Whether you have a newer roof or an older roof, there's a good chance it will occasionally need repairs before it eventually needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, many homeowners don't stop to think about the state their roof is in until there is a major problem. Here is a look at two situations where your roof may need attention.
You Have Had A Recent Severe Storm
Summer thunderstorms can be brutal. Your roof can be subjected to high winds, torrential downpours, lightning, and even hail. You may also end up with broken tree branches on your roof. These can all damage your shingles or even completely rip your shingles off, leaving the decking exposed. If the decking is exposed, it will eventually begin to rot, which in turn will allow critters and insects a way in.
It's Been A Long, Snowy Winter
If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, it takes a toll on your roof. People who live in snowbelts often receive the heavy, wet snow rather than the light and powdery snow. While homes in snowbelts are usually built to withstand the heavier loads, even they can reach their limit. Homes in areas that don't routinely receive a lot of snow aren't built to withstand freak snowstorms. Ice storms are even more dangerous as the ice weighs more, making a roof collapse a very real concern, especially on an old house or a home that hasn't been maintained.
At the end of winter and by the time the temperatures finally start being consistently above freezing, it's not uncommon to have two or three feet of snow on the roof in the snowbelts. When it starts to melt and the spring sleet and rain come, the snow gets even heavier before it suddenly comes crashing down in giant chunks. The force and weight of these icy blocks can rip the gutters right off the house, sometimes taking shingles with it.
If the gutters aren't dragged with it, they still become loose. They may also be filled with snow and ice, which means as the snow on the roof melts, the gutters can't carry it away from the home's roof or foundation, which can lead to damage both to the roof edges and the underlayment as well as the foundation.
What Should A Homeowner Do?
After any major weather event as well as once spring arrives, your roof should be inspected by a professional for any damage that needs to be repaired. They should also be contacted if the snow load is becoming too heavy. While a handy DIY homeowner can take care of minor repairs, most people are not comfortable climbing a ladder and getting up on a roof, so it's a job best left to professional roofing repair services.Share
23 August 2018
Has your home recently began to leak? Perhaps, you had to put a bucket under a leak in your kitchen the last time it rained at your house. If you can relate to this uncomfortable situation, consider talking with a professional roofer in your part of the country. An experienced roofer can examine your roof. Once this individual ascertains the state of your roof, he or she might recommend you repair it or replace it. If you decide to replace your existing roof, you’ll need to figure out if you want your roofer to install something similar to what you currently have or put up something drastically different. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most popular types of roofs roofers install on homes today. Enjoy!