Roofing Repair Contractors - Top Roofing Repair Tips
Discovery a leaking roof in your home can be quite upsetting. Your roof should be protecting the inside of your house and keeping it water-tight. It is one of the most important things on your exterior to protect you from rain, snow, sleet, and hail. Many people go into panic mode when they notice their roof leaking and damaging their interior.
Chances are when you find out your roof is leaking it is raining or there is snow on your roof. No one in their right mind is going to go up there then and try to do an emergency roof repair. It’s a dangerous place to be when wet. Slipping off the roof can happen too easily.
Before you call a roofing contractor to do repairs look carefully at where the leak is to determine what might be the cause. If your roof is sloped the source of the leak may be higher up than where the actual water is coming in. Try to determine where it might be coming from so you can accurately tell the contractor what type of roof repair you need.
Chimneys are a Common Source of Leaks
Chimneys are a frequent place for leaks. The metal flashing around the chimney may have become loose. Roof cement often separates from chimneys during extreme weather and temperature changes.
Leaking Roof Vents
Roof vents are another easy area for water to seep into your home. Your roof probably has several vents. You could have vents to let the hot air out of your attic. There are usually plumbing vents too from the bathroom. Sometimes there are dryer vents. All these vents are normally sealed with flashing and/or roof cement. Many emergency roof repairs are done around vents.
Anytime there is something coming out of your roof it is a prime candidate for a leak in your roof. Your roofing material may still be in good shape. It’s these openings in your roof that can cause problems. Having to reseal them is quite common.
Call a Professional Roofing Contractor
Trying to do an emergency roof repair yourself is not as easy as it may sound. If you think you can just go up there and slap some roof cement on – you’re wrong! Just like most things there is a right and wrong way to do it. Even the smallest gap left can let water in. If the cement is applied incorrectly it may cause water to form small pools of water that will enter your home.
Emergency roof repairs are better left to a professional. Besides the risk of falling off your roof it is not a job easily accomplished by an amateur. Don’t panic – but also don’t think a do-it-yourself job will do the trick.
Can Roofing Be Done in the Winter?
Shingle roof repair must be one of the easiest types of roofing to work on. Whether you are thinking on doing it yourself, or maybe hiring a contractor to do it for you, you should take time to learn how it is done. Here in this article, we will talk about the basics so you can become familiar with this form of covering houses.
Since long ago people have been laying pieces of similar materials on their roofs to keep the rain out. Today in Western society that material has become the asphalt shingle. If you wondered why it is done in the Spring, it is because of the warmer weather. Warmth makes the asphalt more pliable and easier to handle. If you have a leak, you should go into the attic on a rainy day and locate it from there. If this is not possible, look from a distance at your roof with a pair of binoculars to see loose or missing shingles. If there are small holes or cracks, they can be repaired with roofer's cement. If you have some shingles that are only slightly bent, you can use some asphalt cement and a nail. Make sure the shingles are warm before you try to bend them.
If you do have too many shingles that need replacing, you should start replacing them one row above the area that is damaged. You can dislodge the nails with a flat shovel. Continue until the damaged shingle is showing and then remove it. Your replacement shingle should be cut to fit. If you need two to make it fit with the sequence of shingles, now is the time to do it. Slip the new shingle into the place of the old one you took out. Try to use the old nail-holes. If you can not do this, seal the old holes with sealant before you attach this new shingle. Now, put roofer's cement over the nails, press the shingle down on the roof to seal the adhesive to the roof and you can now replace the row you previously took off to get to the problem area.
There are other types of shingle roof repair, such as wood shingles. They are not similar to the asphalt and are not all that common. There is also the slate shingle which is even less common and will usually require a professional to replace more than a few damaged shingles. The work can be hard at first for every version, but as long as a small enough area is damaged, the owner may be able to repair it themselves and save money and perhaps time also.
Can Roofing Be Done in the Winter?
Unlicensed contractors are the reason someone came up with the old saying "there is a high price to the low bid." Hiring an unlicensed contractor usually results in problems. Steer clear of hiring these individuals and the chances of problems on the job are reduced. Importantly, unlicensed contractors are invariably the low bidder primarily because they don't pay for insurance, they don't pay taxes, and they cut every corner that they can find. Moreover, they typically don't have the experience and knowledge to be considered worthy of license, or worse, they have lost their license due to non-compliance with the existing laws.
An uninsured contractor can cause serious problems for consumers if a project goes haywire, an employee or worker gets injured on the job, or the contractor flees the job before finishing. Property damage due the defective installation of materials is typically a covered claim under a commercial general liability policy. If a project gets completed and subsequently leaks and property damage arise there will be no insurance coverage. The consumer is stuck going after the unlicensed individual who is usually judgment proof.
Similarly, if an employee or worker of the unlicensed contractor gets injured on the job the homeowner policy will sometimes pick up the coverage and the homeowner will be have the unintended consequences of increased premiums and possibly other civil penalties from a lawsuit by the injured individual. California has a very drastic remedy for consumers who hire unlicensed contractors. That is unlicensed contractors are required to disgorge all monies paid to consumers pursuant to Business and Professions Code 7031(b), even if the consumer knew the contractor was unlicensed.
The Bottom Line
Please check out your contractor prior to hiring. It could be very simple telephone calls, checking online licensing websites, or asking for referrals. The time you spend being diligent can save you thousands down the road.