Roofs are often taken for granted, resulting in leaks or structural damage. So, if you haven’t been taking care of your roof lately, or it has been damaged by the weather, you may need some help to figure out just what it needs to look and work properly again.
The First Step: Roof Inspection
Before a roofer can actually do any repairs or even provide you with a quotation for services, they will first need to inspect the roof. The objectives of a roof inspection are to identify the:
- type of roof you have, the roofing materials currently installed and additional or new materials that may be required
- type of damage that needs to be dealt with
- site of damage
- extent of damage
- repairs required
During a full roofing inspection, you can expect the professional roofer to go over every single inch of the roof.
Things to Check During Roof Inspection
Professional roofers are thorough when it comes to performing roof inspections. They need to be able to accurately identify any issue with the roof during inspection to reduce the chances of additional damage.
Some of the common signs that a professional roofer will look for during a roofing inspection are:
- Damaged or warped shingles – These indicate that there could be leaks and structural damage.
- Missing roofing materials – If the roof inspectors find that any roofing material is missing, they will need to dig deeper and identify the extent of the damage to the roofing structure.
- Damaged roofing materials on the roof valley – The roof valley is the “fold” of the roof and is an area that can easily be damaged if the roof is not taken care of properly. This roof valley is one of the areas the roof inspector will focus on to find damage.
- Damaged or missing flashings – Roof flashings often take the brunt of high winds and heavy rains, which is why they can be easily Unfortunately, the damage will also often quickly extend to other parts of the roof.
- Shingle granules in the gutter – One of the areas that the inspector will take a closer look at is your g Shingle granules found in the gutters could be an indication of profuse shedding which typically occurs when your roofing has reached or is nearing the end of its service life.
- Water stains and other signs of leaks – Roof inspectors will also inspect the interior of the home to spot water stains on the walls or ceilings. Such stains are indications of leaks. Water leaks can sometimes be difficult to find because they are rarely located at the exact position of the water stain.
Roof Repair or Replacement: How to Choose
After a professional roof inspection, the roofer will provide a detailed report together with their recommendations. If the damage to the roof is extensive, they could recommend a total or partial roof replacement instead of investing in repairs.
To decide whether to proceed with the repairs or to have the roof replaced, consider the following:
- If your roof was recently installed, it’s likely that the damage is minimal and probably confined to certain locations. This means a few quick and easy repairs will suffice. However, if the roof is aged 20 years or more, then it’s very likely that there has been widespread damage. This means that getting repairs done could cost more than just having the entire roof replaced.
- If the roofing structure has suffered serious damage or looks to have been damaged beyond repair, then there’s simply no point in trying to repair it. The only logical choice would be to have the entire roof replaced.
Getting Roof Repair Right
It requires a lot of skill and expertise to repair a roof properly, and it would be sensible to have a professional roofer perform the repairs. Entrusting such repairs to a neighborhood handyman or taking them on yourself will likely result in incomplete repairs that could lead to further damage.
When searching for a professional roofer, you best bet would be to find someone that operates locally and has the appropriate permits and licenses. Make sure, too, that he or she is adequately covered by reliable insurance products and is endorsed by industry experts, manufacturers and customers alike.
Only when you’re sure that you’ve found yourself a trustworthy and reliable roofing company to work with should you get started on your professional roof repair project.
About the Author
John Zatwarnytsky is the vice president of Homecraft, Inc., one of the leading home contractors and roofers in Delaware. As one of the company’s leaders, John sees to it that everything flows smoothly. He’s passionate about giving the best quality of service, which is made possible by providing top-notch workmanship and customer service. He reaches out to more people by trying to address common roofing and home improvement concerns through his blog.