Residential Roof Repair

When it comes to residential roof repair, how can you tell whether you should repair or replace a roof? It is not a decision that you should make on your own. Instead, have a licensed contractor inspect your roofing and explain your options to you. Getting an annual roofing inspection can even save you from repair and/or major roof replacement cost.

“In many cases, repairing your existing roof is the best option. In the rest of the cases, you will have to spend the additional costs of installing a new roof.”

Residential Roof Repair: Inspecting The Roof Yourself

The most important step to do before attempting to fix your roofing is to have it thoroughly inspected. This is the only way you will know whether to repair or replace. Oftentimes, the problem will be small, like with missing shingles or poorly installed flashing. Start by taking a quick look around by yourself if you want to, but make sure you know what you are looking for, and know when to bring in professional help.

Start By Inspecting Shingles Or Tiles First
When you are inspecting your roofing you need to know where to look for problems, or else you may completely miss what is you need to do to fix the problem. Start by inspecting your shingles, panels or tiles, which may come dislodged and go missing over time. You might also have mold or fungus growing on your shingles, which can cause larger problems beneath the surface. And if your shingles, panels or tiles are old and crumbling, you should probably plan on replacing your roof pretty soon.

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Inspect The Flashing
You should also pay attention to the flashing around all the different parts, including chimneys, vents, and skylights. If the flashings become loose or were improperly installed, this could be the source of your problems.

Residential Roof Repair: Call In A Professional For A Better Inspection

The job isn’t done once you have looked at the outside of the roofing. If you are doing a thorough inspection, the interior needs to be looked at as well. Assessing the structural integrity of the inside of your roof is not something that you can easily do yourself. If you think that there could be any major problem with the structure and supports of the roof, have a professional take a look at it.

Inspect From The Inside
There is a major difference between simply installing new shingles and completely replacing your roofing. If you think the problem is just with the shingles, you may miss important structural problems that could cause major problems further on down the road. If there are horrible problems, your roofing could even collapse under the weight of snow during winter.

Inspecting from the inside also allows you to look for evidence of current or previous problems. Looking for water stains and wet wood in your attic early on can prevent you from finding about a roof leak by having water drip through the ceilings of your upstairs rooms.

Residential Roof Repair: Do It Yourself

Unless you have a strong background in construction and roofing, you don’t want to attempt major repairs yourself. You don’t want to risk compromising the structure and making it so your roofing might collapse in the future. But you can do many small repairs on your own.

DIY Projects
Here are some of the problems you can fix yourself. You can re-caulk the seams of your roofing, around the flashings, where problems will typically occur. You can also replace broken or missing shingles. But any major damage you should not try to fix yourself.

You should call roofing contractors whenever the problem is severe. For example, if a tree branch falls through your roofing, you do not even want to attempt to fix the problem on your own. You wouldn’t be able to tell if your roof was structurally sound or not. If you have any doubts about whether or not you can fix your roofing on your own, at least call a professional for a consultation and an estimate. You are better off safe than sorry, especially when it comes to something as important as your home.