Is the Roof of Your Home or Business Damaged? It Might be Able to be Repaired!
A storm has blown through the Indianapolis area and now you think your building’s roof is damaged. Or, maybe you noticed some unusual leaking into the building’s attic or ceilings. You know that something is wrong on the roof, but the last thing that you want to have to do right now is to cover the expense of having to replace the entire thing.
Fortunately, it is often possible for a professional roofer to repair the damaged spots so the structure has the protection it needs and you don’t have to spend as much as it would cost to replace the roof. The first thing you need to do when you think something is amiss with the roof is to have a professional inspect the roof so you know what repairing it entails.
How Do You Know if a Repair is Possible?
The extent and type of damage to the roof will determine whether a repair is possible or if the entire roof will have to be replaced. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the larger the damaged area, the more likely a replacement will be necessary. Additionally, if there is anything that is causing the beams or boards to rot or weaken, a repair might not be possible.
One instance in which it is usually possible to just repair the roof is when storm damage is limited to only some shingles being blown off. In this case, roofers can usually just replace the damaged or missing shingles so that the roof provides appropriate protection for the rest of the structure.
Roofs that are older might need to be replaced instead of repaired if there is balding on the shingles. Without the rough granules on the top of the shingle, they are left unprotected from sunlight. They can become brittle or curl, both of which signal that a repair might not be possible.
Sometimes, a repair isn’t possible because it will add too many layers of shingles to the roof. If the existing roof has two layers of shingles, those must be removed before a new layer is put on. While this won’t impact small areas of damage that need to be repaired, it can mean that larger jobs will require a replacement instead of a repair.
What Happens if Other Structures are the Problem?
Leaking roofs aren’t always caused by problems with the shingles. The flashing that is located around chimneys, skylights, vents and other areas of the roof can fail. The sole purpose of flashing is to divert rain and water from the roof so that it doesn’t leak into the building. When it rusts or is damaged, it is often possible to replace the flashing or to repair it. This typically won’t require that the roof is replaced.
Gutters and downspouts will sometimes fail, which can lead to leaks in the home. They may become full of debris. In most cases, these problems can be addressed quickly. Once they are fixed, you should have the roof inspected to ensure that the initial problem or work done to fix the issue didn’t cause a problem with the space of roof around it.
Some leaks can come from something penetrating the shingles and underlayment. This might be a branch from a tree that falls in a storm or a similar object. In order to fix these leaks, the damaged area must be found. Fixing this problem can be as simple as sealing the hole and replacing the impacted shingles of the roof.
When any leak occurs in a roof, an inspection of the underlying wooden components is necessary. Oftentimes, it is better to replace the roof, or at least part of it, than repair it if these have gotten wet. Wood that gets wet and remains damp can be a source of mold in the building, and the wood can become weaker.
How Can You Get an Estimate?
If you are concerned that the roof needs to be repaired or replaced, we can set up an appointment with you to inspect it and give you an estimate for the repair. Working with our professional roofers gives you the peace of mind in knowing that the job will be completed in accordance with local building codes.
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