Residential Roof Repair: A Quick Guide

Residential Roof Repair: A Quick Guide
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    It's not unusual to need roof repairs but many homeowners are still at a loss when the need arises.

    This probably stems from the fact that no one really assumes they'll have to get their roofs fixed and thus don't see the need to prepare for it.

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If you suspect, however, that a repair is in order for your home, this checklist will help ensure that you have your bases covered.

First Things First: Do You Really Need Roof Repair?

Given how they are tasked with shielding homes from the elements, all roofs will show wear and tear at some point. It’s just a matter of knowing when yours has started failing. The most telltale sign that you need roof repair is if you see structural damage on your roof. However, an inspection from the ground won’t always give you a clear view of the entirety of your roof so the next best thing for you to do is to go indoors and look for signs of leaks on your interior.

Once inside, look for water stains on your ceiling and walls. Mold and mildew can also be indicative of a leak because they only develop when moisture has been present long enough so take note of any dark spots you see. You can also head to your attic and look up; if you see sunlight streaming in during the day, your roof and underlayment have gaps and are definitely in need of repair.

Finding the Help You Need

Roof repair inevitable? The next thing for you to ascertain is that you’re working with roofing contractor you can trust. You are talking about repairs involving your home, after all. There will be more than a handful of roofing contractors in your area so it shouldn’t be difficult to find one but you may have to put in a bit more effort in choosing just one to work with.

To get you started, keep in mind the following:

  • Make sure necessary licenses are in place. If a contractor is licensed, it means they have met standards set by your state for their profession.
  • Make sure your contractor is experienced. The more experienced they are, the likelier they are to be capable of addressing your problem.
  • Make sure a contractor is certified by your roof’s manufacturer. This will guarantee that the contractor will know how to handle your roof exactly as the manufacturer specified.

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The Roof Repair Process: What to Expect

Before any work gets done, your roofing contractor will first carry out an inspection to determine your roof’s exact condition. The results of the roof check will be discussed with you before a contract is drafted stipulating all the work to be done. Once you and your contractor are in agreement, the roof repair will begin. Just how long it takes for a repair job to be finished will depend on the problem being fixed. A schedule, however, should have been provided in your contract. To make sure to give your contractor enough room to work on your roof. This may mean clearing your drive way, for instance. If repairs are extensive, you may have to consider making contingencies, such as booking a hotel room or staying with friends or family until the work is done. Should you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to your contractor about them.

Author Bio:
Mike Curcio is one of the owners of CMS Roofing. Alongside founding the company with Gary DuVall in 2002, he has more than 20 years of experience in the roofing industry. In his free time, he enjoys sports, spending time with his family, and writing in the company blog.

Home Roofing reference:

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