Roofing issues aren't uncommon despite the relative durability of the average residential roof. However, the forces of nature bring a lot of stress on your roof, and those elements can cause problems even when roof materials and craftsmanship are excellent. Unfortunately, in many cases, you don't know you have a roof problem until you see water pouring through, which can create an emergency situation that the average homeowner is ill-equipped to correct. Fortunately, there are many roofing services that offer rapid response to prevent damage from becoming more extensive.
However, there are some minor fixes you can perform to repair the most common roofing problems while you await the assistance of a professional roofer. If you can identify the problem, there's a good chance there's a stopgap measure you can take to prevent water from flowing in and causing extensive damage to your home and property. Keep reading to learn more about the best ways to fix some common roofing issues, even if just temporarily.
Probably the most common, and most noticeable, roof problem is a leaky roof. The causes behind your leaking roof can be varied, but the result is always the same. Water will infiltrate your home and damage the structure and cosmetic components of your residence as well as putting the property you keep beneath your roof in jeopardy. If you detect a roof leak, once the rain has passed, you should attempt to locate the leak. Sometimes the leak source can be seen from the outside, but at other times, it's easier to trace the leak's origin by entering the attic and looking for the signs of water. In either case, once you locate the leak, attempt to protect the damaged area of the roof with a tarp or roofing tar as a temporary fix until your roofer of choice can assess the situation and provide a more long-term repair.
The flashing on your roof system consists of thin sheets of metal that are used to seal creases and junction points on the roof. For example, where a vent, turbine, or chimney exists, flashing bridges the gap between the feature and the roof surface to channel away water and keep things dry underneath. Because it's made of metal, flashing can rust and corrode, which will allow water to penetrate beneath it. If you have bad flashing, it can be replaced with care by a handy homeowner. It may involve resetting the surrounding shingles, so don't attempt a repair if you're not comfortable with your abilities. In that event, it's best to call a professional roofer to make the fix.
You may not know it, but your rain gutters are an integral part of your roofing system. They not only help channel water off the roof to prevent the chance of infiltration, but they also help direct the runoff where you want it to go. As important as rain gutters can be, they can cause problems if not properly maintained. They can become clogged with granules from shingles, leaves, and fallen debris. When the gutters become clogged, they do more harm than good by holding water and moisture against your fascia and soffits. That will cause rot around the eaves, which can further compromise your roof's integrity. It's important to keep the gutters clear and in good working order to protect your roof. If you find they aren't draining, clean them thoroughly to restore their intended function.
While most roof repairs should be left in the hands of professional roofers, there are a few short-term fixes you can perform to limit the damage that's done when roof issues arise. By taking quick action while you wait on your roofing pro to arrive, you may save yourself money and prevent the need for further work. If your roof requires a more extensive repair, call Findlay Roofing at (770) 516-5806.