How to Repair Your Damaged Roof
The roof plays a critical role in shielding a home and its inhabitants from the elements of weather. Whenever the roof gets damaged, it is advisable to fix it. We asked Georgia Roof Pro, the top roofing contractor in Lawrenceville, GA, and they say that in case your roof has a problem, here is how to go about it:
Fix Minor Problems
Always fix minor problems, for example, a loose nail, a missing or loose shingle. Failure to do so would see you confronted with a major repair job or even a complete replacement of your roof. Tackling the minor problems will prevent rainwater from seeping through the opening created by the loose or missing nail, missing or loose shingle and start damaging your roof. Or, if already it was seeping through, you will stop further inflow and, therefore, damage to your roof.
Repair: If you are the do-it-yourself (D-I-Y) fan, you can climb onto your roof and fix it. But if you fear for your security and lack requisite expertise, you would rather call a professional roofer. You or the roofer will fix the nail and replace or fix the shingles.
If you’ve noticed water stains on your home’s ceiling or running down the walls, that would be a sign that you have a leaking roof. Just like a doctor has to diagnose a disease before treating you, you must identify the source or location of the leakage. Your contractor will get onto the roof and even access the attic to locate it. Some of the potential locations of leakages include loose nail, an opening left missing or loose shingle on the roof, ventilation pipes, chimney, areas where equipment such satellite dishes, telephone and electricity cables have been fixed to the roof and joints where various parts of the roof or roofing material meet.
Repair: Leeks in the roof could create a conducive environment for problems for you such as rotted framing and sheathing, damaged ceilings, destroyed insulation, and mold. You can fix minor leakage if you have basic knowledge on roof repair. If, however, the damage to the ceiling, roof deck or wall is extensive or you lack basic knowledge on roof repair, it is advisable you enlist the services of a general contractor to repair that part of your home.
How to Repair a Leaky Roof
You can carry out minima repairs especially if your house has a flat roof, asphalt shingles or flashing.
Flat roof: Clean the leaking areas by dusting off any loose material. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply a primer to the roof to cover both the roof’s damaged and undamaged area around it. Then apply the sticky leaking roof sealing material to cover the primed area (damaged and undamaged). Smooth it by hand and then follow up with a flat-roof roller for it to completely seal the leakage.
Asphalt shingles: If well maintained an asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20 years. Space around the nails as a result of torn or broken shingles can result in leakage. Remove the damaged shingle(s). Slide a fresh shingle into position and fasten it with a roofing nail.
Repair a leak in flashing: Poor installation or failed flashing will cause your roof to leak. Clean any dirt and dust such as old mortar or sealant from the joint. Fix the flashing clips with the help of a screwdriver. Spread the lead sealant along the joint to seal any leakage.
However, if your roof has been damaged by a weather condition such as strong winds, hail storm, a rainstorm or a tornado, then your insurance policy stipulates steps you need to take for the repairs and will determine, for instance, what contractor will be hired and how he/she will handle it.