Residential Roofing Services You Might Need For A Roof Leak

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Residential Roofing Services You Might Need For A Roof Leak

A roof leak can cause a lot of damage to your home that's expensive to repair. That's why it's good to repair a leak as soon as possible rather than put off getting repairs or a roof replacement. The first step is to find where the roof leak is located, and then the extent of the damage can be evaluated. Here's a look at some residential roofing services you may need when your roof is leaking. 

Leak Detection Service

Finding a roof leak isn't always easy. Plus, there could be more than one leak, and that confuses the issue. A roofing contractor can track down the damaged area of your roof that is allowing rain to get inside your home. The damaged area may be some distance away from where the actual leak is located since water may roll along the roof before it leaks in your attic.

They'll also find as many leaks as possible so your leaky roof will be fixed for good. Of course, if your roof is severely damaged, the roofer may recommend replacing it instead. Likely places to find roof leaks are around flashing, in roof valleys, along the chimney, and in areas that have damaged shingles.

Damage Assessment

The roofing contractor will also determine the type and amount of damage that needs to be repaired. The roofer will probably check the inside of your attic when looking for leaks, and this allows them to point out damaged rafters, decking, and insulation. The roofer may also look around the inside of your house for ceiling and wall damage.

The roofing contractor also spends time on the roof checking the condition of the shingles and decking. This information allows the roofer to determine if your roof can be repaired or if it has to be replaced. The information also lets you know if you need to call in other contractors to repair the inside of your home and attic.

Roof Repairs

One of the most common residential roofing services is roof repair, and the repairs come in many forms. The roofing contractor may only need to replace a few shingles or flashing if the damage is minor. If damage is more severe, the roofer may need to replace some parts of the deck or repair some roof rafters. Even though the repairs might be extensive, the cost could be much less than having a new roof put on.

Roof Replacement

If your roof is leaking because the shingles are old, the roofing contractor might suggest having a new roof put on rather than sink money into roof repairs. If the old roof is damaged, it will probably need to come off before the new roof is put on.

If the deck is in good shape and the shingle damage isn't too severe, the roofer might be okay with adding new roofing on top of the old roof. However, it's important to ensure your old roof is in good enough shape and that there is only one layer of roofing before the second layer of shingles is added.

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Roofing the Day Away Can you imagine hammering away at shingles from dawn until dusk? If this sounds like fun, then you may have a future in the roofing industry. If this does not sound fun at all, then you're going to be someone who calls a roofing company and leave the work to the professionals. There's nothing wrong with that. Roofing is hard and dangerous; it's definitely not for everyone. In fact, we don't climb up on the roof ourselves. We do, however, write about roofing on this blog. We consider that to be a small service we can do for homeowners who are interested in roofing and want to know more.