FAQs About Roof Repair
Thursday, April 13, 2017
It always pays to know something before you need to know it. This is true in the case of roof damages, especially because it’s often an emergency situation by the time you need roof repairs and then you’ve no time for anything but stopping the roof leak.
Are you looking for information about roof repairs? Are you wondering about leaks and other roof problems, or perhaps whether or not you need to replace the roof? For answers to these questions and more, the expert Fayetteville roofing contractors at Brown Boys Roofing have put together some information for you. Here are some common questions homeowners ask us about roof repairs.
Q: How can a Fayetteville homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?
A: All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. A professional roof inspection will tell you what roof repairs to make by cuncovering cracked, warped or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, stains on walls and ceilings, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
Q: My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
A: Not necessarily. Leaks can result due to flashing that has come loose. Also, often only a section of the roof system has been damaged. A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation or choice of materials or the roof system installation is inappropriate for the home or building.
Q: Can I repair the roof myself?
A: We don’t recommend repairing the roof yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris.
If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet and make sure you have a person holding the ladder for you just in case. In one case told to us by a colleague, the man had to lay for hours with a broken leg after a fall before his wife found him. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder and off the roof system if possible.
Q: How long can I expect my roof system to last?
A: Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roof system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal roofing systems can last longer.
Actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application and adequate roof maintenance.
Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.
Q: What will a new roof system cost?
A: The price of a new roof system varies widely depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building, location of the home or building, local labor rates and time of year. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.
For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality work.