We have a very special guest writer today who is very knowledgeable about everything roofing and repairs. So without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to Matt Benjamin from Modesto Roof Repair
Matt Bejamin speaking:
Hey everyone! First off, I want to say thanks to the team at Solovj.com for giving me the opportunity to write this for all their avid fans. Today I am going to give you a little bit of insight into the world of roofing and roof repair. While it may seem pretty straight-forward, there’s actually a lot of technical aspects that go into these jobs. They’re not always as easy as they seem and a lot of people underestimate the amount of time, money and expertise that are needed in order to get a simple (or what may seem simple) roof repair done.
According to Home Advisor, the average reported cost to fix a roof was around $671. Seems pretty inexpensive, right? Well, what a lot of people don’t understand is that the average is for very straightforward fixes. Things that involve a lot more diagnostic time and repair are going to cost a lot more. But first, let’s look at some of the reasons for needing roof repair in the first palce:
Missing Shingles. Ah, good ol’ missing shingles. Whether the wind blew them away or they cracked, they’re going to need to be replaced. Lighter material is obviously easier to deteriorate over time than heavier ones, but even heavy shingles can begin to peel and even blow away over time. When this happens, the material of fabric which sits underneath these shingles is exposed to the elements and if not fixed quickly can cause major problems!
For those of you who may live in an area where there is heavy freezing, things such as ice dams can form on your roof. Ice dams is snow that has melted and freezes on your roof. When this happens, it forms areas on the roof that don’t allow other runoff to drain into your gutters and can cause leaks and other issues later on.
There are vent pipes that sit below your roofing material. When this do not have a good seal, they begin to corrode and the pipe flashing and sealant then begin to allow water to seep into areas and into the home.
How to find a leak?
It’s not always easy to find a leak in your roof from within your home. Sometimes, the origin of the leak may be somewhere you can’t necessarily see (like up in your attic) and the water is simply making its’ way down the roof and into a certain area of your home. When this happens, it is best to call a roofing company out right away to get it diagnosed and repaired. If left untreated, damage to the interior and wood can begin to form.
Sometimes you may think that you have a leaky roof, but in reality it is simply the flashing that is around your vent pipes or chimney. Even your gutters can cause leaks when they are not properly maintained and cleared of debris. It’s going to cost a little bit of money on labor, but it will be well worth it come winter when you may be receiving lots of rain and snow.
Quick tip on finding a leaky roof:
Remember that water always runs down. As I said before, the leak is probably not where you think it is, so start in your attic and look for any mold that can be at the very top pitch of your roof.
Hopefully this quick post has helped you understand a little bit more about roof repair and given you some tips that you can use next time you may run into your own little leak. While it’s always great to take a look and see if it can be a quick fix, you should remember to always call a roof repair company for anything that looks to be a major problem!