There’s no question that preventive maintenance work on your home can save you an immense amount of effort and money later on. It’s better to catch a problem when it can be easily handled than to let it worsen with time. However, your roof may be a different story. When is it appropriate to replace the entire thing, and when can you get by with just a few repairs?
Depending on the extent of damages, you may only need a cosmetic touch up or minor repair instead of a full roof replacement. However, choosing one solution too quickly does you no favors. Before you decide on the type of work your roof needs, it’s important to assess the damage and consult an expert.
Patching Over Minor Damage
Missing shingles can result in damage to the roof itself. Fortunately, homeowners may get lucky and only end up with a minor hole or weak spot in the roof. In this case, you may be tempted to think a quick patch will take care of the problem. This may seem like an easy fix, but you should always let an expert inspect the roof first. The damage may have spread further than it first appears. Additionally, adding patching an old roof in need of repairs with brand new roofing materials may just make the whole situation worse. Never assume a patch will fix the deeper issue.
Replacing Shingles or Tiles
If only a few shingles or tiles are missing, a quick replacement is probably all you need. Once again, however, the true answer depends on the rest of your roof. Does the damage extend into the structure itself? Are the other shingles on the roof buckled or peeling? Shingles are designed to last for decades, so if you notice the other shingles starting to fall apart, that’s a sign of serious damage below the surface.
Additionally, if you see granules from your asphalt shingles showing up on the ground or in your roof’s gutters, that indicates moderate to severe roof damage. Call a roof repair service immediately.
Pro Tip: Replacing only damaged shingles or tiles while ignoring the roof structure itself runs the risk of ignoring subtler problems. Always have the roof inspected too.
A Whole New Roof
Finally, there will be times when you can’t get away with mere repairs and have to settle for an entirely new roof. If your roof has recently suffered severe storm or water damage, the materials are deteriorating, or your home is simply old and in need of renovations, you’ll find yourself having a new roof installed. Your roofing contractor will help you determine the exact extent of necessary work.
Determining the Best Course of Action
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against wind, rain, hail, and more. Even minor damages can be catastrophic if left untreated. Before you decide on whether to replace or repair your roof, make sure to consult with an expert on the best decision to prevent your house from sustaining further damage.
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While weatherproofing your roof and home can drastically decrease the damage caused by a storm, no protective measure is perfect. Particularly nasty storms can still cause some damage to your roof. This hurricane season, we can expect severe thunderstorms that could give you trouble. After a storm passes, make sure to inspect your roof for any damage that requires an immediate fix.
Catching roof damage in its early stages prevents the problem from spreading and costing you more in repairs later on. Even if you’re fairly confident your roof can withstand a storm, perform a brief inspection after a particularly nasty bout with wind and rain. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Even if you can’t see any uncovered spots on your roof, a water stain on the inside will tell you there’s a leak. Water spreads quickly and can cause expensive damages, so the sooner you can catch a water stain, the better. Check the inside of your roof for dark, warped, or damp spots.
Pro Tip: If you find mold growing inside your roof, you’ve likely had a water leak for a while. It’s time to call for emergency repairs.
Houston doesn’t get hail often, but it definitely leaves an impression. After a hailstorm, look for dents or fractures on your roof that could let in water. Check the inside for water stains as well even if nothing seems immediately obvious. Hail is not a force of nature to be reckoned with. Make sure it doesn’t destroy your roof.
Cracked, Missing, or Curling Shingles
Asphalt shingles do a remarkable job repelling water as long as they’re in place. If wind or falling debris dislodge your shingles, water can get in through your roof and damage your home. Shingles can also curl in the hot sun if they aren’t nailed down properly, providing more entryways for rain. Always check after a storm and note any shingles that are missing or appear to be broken. An emergency repair service will provide you with a temporary leak cover while they work on a long-term solution.
Inspecting for Roof Damage
As you assess the state of your roof after a storm, remember that you will likely not catch everything. Call a professional roofing company for a roof inspection and assessment of the damage. Once you have a better idea of what happened and how much damage occurred, you can make plans to repair your roof.
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When was the last time you had your roof inspected? Even if everything looks good to you, there could be damage or deterioration under the surface that a cursory glance won’t reveal. Every so often, it’s important to have a professional check out your roof and update you on any potential work needed.
Don’t underestimate the importance of roof inspections. Even if you can’t see any damage and nothing major has happened to cause any, roof maintenance is still key to a long-lasting home. Aside from natural wear and tear, consider scheduling a roof inspection if any of these circumstances apply to you.
Major Weather Events
High winds, heavy rain, or hail can give your roof a beating. Even if your roof looks intact after a severe thunderstorm, you may still need some emergency storm repair. Let a professional decide how bad the damage is.
Pro Tip: While severe weather can damage your roof quickly, normal rain and sun can still take a few years off your roof’s lifespan. Don’t assume you’re safe just because a thunderstorm missed you.
Think of a periodic roof inspection like a wellness visit to your doctor. There may not be any outstanding problems, but a check-up can catch bad conditions before they become severe. Routine maintenance and inspections will provide the proper maintenance your roof requires, keeping it in good shape for years to come. Inspectors will easily catch and inform you of any necessary work so they can fix the problem before it becomes a disaster.
Those dark streaks on your roof are most than just annoyances. Mold and algae on your roof, especially on shingles, can eat away at the protective coating and make your home vulnerable to leaks. Thankfully, a roof inspector can catch the problem in its infancy and help you schedule a professional cleaning to keep the mold from spreading.
Finally, a well-maintained roof just looks pleasing, particularly if you’re looking to rent or sell your home. Your roofing professionals can keep your home looking nice. Stand out from the crowd with a clean, fully repaired roof!
Avoid Roofing Problems
Even if your roof looks perfect right now, it may require some leak repair or reinforcements that you can’t easily spot. Let a professional roofing contractor take care of the inspection for you and discuss any problems to keep an eye on. Not only will this keep your roof in good condition, but it will also decrease any future roof repairs you need and save you money!
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