Your roof plays an important part of protecting your property, both residential and commercial. Scheduling a professional roof inspection or performing your own preliminary visual inspection is the first step, and making minor repairs now can save you money later.
Repairing Your Roof
If your preliminary inspection reveals a few missing shingles, gaps around the vents on the roof or other signs of damage, you may be left wondering, “Is it really something I should worry about now? I have a lot of other expenses.” The reality is, yes. If left unrepaired, these flaws can leave your roof susceptible to more damage during high winds and heavy rains.
Prolonged water exposure can damage the wood decking. During heavy rains, water can leak inside the attic. Enough water will soak through insulation and could ultimately cause the ceiling to collapse or mold to grow undetected.
Act now to avoid turning what would have
been an affordable repair job into a major cleanup effort.
Whether you live in a hail prone area or just somewhere vulnerable to heavy rainstorms, the steps you take to repair your roof now could potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs to the interior of your home and the roof.
Ready to Make Repairs?
If your roof cover is in good condition and only minor repairs are needed, keep the following steps in mind. You can expect to spend a few hundred dollars at most. However, if it’s time to re-roof the cost will go up, and re-roofing the right way to avoid damage is important.
- If the inspection revealed water damage to the sheathing. Replace it and take this opportunity to check the condition of the wood framing underneath the sheathing.
- If shingles are in good condition but not well secured, apply roofing cement near the edges and in the middle of the shingle.
- If there are gaps around vents or other roof penetrations, re-apply sealant wherever gaps and holes are present. Make sure the sealant is waterproof.
- If any flashing is loose, secure it. Flashing is a thin metal strip that keeps water out of spaces where different building surfaces meet.
- While you’re making improvements check the attachment of the soffits that run around the edge of your roof. Many homes damaged in a recent hail storms had major water damage due to loose or detached soffits. It’s common for soffits to be attached only by staples.
Minor roof repair should be simple, easy, and affordable. Unfortunately, too many contractors make it challenging and difficult, and expensive; they charge you per hour for a job it took them too long to do. At Watson’s Roofing and Construction, we are a professional roofing contractor that offers service on all minor roofing repairs and a customer-centered business that focuses on your needs first.
Commitment to customer service as a priority — that’s the Watson’s standard. When you are in need of a minor roof repair, we offer you fast, affordable, and professional service on all minor roof damage. No one likes to be rained on, and everyone knows that minor roof damage can quickly lead to major roof damage if not addressed. You shouldn’t have to wait or pay exorbitant rates for a professional roofing company to address your minor repair.
After you’ve inspected the roof and made minor repairs, don’t let all that hard work be in vain. It’s now time to put together a maintenance plan. Implementing a routine maintenance plan can help ensure your roof can better withstand severe weather. Then, when it is time to re-roof, turn to Watson’s Roofing & Construction, LLC.
How to Maintain Your Roof
- Clear off debris and clutter. Dead leaves and other matter collected on the roof retain moisture which can accelerate the roof’s deterioration.
- Retard the growth of mosses and mold by applying a preservative on the roof. This action may help limit the effects of moisture-related weather.
- Clean gutters and downspouts regularly to ensure water is properly draining. Full gutters will not allow the rain or melting snow to flow properly and could lead to water getting into the attic.
- Make sure downspouts slope away from the house and carry water at least five feet away from the foundation.
- Trim tree branches back at least 5 foot away. Regularly clear branches from the roof and around the chimney.