There are many homeowners that are reluctant to do this home maintenance task on their own. When doing roofing repair yourself it can be straightforward and economical. The first thing that you need to do to find out if you can do this repair yourself is to find the problem you need to repair. Often the cause is improper design or wind damage if your roof is new. To damage your roof winds do not have to reach hurricane strength. When having a storm it is possible to have strong winds or wind gusts that reach over fifty miles per hour, which is strong enough to lift part of your shingles. This wind gust could also pull the adhesive loose from the home or loosen fasteners.
If the roofing repair job is due to improper design it is often not a good idea to do the repair yourself. If you leave the design problem and just fix the roof then the problem will continue to reoccur. Some of the common problems that can happen with improper design include:
- Roof does not have adequate slope
- The support structures are too wide to support the weight of the roof
- Not enough consideration was taken for contraction and expansion in the decking structure
- Not having enough drains, which could allow water to pool on the roof
Any of these design problems will eventually lead to separation of the roofing materials and can cause even bigger problems. This roofing repair job is best left to professionals who specialize in roof repair.
Hail damage roof repair can be due to normal weathering in an older roof. To keep your roof in good condition there is a certain amount of maintenance that is necessary. If you do not do this maintenance, the roofing materials will begin to deteriorate. This can allow dirt and moisture into your home. If you live in an area that has a high level of air pollution from industrial factories or has frequent hailstorms the roofing material will deteriorate quicker. If you live near the ocean, exposure to the salt can also deteriorate the roofing materials.
The process of roofing repair is the same no matter what caused the problems.
The steps to hail damage roof your roof include:
- Remove the damaged area of shingles to see how extensive the damage is under the shingles
- If only the shingles are damaged, you can just replace the shingles over the roofing felt, which is what covers the support or roof deck.
- You may need to remove the felt and repair the decking structure if the damage is so severe that you have moisture in your home
When having your roof repaired, you don’t just want a little patch up job, you want new shingles and, if need be, new dry material including felt or ice guard under those shingles. By placing shingles correctly as well as felt and ice guard under the shingles you can have the best roofing job possible done, a repair that will last a very long time.
When choosing a contractor to repair your roof, be sure to choose one that has a track record of successful as well as fairly priced repairs. Everyone understands that a contractor wants to earn a profit, but there’s no reason they should make an astronomical or unreasonably large profit off of you.
You may want to take a quick look at some of the other roofs or repairs that a particular roofing contractor in your area has done so that you can get a good idea of the quality of work that they do. This will surely help you to decide on which roofing contractor you would like to go with and give you a great idea of the quality of work they do for the price!
When getting a roofing repair done, especially in an emergency situation, you want a roofing repair contractor who’s going to be able to come out fast and get the job done fast for you. When it comes to a roofing repair, there’s no time to wait and the sooner the contractor can get out there and get the job done the better.
When getting ready to have a roofing repair done, ask to see some of the contractors other work and ask exactly what they plan to do, including if they’re planning on putting new felt or ice guard under the new shingles on the repair as this can usually help with the repair and make it last longer!
If you do not feel comfortable climbing on your roof to do roofing repair, call a professional roofing company.