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Repairing Your Roof – The Considerations

Depending on how severe a leak is when it is raining, you may have no choice than to get up there and fix it. When its just a drip here and there, you could away with just temporarily getting some wet patch on it and waiting for the weather to get better. Also, putting a tarp or plastic sheet can help until the weather clears. Keep in mind that water will run to the lowest point and not appear to be just above the drip or leak inside your home.

Going into the attic can provide you with some more details on where the leak could be coming from. Take a good look at your roof when the weather clears, whether from the ground or if you have to, climb up onto the roof and inspect it for worn, broken or missing shinglees or tiles. Most asphalt shinglees have life span of 15 – 30 years depending on the quality of the material and the climate you live in. Start at the peak of the roof and examine the shingles or tiles. Wind can play a large part in creating damage to an older roof.

Depending on what type of roofing material you have and how large of an area you need to repair, let alone having to completely remove it all, can make all the difference in whether you are going to do the job yourself or hire a qualified individual. If, you have to completely remove your roofing, this will expose the roofs substrate underneath it. At this point decisions should be made on how much of an area needs to be repaired before putting the roofing material back on. When you do have to remove down to the substrate, this is the time or at least the opportunity to evaluate the roofs rafters, sheathing (plywood), fascia and eaves.

Owners of property, whether their own home or income property, will sometimes cut a lot of corners to save a buck. But, in the long run, I believe doing it right the first time pays off best. In my experience I have noticed work that was done by someone … and now I'm there to fix another issue that deals with the same area that was previously worked on and I have to remove that work, costing the client more in the long run. My suggestion: when doing any job, when it comes to having to rip apart an entire area for repair, look at the surrounding area and conclude that it does not need any kind of upgrade or repair, while you have it open. This will definitely save you money in the long run. Now, I've had clients that know about other issues next to the job I'm repairing for them now and will tell me "just fix this, we'll come back later to fix that", and then I'm back to open up that (again) when it should have been done earlier.

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