Every home needs a sound, leak-proof roof, and it pays to maintain the roof and keep an eye on its condition. Some roof repairs can be carried out by a competent do-it-yourself person with the necessary safety equipment, and the website GAF.com has a useful do-it-yourself roofing guide to help. Even if you are competent, some work is much better handled by professionals.
Types of Roofing
The first thing to understand is exactly what material your roof is made of. Many material options exist, Koopman Roofing, experts in roofing in Des Moines explain the main types: titles (clay and ceramic), slate, shingles, wooden shakes, and metal, on their website.
Shingles are the most common form of roofing, especially inexpensive shingles made from asphalt fiberglass. This type of roof material also needs the most maintenance as the shingles are prone to weather damage. If your home has a shingle roof you will need to be vigilant in checking the shingles for damage, but fortunately they are easy to replace, especially on a low slope roof.
Clay roof tiles have been in use since Roman times. They are often made with local clay but are now available in many colors other than traditional reds and browns. Tiles can easily be replaced by a competent do-it-yourself person, but they are so durable they seldom need repair.
Metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular and is available in different styles and colors to suit almost any home. Its main advantage is its durability, which means it can last up to twice as long as more conventional materials such as asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are also more resistant to sun, storm, high wind, and hail damage, and rarely need repair.
Signs Your Roof Needs Repair
It pays to check your roof regularly for signs of damage, especially if you live in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions. Repairs are almost always less expensive if carried out early than left until the damage is severe. If you have adequate safety equipment, you can climb up onto the roof and check it yourself, or you can inspect it from the ground using binoculars. If in doubt, call in a professional roofing contractor.
Look for leaks, holes, or stains in the attic ceiling, especially after wind-driven rain or snow. Check for signs of decay or damage to the paintwork on the exterior sheathing or siding. In shingle, shake, or tile roofs, check for missing, distorted or cracked sections.
A damaged roof can cause mildew growth, mold and stains on interior walls and ceilings, so check for this kind of damage regularly.
Roof repairs can be expensive but it is better to check for damage and have work done as needed than to wait until the roof is in such poor condition that it needs to be replaced altogether.