If you wait until after hurricane season and your roof didn’t sustain damage but you still need a roof replacement, you may find that you have to wait. Often supplies run low and roofing companies are short on manpower because there are so many people needing roof repair and replacement. This time right now is considered to be the best time for roof work. However, when you consider how busy we get during hurricane season, it may be better to get your roof done now instead of later.
When you consider a roof repair or roof restoration venture, the first step is a thorough professional roof inspection. You may have already noticed a few issues, but to have a complete picture of your roof health, you should engage a professional to assess it.
The Signs That Point Towards a Roof Problem
The first indication of a roof leak is a humid attic. If a musty smell welcomes you to the attic, you can be sure of roof leaks. You may choose to ignore it, but a discolored or patched ceiling is something you can never overlook. If you still take it lightly, the blistered walls and squeaky windows and doors will be next. You will finally realize the necessity of repairing your roof.
Types of Roof repairs
You can categorize roof repairs as minor, moderate, and major. Replacing missing or damaged shingles belong to the minor repair category. Fixing a torn-off gutter or replacing damaged gutters are also minor repairs. You can do them by DIY methods if you are resourceful enough. Replacing flashing around rooftop fixtures like vents and chimneys and correcting rubber housings of various vents go under the moderate category. The metal sheets of the flashing should be straightened or even replaced. Besides, you would need to remove the shingles around the area, and after correcting the issue, you will have to re-shingle the area. It is a lot of work.
If the flashing around a skylight or along the valleys is damaged, it becomes a major repair. The area around a skylight is extensive. The workers have to remove the shingles or tiles from around the skylight before repairing the flashing. Thereafter replacing them also takes considerable work. It is almost the same case with the valleys. The area that covers the valley flashing is vast. If the underlayment or rafters are affected, the repair is a major issue. The damaged fascia or soffit around the roof also takes major labor. If the crown or walls of the chimney are broken, it becomes a major repair job.
Roof Restoration vs. Roof Repair
Before venturing into a major roof repair, you should consider the possibility of a roof restoration or replacement. Sometimes it is cost-effective to go straight for a roof restoration instead of roof repair. If the structure of your roof is compromised, it is better to consider a new roof. It will avoid considerable expenses shortly. Roof Repair costs
Roof repair costs depend on several factors. The first factor is the material used. Asphalt is the least expensive, whereas materials like metal, slate, etc., are top-end materials that will cost more than asphalt. The roof’s size is another factor. The roof slope also has a bearing on the roof repair cost as the difficulty level of working on such roofs is high. If your roof has many fixtures on it, it also will affect the repair cost. Finally, the building laws and permits of the locality also affect the roofing costs.