Why Roof Replacement Is The Best Option When An Older Roof Springs A Leak

An older roof that develops a leak should be replaced because patching is unlikely to eliminate the problem. The first leak is a warning sign that the entire roof has deteriorated enough to develop other problems elsewhere relatively soon. If the homeowners need time to figure out how to pay for a new one, patching or tarping can be a short-term fix. As soon as possible, they should schedule residential roof installation with a qualified contractor.

Finding Evidence

Sometimes a leak becomes evident only during a downpour. After heavy rainfall, water stains appear on the drywall or the ceiling tile. Water might drip from the ceiling or travel down a wall.

In contrast, light rain might only make the wood decking and the insulation damp. By the time anyone sees evidence of a problem, significant damage to the wood and insulation could have occurred.

Important Considerations

Patching the roof and hoping for the best inevitably leads to another leak developing. If the homeowners must delay replacement, they will need to monitor the situation and watch for additional problems. That includes checking hidden areas in the backs of closets during and after rainfall. 

Another issue with patching, especially when done by someone who isn't a roofer, is that rainwater can appear in homes far from where the flaw actually is located. Water often travels down beams and decking before finally dripping onto the ceiling. This also is a difficulty with figuring out where a tarp should be placed.

Roof replacement is a major expense, but scheduling the work as soon as possible is essential to prevent ongoing damage.

Obtaining Estimates

Estimates from residential roofing contractors should be detailed to include all the materials and expected labor costs. Customers should read the warranties for the labor and the shingles and ask any questions they have.

Learning About Warranties

Warranties on contractor labor are significantly shorter than manufacturer warranties for shingles are. An experienced roofer is unlikely to make errors, and any possible flaws will show up during the first substantial rainfall.

Shingle manufacturers expect their materials to last for many years as long as homeowners take care of basic maintenance. That includes routinely removing organic debris from the shingles and cutting back branches that eventually reach the roof.

Concluding Thoughts

Ideally, homeowners schedule roof replacement as soon as they see signs of a leak. This prevents unseen damage from worsening and additional problems developing elsewhere on the structure. The new roof protects and enhances the home and has increased its value as well.

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Roofs have been along for just about as long as buildings have been around — thousands of years. However, roofs have changed a lot over time. So have the jobs of roofers. Thousands of years ago, roofers knew how to create bundles of straw and use them to make a roof. This process was known a thatching. These days, however, roofers know how to install shingles, put metal sheets on the roof, and lay tile. These are different skills, and they are all very important skills. Join us in discussing these skills, and the work of roofers in general, on this website.

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