You might think that you need to replace your roof if it springs a leak during a moderate rain shower, but this is not always the case. So, how can you determine whether you should have your roof repaired or replaced?
Determine the Source of the Leak
A capable roofing contractor can give you a more accurate diagnosis of your roof’s condition, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t perform your own inspection. In addition to giving you the insight to plan your roof repair or replacement costs, it also helps relieve anxiety by knowing what to expect once a roofing professional does inspect your roof.
Conducting a roof inspection on your own is fairly simple and begins with an exterior inspection. On a clear day, train a pair of binoculars on the roof, and check for signs of damage. On the roof’s edge, look for indications of wind damage. Check the valleys and the areas where the roof meets a wall, and make sure these areas have flashing. Finally, check the main roof area for creases as well as damaged or missing shingles.
Next, climb into the attic, and look for signs of water damage like water stains and clumped insulation. Holes in the roof should be easily noticeable during the daytime. Also, take note of the attic temperature. If properly ventilated, the attic should have more or less the same temperature as the immediate outdoors.
Should Your Roof Be Repaired or Replaced?
At this point, you should already have a clear idea of your roof’s condition and should be able to determine if you need to call for roof replacement or repairs. Generally, your roof will need repairs if the problem is a small, which is usually the case when your roof is damaged by hail or storm. A roof replacement, on the other hand, applies to problems that may have accumulated over the years, such as when a roof is too old.
Neumann Construction has the skills and expertise to accurately assess the condition of your roof, which is essential if the roof repair work will be covered by your insurance provider. We also make sure that the repairs will last by addressing roofing problems that you may have not noticed during your inspection.