One of the top things for homeowners to know is checking a roof for any damage. While inspecting a roof, also important is learning how to do the necessary repairs for proper maintenance of the roof. The two most important pieces of advice to remember are not to do anything that could damage the integrity of the shingles, which are responsible for keeping the roof on the building, and also not to do any work that would damage the shingle’s adhesive. When first inspecting a roof for possible damage, including leaking shingles, excess debris or broken shingles, homeowners might want to contact their local roofing company to help determine what tasks should be done for proper care of the roof.
A good way to check a roof is to place one’s hands underneath the rafters. From there, it will be easy to locate any cracks in the shingles and shingle seams. It will also be helpful to have someone to hold the roof so they can see where cracks are in the shingles and shingle seams as well. Checking shingle seams will help determine the extent of any damage from any leaks.
Once a home inspector is able to inspect a home, a report is prepared detailing the amount of damage done, the cause of the damage and an inspection report. The report will usually include an estimate for the repairs needed and a list of materials needed for the repair job. This list is often provided along with a sheet of paper detailing the condition of the shingles and/or shingle seams and a list of tools and supplies needed. Most roofing companies will provide a list of materials to use to complete the repair job. Depending on the extent of damage, some roofs may need to be replaced. Some roofing companies will recommend using shingles that were damaged by hail in repairing the damage.
Some repairs and replacement of shingles require cutting the damaged areas out so that the new ones can be applied. While doing this, the shingle seams must be sealed so that water does not seep through them and allow moisture to seep in. Some shingles also have flashing attached to them as additional protection against the rain. When removing the damaged area to apply new shingles, make sure that they are held in place properly, especially if you need to use a ladder.
Y o A common problem that occurs more than a few times each year is shingle leakage, or “leakage.” The leakage is caused by small holes left by broken shingles on the roof that can easily be filled with cement. Some of these holes can get bigger as time goes by. If left untreated, these holes can allow water to seep in through the gutter and into the basement. As a result, the leaking roof could lead to a full foundation collapse and damage to the home.
When checking for leaks in a roof, the area around the leaky gutter, or downspout, is where many leaks are detected. If water is leaking from this area, make sure to stop the flow immediately. If this is not an isolated leak, consider calling a roofer. By the time the problem has progressed past small and the leaking is no longer being noticed, the ceiling of your house is likely to be damaged because of the buildup of water. This could mean the ceiling will have to be repaired.