What Are Some Roof Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know?

Keeping your roof in the best possible condition is an effective way to protect both your home and your family. Your roof serves as the primary line of defense against the elements and potentially damaged pieces of debris. Failing to maintain your roof can lead to a lack of sufficient protection. Here are some tips for roof repair every homeowner should know.

How To Identify Roof Problems

It is always better to prevent problems before they have a chance to occur. Conduct a full visual check of your roof each season. A professional should inspect your roof at least once per year. This will give you the opportunity to detect issues like water damage, splitting, cupping, etc., before they can turn significant.

How To Fix a Leaking Roof

One of the most common roof problems you will encounter as a homeowner is a leaky roof. When your roof starts leaking, you need to identify whether it can be repaired or if the roof needs to be replaced. Here are the options you have available to you.

  • If your roof only has a couple of weak areas, the damage is likely to have occurred from a significant windstorm or a falling branch. In these instances, permanent repairs are necessary, but it usually will not require a full replacement.
  • If the roof shows signs of general deterioration, repairs will only temporarily remedy the situation. More leaks will appear sooner rather than later. Therefore, it is time to start planning for the reroofing of your home.
  • If reroofing can occur soon (within a month or two), use plastic sheets or plywood to cover the weak areas until the project can begin.
  • If reroofing is not a foreseeable future event, conduct permanent repairs like replacing the damaged shingles.

When To Repair or Replace

As a general rule, as long as you are dealing with minor issues like a small leak, some loose shingles, etc., you can handle the repair yourself and not need to worry about replacing the roof. At some point, though, your roof will need to be replaced. How do you know whether you should repair or replace it?

Repairs Work When:

  • There is minor damage or small areas of damage.
  • Your roof was installed recently and is under warranty.
  • Your roof is in compliance with current codes.
  • The repairs will ensure the roof functions properly for several years.
  • You simply lack the financial budget for a brand-new roof.

Reroofing Is Needed When:

  • There is significant damage to the roof, or a large portion of the shingles is missing/damaged.
  • A brand-new roof could improve the property’s curb appeal.
  • Your roof shows signs of significant wear and tear and/or is old.
  • Your roof is failing to comply with current regulations.
  • The necessary repairs will not be cost-effective and long-lasting.
  • You have the financial budget to reroof.

When To Call a Professional

While homeowners want to do as many do-it-yourself projects as they can to save money, the truth of the matter is there will come a time when a professional needs to be called. Small projects are great for DIY homeowners, but when the damage or problem is beyond the expertise and capability of the homeowner, it is time to contact a professional.

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