Everyone is guilty of a little procrastination, especially when it comes to dealing with complicated (or expensive!) issues. One issue that is better dealt with sooner rather than later is a damaged roof. If the damage is superficial, a simple repair might be all you need to protect your roof from further harm, extending the life of your roof, and saving the money in your pocket.
However, structural problems left ignored might lead to a premature full-replacement of your roof, and damage to the inside of your home or business. Here we’ll identify roof problems, how repairs are done, and how to find the right technician for your roofing issue.
Does Your Roof Need an Inspection?
An important part of preventing major repairs on your roof is knowing the early signs of trouble. While you need to be a licensed roofing expert to get the work done, at least you can protect your home and belongings. Don’t know if your roof is damaged? Here are some things to look out for:
- Missing, cracking, or curling shingles
- Excessive moisture in the attic or other areas of your home
- Stains on the walls or ceilings
- Mold / foul smells
- Sagging in areas due to damage of framing or sheathing
- Puddles of water on the floor
- Increase in energy bill costs
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, make sure to contact a roof repair expert so they can provide an evaluation of the extent of the damage and an estimate for the repair. The sooner you get to this, the higher chance you have of catching a minor problem before it becomes a major one.
What Does a Repair Entail?
Repairing damaged parts of your roof is more cost-effective than a whole structure overhaul. Sometimes all that’s required is replacing clusters of tiles or shingles, and patching small leaks. As long as no heavy damage is done to the insulation, flashing, or membranes, simple repairs are all you need to spare you from whipping out that checkbook.
There are many factors that contribute to the deterioration of your roof. Heavy weather conditions like the harsh sun, heavy rains, hail and snow, or strong winds can lift, crack, or simply destroy your roofing tiles. Age catches up to all of us, even our roofing structure. Over time, older homes develop moss buildup, ice dams or salt corrosion, leading to leaks into the home.
Here are some common fixes a technician will do for you:
- Repair tree damage, if any.
- Replace flashing and worn plumbing pipes.
- Replacing the valley of the roof that causes water to tunnel down and wear out shingles.
- Inspect Chimney, Vents, and Skylights for leaks and repair accordingly.
If you have a good amount of damage but not enough for a full replacement of your roof, consider a ‘roof overlay,’ the happy middle ground that’ll save you money and extend the life of your roof.
Choose the Right Company for the Job
Are you interested in lowering your utility bills and increasing the safety of your home or business? At APC Roofing Services, we specialize in new residential construction roofing, residential re-roofs, commercial roofing, and re-roofs. Our professionals have years of experience with all types of roofing materials, such as asphalt, metal, and concrete tile roofing, as well as custom flashing.
Check out our website for the full range of services we offer or give us a call at (301) 357-8275 to book an appointment with a roofing expert today!