Roof Repair Atlanta
Addressing Small Problems Before They Grow
This is the golden rule of rooftop maintenance. You must pay careful attention to your roof and not let it fall into the category of, “out of sight, out of mind.” Since your rooftop is your home’s first line of defense against all sorts of weather conditions, it is normal for it to exhibit certain signs of wear after a few years. With regular maintenance this would be no problem, but problems do start when homeowners choose to ignore these minor problems until they grow into larger, more expensive problems. The best way to keep a well-maintained roof is to have regular inspections done and repair any damage that the inspection reveals as soon as possible. Don’t settle for quick fixes or band aid measures, because improper repairs will allow damage more time to grow and spread to other areas of your home. Here is a listing of common issues that a standard rooftop inspection will reveal:
- Missing or broken shingles and tiles
- Mold issues
- Missing or damaged flashing
- Worn or split wooden shingles
- Clogged or obstructed rooftop venting systems
- Loose or broken gutters
- Staining of roofing materials
Remember, whatever your inspection may turn up, it is important to get it fixed right away. It may seem like a budget saving move to ignore the problem for now, but it will end up costing you more in the long run as the problem steadily gets worse.
Never Wait To Plug A Leak
This point is so important that it bears repeating again and again- never wait to do roof repairs, especially when you have a leak. Moisture damage is the number 1 enemy of homes, and over time, water can seep through your entire home, compromising its structure and even promoting mold growth. You do not want to be living with that! As soon as you discover a leak, have it addressed by a trained professional and make sure that they also evaluate the extent of any interior damage to your home. Neglecting to do these things can be detrimental to your home’s safety as well as your family’s health.
Many roofing companies understand that repair costs can be extensive and often come at the worst possible time. That is why they often offer insurance claim assistance to help you file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company for covered damage to your roof as a result of a storm or other event. They will provide your insurance agent with all the necessary documentation that they will need to process your case quickly and get you the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
Repairing Damage Caused By Storms
During a downpour, you will of course need to have any roof damaged addressed right away. However, it may not be safe for roofers to spend very long on top of your roof in stormy conditions, so what they will typically do is ensure that your roof is waterproofed, any leaks are plugged, and damage is stable so that they can come back to perform permanent repairs in a few days’ time when the weather has improved. One thing that is important to note is that storm damage to your roof doesn’t always look as dramatic as you might imagine, with leaks popping up everywhere. In fact, hail can often crack or dislodge shingles just enough for them to allow water to seep through. This damage can be virtually undetectable to the untrained eye, which is why it’s prudent to have inspections done on your roof after every major hailstorm in addition to your regularly scheduled inspections taking place every 3 to 5 years.