You’ve seen a leak. Now what?
Call me right away to see if you need a roofing repair or if you need a new roof installation.
A leak doesn’t always mean you need a new roof.
A commercial building owner had a leaking flat roof. He called me and I saw that water build-up was caused by the decking not drying out. I improved the ventilation and made the necessary repairs to stop the leak.
Is water pooling in a low slope or flat roof area? The metal flashing may be damaged or not properly installed.
Water may back up because of clogged gutters.
Leaking roofs will eventually degrade the decking, the plywood foundation. A roof divided into different sections by ridges and valleys can often be repaired.
By the time you see water, the problem has been occurring for some time. It’s important to stop leaks so water damage doesn’t occur in the attic or along the walls.
Your Guideline for Repair or Replace
Here are ways to see if a repair will help or if it’s time to replace your roof.
Roofing shingles, like the lightweight three-tab, were once sold as 25-year, 30-year or lifetime. Today, the standards have improved and all roofs are referred to as a variation on “lifetime.”
Homes with thin shingles, installed when the kids were little, are aging and will likely need torn off and a new roof installed.
Let’s take a closer look at important considerations:
Shingle granules in your gutter:
My experience and knowledge can tell me if the material won’t last much longer.
For tile roofs that leak:
The underlayment is wearing out or, again, the flashing may be bad. It’s possible to change one section.
On loose or missing ridge caps,
nails can work loose from winds or structural movements. Using new ridge caps and nailing them properly can solve that problem.
Other issues I look for:
- Gaps or cracks in roofing materials, especially low slope roofs
- Blisters or curls on shingle edges
- Areas that bulge and are deformed
- Flashing around chimneys, ventilation pipes
- Water pooling
- Gutter and downspout drainage
Repairs can work for the short-term, but consider this:
A new roof may cost more right now, but it may be the smartest move over the long term.
I’ll be upfront about what you need and I’ll let you know what’s possible for your budget.
My goal is to give you the best service and the best possible roofing solution for your home or business.