Your home roof is often something you don’t think about regularly, until something goes wrong, of course. Maybe you’ve got a leak, a severe storm has damaged your shingles, or you notice your roof line sagging in places. Then it’s either a scramble to find and call a reliable, reasonably priced, and experienced roofer, or perhaps you’re wondering if you can do minor repairs yourself. There are so many questions and very few answers. Are there other issues you weren’t aware of, does the whole thing need to be replaced, and finally, could this entire headache have been avoided in the first place? Here are some of the most common home roofing questions, answered.
What is Roof Flashing?
Flashing is a material like aluminum, galvanized steel, or sometimes even plastic, that is used to help direct the flow of water away from places and joints in your roof that are susceptible to water damage. Those vulnerable places in your roof that require flashing are around chimneys, skylights, and any dormer windows your home might have. Your flashing may be damaged due to weathering or oxidation, but the good news is that roof flashing is often a fairly easy thing for an experienced roofer to fix.
How Many Roof Layers are Too Many?
In almost every case, more than two roof layers is too many. The weight of any additional layers can cause your roof to buckle and bow while putting stress on the foundation of your house creating long term problems for your home beyond your roofline. Additionally, more layers create more opportunity for moisture to become trapped, creating leaks and potential mold issues. One roof overlay is okay, but after that, it’s best to start fresh with a completely new roof.
Does a Roof Leak Mean I’ll Need an Entirely New Roof?
If detected and fixed early, a roof leak is not a big deal. They can usually be located and quickly repaired before it becomes a bigger, and much more expensive issue. If one or two leaks go untreated, this could potentially cause a big problem for your roof and home. Water damage and roof deck rot are both potential problems meaning an entirely new roof could be a possibility. If you have developed more than a couple of leaks in your home roofing, it’s best to call in a licensed roofer to conduct a more thorough inspection of your roof. This way, the roofer can assess your roof fully and determine what the best course of action is.
How Can I Tell if my Home Roofing is Failing?
If your asphalt shingle roof is older than 20 years, it most likely needs to be replaced. However, if your roof is inside the twenty year mark, it could still be failing. If it has quite a few shingles that are lifting, cracked, missing, or look just generally worn, it might be a good time to call a home roofing company for an inspection. An alternative approach is to head up to your attic during the day and turn off the light to see if there are any spots (usually no larger than the size of pinheads) where light is shining through. If light can get through, water can too, and it’s likely you’ll need a new roof.
How Expensive is a New Roof?
Every project is different, and it’s definitely good to know what you’re getting into before signing any contract. That’s why most reputable roofing companies can provide you with a free estimate. This way the company can take a look at things like your roof’s size, materials, and pitch and take all of those things into account to give you a more accurate picture of what a new roof may cost.
Home Roofing Experts for All of Your Questions
If you need answers, Leak Seal Roofing is your resource. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, but more than that, we are a family owned company, dedicated to providing you with the highest quality roof possible. Contact Leak Seal Roofing today to ask about our warranties and competitive pricing.