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Your Roofing Problems: Repair or Replace?

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Sometimes roofing problems should be quickly repaired, but in other cases, replacing the full roof may be a better decision in the long run. In addition to considering the costs of repair vs. fully replacing a roof, you should also think about the type of damage and what that means for your roof. Here are several common cases, and why repair or replacement is a good idea.

A Windstorm Damaged Some Shingles

If your bare patches are in a few isolated areas, call Findlay Roofing and arrange for a repair. This isn’t usually a reason to consider a roof replacement; bad storms can damage even new rooftops, especially if they are hit with flying debris.

I’ve Had Several Leaks In the Past Couple of Years

What caused the leaks? If the leaks were created by clear, isolated incidents like a windstorm or pests doing damage, then you should focus on repairs and try to limit the cause. This might mean pest control, cutting down nearby trees or other remedies. If the leaks seem to be occurring for no clear reason, then your roof may have more serious age or damage issues and need to be replaced.

Moss Has Started to Cover My Roof

There are many serious moss-related roofing problems, so you certainly don’t want it on your roof. A large amount of moss suggests a replacement. For a small amount, you may want to ask for a roof inspection first to see how much damage has been done.

There’s Moisture Damage in the Underlayment

If water has made it past the underlayment, a layer installed under the main roofing material, it’s bad news. If you catch this problem very early on, a repair may be possible. Otherwise, look into a replacement option.

My Flashing Needs to Be Replaced

Damaged flashing around the roof edges or chimney can typically be replaced with a simple repair. However, if the damage has allowed significant moisture seepage, that’s a different set of roofing problems that may require a larger repair project.

A Bad Storm Damaged Several Shingles

Is the damage primarily on one side of the roof? Consider a partial replacement, which is often an effective solution for severe storm damage. Otherwise, discuss the costs of multiple repairs vs. replacement with a Findlay Roofing pro.

My Shingles Look Bare But There’s No Damage

Bare shingles without many granules is a common sign of an old roof. If your current roof is a few decades old, it may be time for a full roof replacement.

My Roof Is Crooked or Sagging in Places

A crooked roof line hints at serious structural problems beneath and often requires far more than a roof repair. A Findlay Roofing professional can do a full inspection and find the underlying problem.

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DIY Don’ts: Roof maintenance to avoid.

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A poor roof repair can do more damage than the original problem. When considering necessary repairs and upkeep, don’t make mistakes. Here are the top mistakes in roof maintenance to avoid.

Ignoring roofing problems

Roof problems do not go away on their own. If you know you have missing shingles or notice a leak, never ignore it. One reason roofing problems are so dangerous is that they are often only an entrance point for moisture. Once moisture seeps into your roof, it can cause widespread and long-term damage. Waiting will only increase this damage. Also, unless you report certain types of roof damage immediately, insurance companies will not cover repair costs.

Shingling over an older roof

This mistake remains common roof maintenance to avoid for all homeowners. Shingling over old shingles with a new layer may seem like a good solution, but it’s a very bad idea. Do not leave an old layer of shingles on. It will cause your new layer of shingles to deteriorate much more rapidly, it may trap problematic mildew or moss against your roof, and it adds much more weight to your rooftop, weight that your roof may not be designed to support. Removing shingles takes work but is worth it in the long run.

Ignoring proper drainage and venting

Roof design is not for amateurs. Never try to build a roof by yourself without a plan created by an experienced professional. A roof must be carefully constructed to include proper drainage as well as necessary venting to circulate air beneath the roof. Building without including these key design features will only lead to a poor roof.

Nailing shingles or fixing panels without experience

Avoid nailing shingles or fixing panels in place if you don’t know what you are doing. Nailing shingles takes more experience than you might think, and shingles with low nails can easily develop harmful leaks and will eventually have to be replaced. This is roof maintenance to avoid unless you have experience: Hire a professional contractor for roof repairs instead.

Fixing metal panels may be even more difficult. Metal panels and tiles require particular adhesives, sealants and fasteners to work – using traditional products will only lead to serious problems.

Forgetting the edges

Never forget flashing, counter flashing and generally all important edge work on your roof. These small, subtle areas need extra care, because they are a key entry point for moisture but can often age and decay without anyone noticing. Depending on weather, your gutters or roof edge, you may also need special features like ice and water guards to prevent more unique moisture problems.

Not working with a licensed, experienced contractor

Do not trust a contractor who is not licensed and experienced with working on roofs in your area. This will help you avoid scams and shoddy workmanship. Avoid roofing contractors that try to pressure you into accepting an immediate deal or whose schedules seem suspiciously open even during busy times.

Call Findlay instead.

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How to Prepare for Hurricane Season by Checking on Your Roof

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Though the Atlanta area is generally spared by hurricanes, devastating storms do damage to the region on a regular basis. Tornadoes and heavy storms routinely make their way into the area, causing damage throughout many counties and neighboring municipalities. This type of extreme weather can have a major impact on your home’s roof.

Here are tips on how to prepare for hurricane season and other major storms.

Protection of the roof structure

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), homes with gabled roofs are the most vulnerable to damage from hurricanes and other extreme storms. Specifically, the end walls of gabled homes have the potential to collapse. FEMA recommends installing truss braces to protect the structure’s integrity. Truss bracing involves adding two-by-fours that cover the entire roof span. Another step to take is gable end bracing. In this system, two-by-fours are added to in an “X” formation to prop up the roof.

If your home seems particularly susceptible to storm damage, you can ask a roofer to install hurricane straps that hold a roof in place at the walls. Made of galvanized metal, hurricane straps create a solid defense against heavy winds, torrential rains and the impact of objects striking your roof in a storm.

Weatherproofing and general repairs

Regular inspections of your roof give professionals the chance to fix problems that will get worse after a storm. During a checkup, roofers will tell you whether your home is protected from the elements with adequate weatherproofing. Missing, rotting or blistering shingles should be addressed ahead of any expected storm, along with damaged flashing and leaking gutters on the roof that will be exposed to extreme weather.

These repairs are best done ahead of time so you are not scrambling to prepare for an oncoming storm. During your roof’s life, moisture could prove to be as damaging as any other element.

Other areas of a home to protect

How to prepare for hurricane season should also involves a check of your home’s windows, doors and garage. FEMA recommends storm shutters to keep out the intense winds and rain coming at your home during a hurricane or tornado. You may also consider anchoring the garage door track. If the weatherproofing is inadequate in any of these areas of your home, that upgrade should be a priority ahead of the expected storm’s arrival.

If you want to know how to prepare for hurricane season or any other period of extreme weather, contact Findlay Roofing. Starting with structural repairs and general weatherproofing, you have affordable options on the table to protect your roof.

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