It’s important to schedule roof repair the moment you notice a roof leak. If left unattended, even a small leak can cause major damage to your home. Fortunately, roof repairs are much more affordable than a full roof replacement. KLIM Roofing & Construction, one of the top roofing contractors in Seattle, explains what you need to know in today’s post. We discuss the best ways to spot roof problems so you can schedule a roof repair, how to find the right contractor and what the roof repair process is like.
Spotting Roofing Problems
The first thing you have to learn is how to spot roofing problems. Many homeowners have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to their roofing system. This is a mistake because the roof is one of the most important parts of your house. Your roof is your home’s primary defense against the weather, and problems with the roof will lead to problems with the rest of the house. Paying careful attention to your roof’s condition will help prevent water damage and save you a lot of money down the line.
This is because small repairs and preventive maintenance are much more affordable than extensive roof repairs. It’s important to spot problems early. You can do this in two ways.
Schedule Regular Roof Inspections – As the leading roofing company in Seattle, we can take good care of your roof. We understand how your roofing system works, so we know where to look and what to fix to prevent roof leaks from worsening or even forming in the first place. Our professional inspections can improve your roof’s lifespan, performance and appearance, resolving minor issues before they become major problems.
Perform Simple Visual Inspections Yourself – You can also inspect your own roof. We recommend that you take a pair of binoculars and scan the roof for problems from the ground. You can also go to your attic and look for water stains, saturated insulation and other signs of roof leaks.
Common Signs of Roofing Problems
With a good pair of binoculars, you can see these problems if you know where to look. If you spot any of them, call us right away so we can conduct a thorough inspection and perform any necessary repairs.
Broken or Missing Shingles – This problem should be easy to spot from the ground. If you see any different-colored patches on your roof or shingles littering your yard, then give us a call. Heavy rains and strong winds might have damaged your shingles or blown them away.
Cracked Flashing – Flashings are thin pieces of metal that we install under shingles and on the joints and valleys of your roof to create a water-resistant barrier. They protect the gaps in your roofing system, so if they are cracked then water can easily get through. Cracked flashing can be caused by weather damage or corrosion–either way it needs immediate attention.
Cracked Vent Booting – Roof vents look like small pipes protruding from your roof, and they work to expel excess moisture. Vent booting seals the area where the pipes peek out of the roof. Unfortunately, this vent booting can decay over time, leading to cracks.
Other signs of roofing problems include improperly installed skylights, condensation in your attic, excessive asphalt shingle granules in your gutters and water stains.
Finding a Reliable Roofing Contractor
Now it’s time for you to call a trustworthy roofing contractor to repair your roof. Some homeowners might be tempted to repair their roof themselves, particularly if the problem appears to be minor. As an expert in roofing repair and roofing installation in Seattle, WA, we recommend against it. A professional roofer can repair your roof more quickly, accurately and safely. We have the equipment, training and skills needed to climb up on your roof and work on it.
When looking for a good roofing contractor, you should pay attention to these key factors: experience, certifications and location. By location, we mean that you should hire a local contractor to work on your roof. Why? A local contractor knows the best materials to use and the best roofing techniques to use for your region’s specific climate.
Certifications are important because they show that the contractor is qualified to install, repair and maintain the products that they carry. Roofing manufacturers require contractors to achieve a certification before they can carry their products. A manufacturer’s’ certification is an important qualification that shows that a contractor is an experienced, skilled professional.
Finally, your contractor should be experienced. Past performance indicates future results. An experienced contractor will know how to handle various roofing problems and they know how to carry out a successful roofing project. They also have the knowledge to anticipate and prepare for problems. Experienced and established companies can provide you with local references and testimonials, so you can see the quality of their work yourself.
Roof Repair Process: Inspecting the Roof for Damage and Leaks
Once you’ve found a good company to call, it’s time for the roof repair process. Your roofer will first perform an inspection to spot any roofing problems. If there is a leak, they will identify the source, which could be on the completely opposite side of the house from where the water damage has manifested. Remember that water from a roof leak can move sideways and through great distances. Your roofer will have to do a bit of detective work to follow the leak to the source.
They will map the entire wet area using various methods, look horizontally and up the roof slope, and then inspect the on-roof surface for any flaw or gap that might serve as a point of entry. They can also test for leaks by spraying the roof with water. Once the contractor has found the source of the leak, they can then seal or repair the suspected water entry or leak points. The contractor can also repair or replace the water damaged areas of your roof.
Roof Repair Process: Dealing With Roofing Problems
The contractor will use a different approach depending on the roofing problem. For example, damaged flashing will be replaced with new ones, areas with worn sealant will be caulked or tarred and damaged vent boots will be removed and replaced. The contractor will make sure to seal the area surrounding the boot to prevent leaks. Missing or broken shingles can also be replaced with new ones. Note that for best results, you should hire a contractor that carries the same shingles that your roof currently has.
If there is a roof puncture or if water has damaged your roof decking, then the process becomes considerably more involved. For punctures, they might have to do some reframing, then installing a new layer of sheathing, underlayment and shingles, and making sure that the new sheathing and underlayment have no gaps for water to enter. Repairing a damaged roof decking is similar. The contractor will remove the underlayment and shingles, get rid of the rotten section and then replace everything on top.
Needing roof repair is never a good thing, but knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease as a trusted local roofing contractor takes care of the problem for you.