Leaky roof? Here are a few scenarios of what to do in case you are in need of a roofing repair.
“I only had a few shingles blow off, so I just need that area repaired.”
In some circumstances such as a tree falling and damaging your roof or a leaky pipe boot, a small repair would be ideal. However, if you have one area of your roof where shingles are failing and have blown off, this indicates your roofing system is failing. If one area of your roof is experiencing issues, it usually means the entire roofing system will experience these same issues in other areas. Repairs in these circumstances are usually temporary so it’s good to plan ahead. You could end up spending thousands of dollars repairing area by area only to find out that the entire system needs replaced. A roofing system can fail at any stage due to lack of proper maintenance or poor installation.
“I’ll just put another layer of roofing over the existing shingles.”
It’s not uncommon to find a home with two layers on it. However, when adding another layer of shingles to your home, it’s important to take into consideration the weight of these shingles compromising your structural integrity and the effects it will have on your attic ventilation. Shingles carry a substantial amount of weight and the more layers you add to your roof can potentially cause more damage. If you have inadequate attic airflow, this can cause moisture to build up in the attic creating mold issues.
“I’ll just do it myself.”
DIY is always something to consider, but there are certain projects when a professional should be hired. The first thing to consider is safety. Do you have the proper equipment and safety knowledge to perform roofing repairs? Some of the most fatal falls occur less than 10 feet above the ground so having the experience and proper equipment is crucial. Consider the steepness of your roof before attempting to start the repair. If you are not comfortable or do not have the proper safety harnesses, it’s best to call a roofing professional to perform the repairs. It may seem easier to do the repair yourself, but without the knowledge and experience you may be missing some underlying issues with your roofing system and could possibly be repairing an area that isn’t necessarily the root of the cause.
“I don’t need to pay a lot.”
Have you ever heard the saying, you get what you pay for? Well, there are a few things you should consider before hiring an amateur (or any contractor for that matter). Check to see if they are licensed, bonded and insured. Are you confident they have the proper equipment and knowledge to properly repair the area? If your contractor asks for payment in full upfront, this could be a red flag. It’s typical for a contractor to ask for a deposit, but if your contractor asks for full payment before performing any scope of work, that could be a red flag. Do your research before hiring a roofing contractor. Check their online reputation and read customer reviews. Ask around to neighbors, friends and family who they have used for their roofing needs.
Don’t hesitate to contact a professional roofing contractor. Mark’s Custom Exteriors provides free thorough roof evaluations and estimates. Contact us today – 503-397-2215