Angie's LIST Guide to
Repair or Replace Your Roof?
A roof is a big investment. If you're considering repairing or replacing it, there are many important questions to ask yourself and a qualified roofing contractor to decide which is best for your home. You must consider the age of your current roof, the condition of all roofing components, and whether you plan to sell your house in the near future.
Before considering a minor repair, be sure you or a roofer examine the entire roof structure to determine other potential issues. Look in the attic for water intrusion or obvious gaps. Watch out for signs of roof damage, such as buckling shingles and damaged flashing, before those small roofing problems become serious issues. The cost of a new roof may be worth it if you can avoid costly damage down the road.
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Cost of Roofing Repairs
There are many variables to consider when pricing repairs, such as the type of roof, cost of permits, scope of roofing repairs and existing water damage, as well as any exterior features like a chimney or skylight.
Roof Leaks and Emergency Repairs
Many different areas on your roof can cause leaks, from flashing and skylights to old shingles. Even a hole in your siding or leaky windows can appear as a roof leak. Address leaks right away to avoid mold and interior water damage. Water in your attic can pose a fire hazard and waste energy as insulation becomes saturated. Your roof and your home can suffer major structural damage if left unchecked.
To spot a roof leak, look for water spots on your ceiling. Inspect your attic during a rain storm to see if water is getting in. After a storm, check for missing shingles, damaged flashing or any other compromised roof components.
Be proactive in getting leaks permanently fixed. Once your roof system is compromised by a storm, fire or sudden malfunction, it's critical you call a roofing contractor for a quick repair or a protective tarping to prevent further damage. Many roofers offer 24-7 emergency service to get your leaky roof stabilized. In the meantime, collect the water leaking through the roof and clean up any pooling water.
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Hail and high winds can wreck your roofing system. Look for signs of storm damage once the weather calms down. Check for missing shingles, fascia and the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys and outer edges. Also inspect your attic for leaks. Keep in mind, some damage may not be visible and require a roofer's expertise to spot.
Hail damage commonly shows as dimples in shingles or granules in the gutters; however, not all hail damage is obvious as it may just weaken your roof structure and cause a leak later. Older roofs are more suspectible. If you suspect hail damage, have it evaluated by a professional roofer.
If a storm knocks a tree down onto your home, safely evacuate until a roofing contractor can assess the structural damage and perform emergency repairs. Also put a call into your homeowner's insurance agent so he or she can determine if you should file a claim. Take pictures of the damage and keep receipts of any work you perform yourself, like covering a hole in the roof.
A roofing manufacturer's warranty is typically voided if you experience storm damage and don't get it fixed in a timely fashion, but take your time finding the best roofer for the job. Don't feel forced to use a roofer referred by your insurance company, and be wary of storm chasing contractors who scam homeowners.
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Hiring a Roofing Contractor
There are many important questions to ask potential roofers before they begin repairs. Be sure to verify the roofer's license, if applicable in your area, as well as their insurance. The cheapest bid may not be your best bet, and avoid door-to-door contractors who come knocking after a storm. Ask your roofer whether he or she warranties the roof repair and get a clear idea of time frame and pay schedule before signing a contract.