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Roofing Repair, Replacement and Restoration
Human habitats, or homes and houses as they are more commonly known, must be built to withstand the weather conditions in the geographic locations they are built. Homes built in Australia for instance, must be prepared to weather harsh snow fall and even tornadoes or cyclones.
The roof must be built especially well, there is no telling what kind of conditions it will be required to withstand. Contrary to what some people say, a home has a certain quality --a value, if you will-- that a house does not have.
A house is walls and a roof but a home is the walls and roof that contain the special moments of your life. This is where birthday parties are cleaned up after, 1st dates are discussed and objections aired and where eventually tearful farewells are said. With such intrinsic value contained within these walls and roof, wouldn't you want the construction and materials to be made of the finest quality?
Symptoms of a Roof Nearing the End of its Life
Is the roofing system of your house deteriorating? There are a few ways to ascertain the condition of your roof without having to call in the experts. Below is list of the first things to look for:
- Missing or Loose Shingles
- Overflowing Rain Gutters
- Water or moisture Inside of the House (Especially on the ceiling and walls)
- Loose nails
- Sagging, Worn or Bulging Shingles
These are signs that your roof is in disrepair and you should sporadically have a glance around the roof to see if you spot any. If you do notice any of the tell-tale signs of roof damage, what do you do next? It may not be necessary to replace the entire roof--which can be an expensive project-- sometimes these issues can be handled with a few simple roofing repairs.
Looking for Signs that Roof Repair is in Order
The biggest indication that the roof may not be doing its job is if you notice water getting into the house. Check the carpets and floors, but the most important indicators are on the ceiling and the tops of the walls.
Drywall is quickly marred by water damage and if this is allowed to continue, reparations can become more complex and costly. As the effects of water damage on the ceiling become more advanced, it may become necessary to replace the ceiling tiles or the entire ceiling. Mold is another serious side effect of excessive moisture within your walls. Mold can spread quickly damaging important belongings kept in storage as well as furniture and carpeting. Black Mold is also a major culprit in many serious respiratory conditions. This is the point where the the problem has reached a serious level and must be addressed immediately.
If the damage is limited to only a small portion of the roof the problem can usually be remedied with simple repairs. A good example of this is the common occurrence of loose or missing shingles. The acquisition and application of a few shingles is a fairly inexpensive procedure -- if you are a capable type you may even be able to handle this yourself.
However if the damage has gone deeper and the roofing tiles below must be replaced, the operation is a bit more complicated. Still, if the damage is restricted to only a small portion of the roof, it is easily addressed with repair work.
The decision of whether the entire roof must be replaced or simply a small repair job done on the damaged portion will be made with the insurance company who will consider the extent of damage against the age of the roof. For instance, if your roof has over 25% damage, your insurance company may consider it best to simply replace the entire roof as this would be more cost effective in the long run.
Signs Your Roof Will Need to be Replaced
If you or your insurance provider consider it necessary to replace the entire roof, you will have several important factors to consider.
First of all, do you know if the coverings will need to be replaced or not? The coverings refer to the shingles and tar paper. More extensive damage means the plywood panels need to be replaced and if the damages have really gotten out of hand, the trusses below could be damaged. In this case you are looking at a pricey operation --it’s always best to catch these problems early.
Then you must consider what type of covering your would like for your replacement roof. Tiles work well and can provide an attractive aspect --there is also a nice range of tile options for your consideration. Concrete tiles are very budget-friendly, especially compared to the attractive but financially imposing terracotta option. But if you have an eye for quality and durability and a fairly chubby wallet, Colorbond roofs offers an impressive quality and high price. Colorbond roofing options have lasted as long as thirty years in good conditions --if you can make the investment it would certainly be worth it.
Restoration: The Third Option
What if your roof needs more work than simple repairs, however, having your roof replaced is not an idea you’re comfortable with? There is another option that should be considered if the situation fits, restoration.
The idea of restoration would be to return your existing roof to its original conditions before it began to deteriorate. There are several aspects of the restoration process that accomplish this objective:
Cleaning --The roof will be washed down pressure hose and all debris and dirt removed.
Bedding -- The bedding, which is the tarpaper under the shingles, will be replaced.
Replacement -- All the tiles will be examined and any tiles that are cracked, chipped or damaged in any way will be replaced
Sealing --at the end of the restoration process the roof will be treated with a primer and sealant to avoid the occurrence of future leaks.
Now you have a better idea of how your roof can be repaired and restored or even replaced if necessary. It's always a good idea to take preventative measures and avoid bigger trouble later. If you think your roof may be showing signs of damage call in a roofing expert to give you an expert opinion.
Your roof will soon look like new and be in better conditions to protect your family life from the elements.