Even minor roof repair can be dangerous for homeowners, or laypersons. There is always the risk of a fall when you climb onto a roof and that is one of the most important reasons to call a professional. If you fall off your roof and injure yourself it could put your family, financial and physical health in serious jeopardy. While homeowners can make minor roof repairs it’s risky. When should you contact a professional roofer?
Obstruction From Objects
If a big tree limb, satellite dish, or some other type of heavy obstruction from a neighbor, etc, has fallen on your roof there is the possibility that you have roof damage beyond what you can see from the roof. Damage could be present in the attic and underneath the shingles. A professional roofer can inspect the roof exterior and underneath to see if there is any hidden damage. And never touch, or get near a downed power line on your roof. Contact your utility company if there are downed power lines.
If you spot multiple missing, or loose shingles it could be the sign of something more serious. If you’ve had your roof replaced in the last couple of years and are experiencing loose and missing shingles with no memory of bad storms, or weather, it could be that you had a poor roof installation and it’s just now showing up. Typically, torn, loose and missing shingles are the result of storm damage which could be recent, or longer and they finally worked loose. If excess water worked its way underneath some shingles and remained it could loosen the nails as well. A professional will walk the roofline and inspect your shingles for proper installation, possible water breach, and repair any loose, or missing shingles.
Most roofs in newer construction are properly ventilated through the ridge, or other eternal vents that allow air to flow properly through the attic. Roof ventilation is vital to prevent moisture and humidity from damaging the roof deck and rafters from mold, mildew and even wood rot. The ventilation also helps your house avoid trapping fungi and mold that can pose serious respiratory problems, and aggravate allergies, asthma, etc. Ventilation also keeps rodents, squirrels, and birds from entering your attic and setting up shop. Faulty ventilation can allow these pests into your attic, or damaging moisture to be trapped inside. A professional roofer will inspect any and all ridge, gable and even soffit venting and make repairs as necessary.
The metal and rubberized material around roof vents, chimneys, roof valleys and other sections where the surface comes together is called flashing and it is used to prevent leaks. If you have leaks near these areas it could be an indication of old or damaged flashing. A professional roofer can repair the leaks and if necessary replace the flashing before coating it and sealing out any water.
Multi-layered roofing occurs when a roofer installs new roofing over your old roof to save costs. This practice is not that uncommon but multiple roofs can be a problem over time. Most local/state building codes will allow two layers but anything over is not allowed or advisable. If you have purchased a house and the inspector missed a multi-layered roof it could be the source of problems. Professional roofing companies typically like a single layer roof because they know what is under it and how it was laid by their team. A roofing pro can tell you whether or not you have a single, or multi-layer roof.
Ceiling or leaks in your attic are like a warning light on a car dashboard. It is a big indicator that water is intruding into your home and it has to be addressed before it causes further damage to materials, roofing and your family’s health. Leaks can come from multiple sources, but a professional can usually pinpoint the source of entry in a very short time. Do not let water leaks of any kind fester over time. Procrastination in calling for help will only make matters worse and cause more damage. Your roofer can determine if it’s a roofing or plumbing issue.
Water pooling or standing in your roof valley, or other areas is usually an indication of a clogged gutter, or french drain from the downspout that is clogged and backing water up to the roof. A roof professional can determine the root cause but you don’t want standing water on your roof.
High winds, excessive rain, and heat can cause your fascia wood/material to shrink and expand pulling away from nails just below the shingle line of your roof. Gaps can allow water to penetrate onto the roof deck and into the attic causing dry rot, mold, mildew and other damaging problems.
Make sure you contact a licensed, insured/bonded and reputable professional roofer. Ask for references and check online reviews as well as the BBB.
At Gilstrap Roofing we have been serving the Upstate longer than any other roofing contractor accredited by the Better Business Bureau, spanning four generations. We live, work and play here so we have a lot at stake when it comes to providing quality roofing with certified crews. We regularly perform roof inspections for these and other kinds of issues. Contact us today.
Brian Gilstrap, President
Greenville, SC 29611