After heavy rain or snow and especially after violent windstorms it is essential that your roof is properly mended for any of the damage caused by the elements. While there are some cases where the damages may be small and easily addressed by the average DIY enthusiast with proper equipment, often time it is best to leave these damages to be mended by a professional roofing contractor.
First of all, a roofing contractor will have the experience and insights to ensure that your roof is left in the best conditions possible and not likely to cause issues again. The second advantage of an expert roofing contractor is their willingness and experience in climbing around the roofing structures without falling off. Some roofs are more tricky and difficult to address than others and only a professional repair service will return your roof to their original formidable protection.
Following is an overview of the roof repair process you can expect from your average roofing professionals and your typical roof damage.
If you own the home you have a vested interest in the conditions of your roof and you should take it upon yourself to be fully aware of its conditions. One of the best ways to do this is to conduct a regular inspection of your roof. Break out the bird watching binoculars and find a good vantage point where you can scan the roof’s exterior. Then head on to the inside and examine the interior roof in the attic. Scan for evidence of moisture in the wood or insulation. What you see in your regular inspections will help you to identify the roofing issues as they arise.
2: Professional Inspections
After you have called your roofing contractor for roof repairs, they will show up on-site to perform their own inspections of the damages and conditions of the roof. This is a good opportunity for you to compare the notes you have produced from your own inspections with the findings of your roofing professionals.
There may be points where water is dripping in from the middles of the ceiling, this could be caused by damaged shingles or flashing. Flooded gutters and debris was strewn across the roof can also be a problem that results in a leaky roof.
3: Cleaning and Repairs
Once the problem has been identified, it will be time to choose the best solution. If your roof is older and the damage is serious, a partial roof replacement now will not negate the need for a total roof replacement soon, and just having the whole thing done might be the cheapest option.
If the damage is minor, you roofing contractor will describe for you the issue and the proper repair work required. First, all damaged sections will need to be removed and cleaned properly. Damaged wood must be replaced and the area being addressed must be allowed to dry thoroughly before a suitable remedy can be applied.
4: Time frame
Roofing repair work is always done as fast as possible to minimize the chances of getting caught in more bad weather. Even if this does happen, your roof contractor may have some options to prevent water from entering through the repair zone. The type of roof and the extent of the damage will be the primary factors that decide how long the entire process should take.