The roof of your home is often ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ Your only reminder that it’s there is usually when things go wrong and you find yourself dodging the drip bucket in your living room. ABC Roofing Corp. has been in the business of repairing and replacing roofs for over thirty years. Below we discuss some of the residential roof repair questions that we are asked most frequently.
Q: My Roof Is Leaking – Should I Have It Repaired Or Replaced?
A: A single leak isn’t necessarily a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Leaks can be caused by shingles or tiles that are broken, cracked, curling or missing. If the damage is limited to a small area, a roof repair will typically be sufficient. Older roofs with many leaks and other issues will need to be replaced.
Q: How Much Should I Budget For Roof Repair?
A: The cost of repairing your roof will be different depending on a number of factors, including:
- How steep your roof pitch is
- The type and condition of the shingles or tiles
- The number of shingle layers
- The cause of the damage and how widely spread it is
One of our professional roofers from ABC Roofing Corp. will be able to assess all these things, advise you of the options that are available to you, and give you a free roof estimate on the work they recommend.
Q: How Will I Know When The Wood Beneath My Shingles Needs To Be Replaced?
A: Wood that shows no sign of water damage shouldn’t need to be replaced. If the wood is swollen or there are signs of mildew or algae growth, the wooden structure is likely compromised, and replacement would be a good idea.
Q: Can I DIY My Roof Repairs?
A: While there are many jobs around the home that homeowners can tackle, roof repair isn’t one of them.
Our professional roofing contractors are trained and certified by the manufacturers of the roofing products that they use. By using a certified contractor, you will obtain an extended warranty from the manufacturer. If the roofing products are installed by someone not trained by the manufacturer, you won’t have the benefit of the warranty.
Q: How Long Can I Expect My Roof To Last?
A: A well-built shingle roof should last 15 to 20 years and a tile roof should last for 25 years.
This will vary depending on the quality of the materials used and whether they were installed correctly in the first place. A regular roof maintenance schedule will extend the life of your roof to the maximum.
Q: What Factors Shorten The Life Of My Roof?
A: Severe weather will have the biggest impact on the longevity of your roof. Extreme heat, direct sun, humidity and violent storms will all take their toll. Moisture can cause algae and mildew to grow which can damage roof materials as well as the underlying structure. The color of the roof will have an effect as well. Lighter roofs seem to last longer that darker colored roofs.
Q: My Roof Is Leaking! How Can I Find The Leaking Spot?
A: Roof leaks are notoriously difficult to track down. Where the leak comes through into your home and causes a ceiling spot isn’t always in the same place as the compromised area of your roof. This is due to the fact that water is hard to control. Once it’s in your roof, it will run down beams and travel away from the original compromised spot. Professional roofers are trained and have the tools to locate the source of the leak and fix it quickly.
Q: I’m Having My Roof Replaced. Is It Necessary To Remove The Old Roof First?
A: It might seem like putting the new roofing material down on top of the current roof would offer double protection, but a damaged bottom layer can compromise the integrity of your new roof. The old roof will need to be removed completely before the new one is installed to give you complete protection.
Your Roof & Severe Weather
In South Florida, our roofs don’t have to withstand snow or hail, but they do have to be ready for hurricanes. With hurricane season on our doorstep, now is the best time to make sure your roof is in top condition. Whether you need a minor residential roof repair job, or a complete roof replacement, our technicians are ready to assist you. Call ABC Roofing today at 954-344-4622!