Like many systems in the home, no one thinks about the roof until something goes wrong. Usually, the first sign of roof issues is a stain on the ceiling. Believe it or not, that is a good thing. Think of it like the check engine light in you car telling you that there is something that needs to be addressed.
In other cases, the water follows the path of least resistance, showing little or no staining until there is a sudden blooming of mold on the walls.
Irrespective, once you know you have a roof problem, you have three way to address it;
- Repair the roof
- Restore the roof
- Replace the roof
Repair the roof- This is your least costly alternative. Unless the entire roof is failing, most leaks can be traced back to a point of origin. Depending on the size of the leak and the amount of damage, there are multiple ways in which to make a repair that range from invisible to ugly. A repair is an identifiable point of water intrusion that can be fixed. This does not guarantee that your roof will stop leaking, just that a single point won’t. Keep in mind that in some cases shingles will have to be replaced and it is next to impossible to match new shingles with the ones on your roof that have been exposed to the elements for years.
Restore the roof- Some roofs not only have leaks but the shingles are losing the aggregate (sandy stuff) that protects the body of the shingle. This type of roof should be replaced but sometimes you need time to acquire the funds for a roof replacement. With modern sealants the entire surface of the roof can be protected from further degradation. A roof restoration can extend the life of an older roof from 1-5 years and is less than ½ the cost of a roof replacement. It is not always possible to restore a roof and each one must be addressed on a case by case basis but when it can be done it gives the roof a sheen and a much newer appearance.
Replace the roof- Most expensive but most effective. This involves stripping the entire roof, nailing the roof deck to current code and installing a heavy felt and dimensional shingles. This should also include a wind mitigation inspection that will lower you insurance costs. Installed and vented correctly, a new roof will protect your structure for years to come.
Your business and personal objectives will define your choice but you should have as many options available as possible.
The same choices apply for flat or sloped roofs.
Not only does your roof act as a deterrent to moisture intrusion, it is also an important element in regulating the interior temperature and comfort of your home. A roof with the proper elements can save you thousands on energy bills as well as extend it’s own life.
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