22 September, 2014

Roof Repair

Given enough time, all roofs will need to be replaced, but how do you decide if you need a repair or replacement? Clearly, replacing your roof is a bigger, more costly job, but sometimes a repair is just not enough. Essentially, whether you repair or replace is mostly a matter of timing. You certainly do not want to wait until your roof is in shambles before you replace it, but you also want to get the most out of your existing roof.

Indeed, though a new roof may cost you thousands of dollars, water damage to your home and property can also be extremely costly, so you need to determine whether its condition is suitable for another year. This means you need to be aware of the early signs of leaks and when repairs are the most sensible option, especially in regards to your budget. Finally, you’ll want to discuss your options and an experienced professional roofer.

Your Current Roof

The condition of your current roof is the single largest factor that should influence your decision about whether to get a roof repair or replacement. Ideally, you want to check the condition of your roof on a yearly basis so you can look for signs of damage and determine the extent of the damage. Cracked caulk, rust spots on flashing, damaged shingles, or damage around roofing fixtures may indicate the need for replacement. In addition, there are even internal signs that your roof may need replacement. Dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint in your home or on the underside of roof overhangs, wet spots or water stains on your walls, fireplace, or venting are all signs that your roof is not providing adequate protection.

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Debi Marie meets up with Gerry Chavez, a Product Manager for Henry Roofing products, to guide us through a DIY roof repair at Frank’s house. Frank has a roof. . .

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