. According to a survey of more than 38,000 homeowners, the average cost to repair a roof is about $800. Much more affordable than the $7,000 average for a new roof. Depending on the leak you may pay as little as $10 for material and be able to fix it yourself.

The following is a loose guide to roof damage. This information may be helpful before you call a professional to get their assessment.

Disclaimer: Working on a roof can dangerous and we don’t advise inspecting or repairing a roof yourself. In our opinion it’s worth it to hire a professional contractor.

    • Damaged Flashing
    • Flashing is usual made of metal or plastic an it protects the crease between fixtures like chimneys or skylights or part of roof that butts up against a wall. Flashing should also be used around the venting pipes under your roofing material. If the flashing is cracked, loose, worn or missing, the area around these fixtures will be vulnerable to rain and moisture.

    • Install or Remove and replace with new flashing. Some surrounding materials, such as shingles, will need to be lifted away for removal and installation.

 

    • Worn Sealant
    • Ssealant is used around the edge of the flashing edges of skylights or areas where the roof butts up against a wall or chimney. Sealant will eventual crack will not do its job, resulting in a leak.
      Solution: Remove worn or old caulk and re-caulk or apply new tar. In most cases you wont need to remove old tar. It’s possible that surrounding materials will need to be removed and put back in place to effectively apply the sealant.

 

    • Punctures
    • Weathering, a fallen branch or animals can create holes or punctures in your roofing material. These repairs are best handled by professional roofers as they usually involve more than a simple repair. In some cases it may require re-framing part of the underlying roof structure.

    • Solution: After your roofer has done the needed re-framing they will install a layer of sheathing, then felt paper followed by shingles. If it’s small enough to be filled with roofing caulk (typically less than 3/8 of an inch) you may do so and this can hold it for a short period of time until you have a professional fix it permanently. 

 

    • Damaged Vent Boot
    • This component seals the area around your vents or pipes sticking out of the roof from moisture. Similar to flashing it seals other parts of your roof. A damaged vent boot can be the source of a leak.
    • Solution:  Replace the vent boot. This will require removing any surrounding materials connected or on top of the boot vent. 

 

    • Damaged or Missing Shingles
    • It’s common to discover damaged or missing shingles. Causes can include:
    • ●      Strong winds blow them off or make them loose
      ●      The outer protective layer of granules wear away
      ●      Animal activity 
      ●      Hail or freezing water can create cracks and breaks 
      ●      Ice dams and pooling water weigh on them.

    • Solution: ($30 per bundle) Remove the old shingles or roofing material and replace them with new ones. In the case of ice dams and pooling water, once you have replaced your shingles, you’ll want to be proactive to prevent future damage. Remove snow to prevent ice dams and keep your gutters clean for proper drainage.

 

  • Corroded Vertical Slits
  • The slit between each roofing tile is a vulnerable area and can easily corrode. As water runs through these slits, it wears away the underlying roofing materials as time passes.

  • Solution: Replace the damaged or worn shingles as soon as possible to prevent further damage and leaks.
    Leaks or aesthetic damage can usually be fixed without replacing the entire roof. When a roof is past it’s lifespan installing a new roof is a wise investment—especially before listing your home for sale. You should have your roof inspected regularly once it’s 20 to 25 years old. When you’ve had multiple leaks within a year’s time it’ probably time to replace the roof.
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