Maintaining a sound roof tops the list of crucial home repairs. It keeps your home interior warm and dry from the elements. Damage or signs of wear should call for immediate action to keep water from seeping in and rotting the wood sheathing beneath. Ignoring a problem, even what appears to be a small one, could result in eventually needing a new roof, which is not cheap.
Roofs can be made from many different types of materials and designed in various styles. These include wood shake or composite roofing, asphalt shingles, metal, flat, foam, or single ply roofing. You could also have a type of tile or slate roofing as well. The type of material and style that your roof is will dictate the cost. For example, shingle roofs are considered easy to repai,r while slate or tile roofs are among the most difficult.
Most roof leaks are similar in nature and leak due to same type of problems. These include:
Blown off or missing shingles
Bad or leaking pipe flashing
Chimney / skylight step flashing
Low slope / inadequate roof pitch
If you notice any of these signs, you should call a roofing specialist immediately to get the problem fixed.
Finding the Leak
Sometimes it's relatively easy for your contractor to find the leak because it is already leaking into your home. There are other leaks you might not see, but that are there because of odor or damage to wood. On a flat roof it's relatively easy to find leaks. On a sloped roof, sometimes it might take a bit more investigating to find the cause. Sometimes it may not be your roof that's leaking at all but the metal flashing around your chimney or vent pipes. Your gutters could also be causing the leaks. Be prepared to pay some labor costs for the inspection. Even if you think the leak is obvious, your contractor should do a thorough examination to ensure that there aren't more trouble spots.
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