Repairing a leaking roof is something to be taken seriously, whether you are doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Roof damage–especially, roof damage due to water–can quickly spread and ruin your roof system, costing you thousands of dollars.
In light of a full roof replacement, then, roof repair is a highly affordable solution for keeping your roof healthy. It is, however, a proactive solution. So what happens when a proactive approach is past and you need to repair your leaky roof?
This post provides a checklist of things to consider, as well as some insight into whether doing it yourself or hiring a professional is right for you.
What Material Is Your Roof?
The first step in creating a plan to repair your roof is to identify your roof’s material. Every roofing material has its strengths and weaknesses, which can help you identify where the water is coming from and also understand how to create a solid fix.
If you have a shingle roof, for example, it is likely the case that you will spot a rotted, cracked or missing shingle as the main source of your roof’s vulnerability. If it is the case that you spot such a error, then you can pretty easily by finding a shingle repair tutorial and following it to replace the shingle.
If, on the other hand, you have a metal roof, then it is likely the case that the root of your damage is coming from damaged, loose joints. Metal roofs are particularly vulnerable at the seams where each piece meets the next so checking the seams is a great place to start to identify damage.
There are, of course, many different types of roofing materials so make sure you identify your roof and do your research on that material before beginning any DIY roof repair.
Repair Leaks As Soon As Possible
Do not ignore water damage to your roof.
Although water damage may start out as just a small stain on the ceiling or wall, it can quickly grow into an irreversible problem if you let it go unchecked. At the first signs of water damage you should perform a thorough evaluation of your roof to see if you can identify where the problem exists.
In that evaluation you need to determine:
- what type of material your roof is;
- where the source of the damage is;
- how fast the damage is happening; and
- how you can quickly and effectively stop the damage
DIY Roof Repair vs. Professional Roof Repair
Like all DIY projects, whether to do it yourself or hire a professional comes down to whether or not your are able to successfully perform the job.
While gardening and painting are often DIY projects that can be accomplished effectively and affordably by homeowners, roofing repair is not something that most can do right. It is also not one that you want to get wrong. Failing to properly repair your leaking roof could not only force you to spend money on a full roof replacement, but the damage to your house’s interior could also force you to have to invest in interior repairs and renovations.
Instead of spending a couple hundred on roof repair, then, you risk spending thousands of dollars to fix damage that could have been stopped days, weeks or even months earlier.
Call American Dream Restoration, LLC for a free roof inspection. Make sure you have an experienced roofing company to take care of your roof repair.