How to Spot Roof Trouble
Your roof is not permanent. It needs care. You can give it that care by knowing what problems to look for and how and when to get professional help. Too often it is taken for granted that as long as a roof isn't leaking, it must be in good condition. This is not necessarily true. That's why you want to take action now to help assure long life for your roof.
The best way for you to minimize roof repair bills is to prevent damage before it occurs. This means periodic inspections, either from the ground or on a ladder. Look for danger signs like:
- Missing, cracked, or curled shingles
- Debris on the roof
- Clogged gutters and drains
- Severe weathering (Trees)
- Broken or cracked tiles
- Indoors you'll want to check for leaks or damp areas and stains on ceilings
Eaves are the most overlooked roofing component. Check these areas quarterly, since this is the first place to begin to show signs of problems.
Pounding water is also a big problem. With proper maintenance, your roof will last it full life expectancy.
A newer roof should be inspected annually while a roof that is eight to ten years old should be inspected more often. If you are unable to safely make an inspection yourself, have a roofing contractor do it for you. The cost is reasonable, and it could prevent later unnecessary repairs.
Repairing a Roof
The proper repair of modern roofing systems frequently requires specialized knowledge, the application of new technologies and highly specific skills. It therefore cannot be over-emphasized that repairs should only be undertaken by a professional roofing contractor who knows how best to deal with the problem at hand.
If your roof is relatively new and has developed only a minor leak, normally it can be easily corrected. Roofing that has been damaged or has blown away can be replaced, and leaks around flashings can be repaired.
If there is any damage done to the roof resulting from storms, hail, flying debris, or by other tradesmen working on your completed roof, you should notify your roofing contractor immediately.
Remember that roof damage, if neglected, will only get worse! A neglected roof can cause damage to other possessions -- possibly even structural damage to your home or building.
When to Re-Roof
If your roof is beyond repair or repair costs are excessive (over 25% of what a re-roof would cost) re-roofing is the best solution. Most counties have adopted re-roofing codes to define specific requirements necessary to re-roof a structure. All competent roofing contractors are familiar with and comply with these codes.
When re-roofing, the condition of the roof structure and its supports should be inspected for damage and repaired as needed. Hidden damage or dry rot not discernible at the time of the inspection may result in an additional cost to the owner.
Allow the experts at Sean Lilly Roofing to evaluate your home’s most important structure and explain what your roofing options are.