Repair Your Roof Safely
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. It protects the entire structure of your home from the elements. Without your roof, you will not be warm and cosy inside your home when there is a storm outside. Aside from protection, the roof also adds beauty to the house. It is important that the roof of your home is well maintained. Without regular maintenance, it will start to deteriorate. Once it starts to deteriorate, it will no longer be able to give your home the protection that it needs. Rain may begin to seep in and damage other parts of the house.
Bad installation. If your previous roofing company did a poor job installing your roof, you might be suffering the consequences of that shoddy workmanship. Having another company come in to check out the work and possibly do some repair work is probably the best way to solve this particular problem.
So how do you know which roof repairs companies are truly the best? Take the time to do your research, and pay special attention to the factors listed below.
Unfortunately, few roofs will last for the life of your home. Many may only fail in limited areas due to age and sun exposure though. This is frequently found on south facing roof surfaces, where the sun is more direct all year long. You’ll most likely notice this type of wear by curling shingle edges, cracked wooden shingles, or tiles that appear washed out. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you may also notice that there are large quantities of granules from the surface of the roof in your gutters and downspouts. All of these suggest that you may need repairs to your roof.
Torn, broken, or rotten shingles should be replaced. Start by lifting the edges of the old shingle and removing nails with a nail puller or pry bar. Slide the shingle free and be careful to remove any dried on roof cement. If your shingles have been blown off in a storm, you will still need to remove remaining nails. Next, you can slide the new shingle under the remaining shingles and align it according to the surrounding shingles. You will need to fasten then new shingle with galvanized roofing nails at each of the top corners of the shingle. Next, cover nail heads with Katy roofing cement and then cover the top of the shingle with the overlapping, original shingles. You can use a bit more roof cement to attach the old shingles to the new one.
The best thing you can do when looking for a company to do roofing repairs is make sure that you check them out. Ask for references, research them on the internet and even drive by some of the homes that they have worked on if possible. You want to make sure that they can do what they say they can do. It’d be nice to take their word for it but unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way with some groups. Taking the time to check them out before you hire them means that you will end up spending less money in the long run. Nothing is worse than having to pay for the work to be redone when it could have been done right the first time if the right company would have completed the work.
The most common cause of roof leaks are transitional roof areas: chimney, skylights, vents, valleys and dormer areas. Quite often the flashing is not installed correctly. Flashing is sheet metal installed at any transition point on an asphalt shingled roof to prevent leaks. If the flashing is not installed correctly the asphalt shingle roof is vulnerable to leaking.
I still add the waste ratios beyond the actual pitch conversions. NOTE, Different shingle manufacturers have different conversion factors and these are meant only to be a general guideline for getting your materials right for the roof. 100 square feet equals 1 roofing square and the bundles will have the coverage listed on the pack. Standard Strip 3 tabs will usually read 33.3 square feet. I feel this will hep you get the job done of measuring your roof.