There’s no denying that your roof is in need of some attention, but what should you do? Knowing what roofing jobs are available to you might help you decide.
Roof repair is designed to address an immediate roof concern before it has the chance to develop into a bigger problem. Roof repair is often synonymous with “leak repair” because a roof leak is the most common warning sign that you have an incipient, developing problem with your roof.
One of the most important reasons for contracting for roof repair as soon as a problem starts to develop is that the location of a leak in a particular area of your home doesn’t necessarily correspond to the actual location of the problem. You could address the issue of the leaky roof without actually dealing with the ultimate source of the problem. Unless, and until, you have a professional take a look at the problem, you risk having the issue become a much larger (and expensive!) one.
In many instances, damage only occurs on a small portion of a roof. Instead of a complete re-roof then, roof restoration can be used to address the problem in the affected area and restore the rest of the roof to good working condition. It’s best for aged but sound roofs, delaying the need for a replacement for years.
As it is essentially intended to keep a roof from deteriorating, heading off potential problems before they start, roof restoration can also be referred to as roof maintenance. Over time, regular roof maintenance has proved to be the most cost-effective way to extend the life of your roof and get the most value out of it.
The best way to maintain your roof’s functional state is to have a maintenance plan. If you’re unsure how to draw up such, you can consult with a certified roofing contractor for help. What’s important is that your maintenance plan is regularly carried out and includes tasks that specifically address your roof’s needs.
Sometimes there’s just no way to fix a roof other than by replacing it entirely. While extensive damage to your roof can be caused by certain external factors, such as extreme weather, roof replacement can also be necessitated by the fact that your roof has just simply outlived its usefulness. In either case, damage or age can and will result in a safety issue for those living under the roof. If the situation is such that roof replacement is warranted, then the roof should be replaced in its entirety as soon as can be arranged.
In repairing or replacing your roof, the services of a professional roofing contractor is important. More on this in Part 2!