With the harsh realities of global warming and our changing climates, damaged and leaking roofs are more common than not. However, wanting them repaired as soon as possible and repaired at a certain standard often leaves you in a difficult position. Here are some basic dos and don’ts associated with residential roof repairs to help you make the best decisions for the roof over your head.
Do Consider Multiple Material Options for Residential Roof Repairs
There are so many kinds of roofing material now that you don’t have to replace your existing material with the same type. Consider wind and fire ratings and match them to your climate, as well as aesthetics to add to your home’s curb appeal. Discuss the various options with your contracting company and let them advise you on the best material for your district and budget.
Don’t Forget About the Underlying Roofing Felt and Underlayment
If you find on inspection of your roof that all your roof tile or shingles are intact, consider a fault in the roofing felt. The roofing felt is the base material of any roof system and the underlayment whether it is 90LB. felt, modified bitumen or any other code approved material. It provides some insulation and of course, water protection. Some roofing felts become damaged over time and allow water to seep through a cracked roof tile, missing shingle or other area, to eventually drip into your home. Consider repairing the underlayment to prevent further damage to your home.
Do Find the Source of the Leak
A common practice when repairing roof leaks is to check and repair the area just above the leak. But the actual source of the leak may be somewhere else. When you have a leak, check the entire roof surface, look in your attic for wet spots on the wood decking or wet insulation, check your plumbing lines which may be faulty and causing a leak, check areas for ponding water. Remember, leaks may not be visible from the surface and water drainage or collection at one point can result in a leak at another point.
Don’t Ignore Flashings or Exposed Areas
Areas around skylights, chimneys, valleys or any exposed area of your roof should be inspected for proper installation and flashings to assure that there is no water seeping underneath and undetected that could cause damage inside your home if not addressed and repaired correctly.
Do Choose a Professional Residential Roof Repair Contractor
Professionals, like those at AABCO Roofing and Contracting, come with skill sets and experience that allow them to guarantee quick, quality repairs to your roof. Although hiring a professional may seem like an unnecessary expense, their expertise can save you money in the long run. Any building or contractual work comes with the added complexities of building codes and residential housing laws. Licensed contractors are familiar with the regulations in your area and will abide by them, repairing and keeping your roof up to code.
Don’t Let Cost Be the Only Factor
Although hiring the cheapest contractor may be tempting, ensuring that you are receiving the best possible service for your money should be your driving factor. Research the list of potential repair companies. Make sure that the company you hire has up-to-date documents and business license, contracting license, and proof of insurance. Do a quick sweep of well-known service review sites to see if there are any recent complaints or incidences involving the potential contracting companies. Insist on a detailed quote inclusive of start/end dates, materials, time, and labor costs.
AABCO Roofing & Contracting has been a licensed, full-service roofing company since 1988. With AABCO, you will be dealing with dedicated, experienced teams who give their best on every job. If you have any questions about roofing or contracting, don’t hesitate to contact us today