Roof Leak Repair
Addressing a roof leak can easily become very complicated. Common sense tells us if you see a water spot that’s where the roof is most likely leaking, but as with anything else it’s not that simple. The first step to diagnosing a roof leak is to determine what type of roof system you have, is it a sloped shingle roof, or sloped slate roof, or do you have a flat asphalt or modified roof system.
We will start with the former, sloped shingle roofs. Keep in mind water will always take the path of least resistance, just because you have water coming in over a certain aria doesn’t necessarily mean that is where your problem is. With a shingle roof you want to look outside for missing or lifted shingles. You also want to look for exposed nails, as nail heads can lift over time allowing water to seep in. With Slates you are looking for cracked, broken, or missing slates. It’s also important with sloped roof systems to check your flashings, and of course always check and clean out your gutters. I found a great article from Family Handy Man magazine on finding and repairing roof leaks on shingle roofed homes. Handyman.com roof leak article
For non-sloped, modified or asphalt roofs. You want to focus your attention on the roof seams and flashings for any signs of a leak. You usually won’t see any roof penetration’s allowing water in on non-sloped roofs because the roof membrane is either torch applied, or glue adhered to the surface so there are no air pockets or space between the membrane and roof decking. Once the leak is located you can use fiberated tape and roof cent to sure up the aria. This article I found on Roofing Coculater.com goes over the process. Flat roof repair
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DIY Roof Replacement Vs Professional Roofing Replacement
The idea behind the savings of DIY Roof Replacement is alluring however the initial savings you receive might not be worth it I the long run. Now if you are an experienced roofing mechanic then I would absolutely recommend it but for the vast majority of us the downfalls you may face far outweigh the benefits. The first thing you need to find out is if the manufacturers grantee covers DIY Installation, as many do not. This is due to the fact that the manufactures have set guidelines for installation and will not honor any warranties if not installed by these set guidelines. In my opinion the safety issues far outweigh any monetary savings you may receive, falling off a roof is no joke, and the recovery time alone will put a huge dent in your savings, speaking from experience it’s no fun. Things may not always be as simple as they appear, there are many pitfalls that seasoned roofers can spot and correct, such as broken rafters and bad roof decking, that will cause additional aggravation and expanse if you don’t know how to correctly fix. Your roof cover and protects all the things you hold dear. Take the time and find a reputable company with the experience and expertise to back up their warranty. Please remember before you DIY any project always put safety first, research the safety guidelines and work within those guidelines.
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Question: How do you know if your contractor is legitimate?
Answer: There are too many companies out there that will take your money and run, be sure to do your homework before choosing a company. Check their license status with Maryland DLL, check their reviews and make sure your dealing with a well-established company.
Questions: Do I need to replace my roof if it starts leaking?
Answer: There are several factors that goes into the answer, if your roof is less than 10 years old and has not been subject to extensive water damage than a leak can be repaired and would be in your best interest. If, however your dealing with an older roof a repair may not be in your best interest. Let a qualified roofer inspect your roof and give you a professional opinion. Check out this article from Home Advisor, How to Find & Fix a leaking roof.
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