A leaky roof can result in more than just a wet floor-it can actually lead to damages such as water damage and mold, not to mention the increase in your monthly energy bill. If you think that your building may have a leaky roof or that there is damage from years of wear and tear, then it’s time for you to call a professional for some professional assistance with regards to roof repairs.
The following article will tell you what kind of damage could happen if your roof starts leaking, how often roofs should be repaired (depending on their age), what types of repairs are necessary when it comes to different materials used for rooftops, and much more!
A leaky roof should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. If you own the building, then you’re going to want to get on this right away (don’t wait until the damage worsens). When one part of your roof starts leaking it can cause more damage if not taken care of quickly.
Water leaks from a roof can produce accumulations of ice which will make collapses more likely, especially when combined with high winds; further damages that may arise include mold and mildew due to moisture saturation and water stains on ceilings that can lead up into walls. Not only is it important to take care of the damages that have been done, but it’s also crucial to be proactive about preventing future leaks by taking care of any existing damage and having regular roof inspections.
The following are some tips on when you should call a professional for roof repairs:
-If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof or if there is visible damage
-If you’ve had your roof for more than 10 years and have never had it inspected/repaired (every 5 years is recommended)
-If there was a recent storm that resulted in damages to your roof
-If you see water leaking during rainfall or snowfall
-If there is ice accumulation on the roof or around vents, gutters, skylights, or chimneys
It’s also important to inspect your roof during the summer and winter months-hiring a professional is crucial if you notice that there are any signs of deteriorating shingles, leaks that don’t disappear after rainfall, mold/mildew growth, cracked/missing/separating shingles, ice buildup on roofs with metal surfaces from melting snow.
Roofs made from different materials will need different types of repairs depending on what kind of material was used in construction. Here are some examples:
-Metal roofs should get new seals around vents and skylights (if present) in order to prevent water leakage; if damage has occurred to the surface coatings, then they will need to be repaired/replaced.
-Asphalt roofs usually have a lifespan of about 20 years, but can last up to 30 with proper maintenance-repairing any missing shingles, resealing seams every few years, and inspections twice a year.
-Clay and concrete tiles usually last for around 50 years but also need regular maintenance such as inspecting for cracked/missing tiles, sealing roof penetrations (chimneys, skylights, etc.), and removing vegetation/debris that can cause water stagnation.
-Wooden shingle roofs should be inspected every 3 years for rotting and warping; if there are any damages, they will need to be fixed right away in order to prevent the spread of rot.
-Slate roofs should be cleaned and re-sealed every few years in order to prevent lichen growth, moss, and algae; any damaged slates must be replaced.
Prevention is key when it comes to roof repairs! Scheduling regular inspections and taking care of any existing damage will help maintain the life of your roof-saving you money in the long run. For more information on roof repairs, please visit our website or give us a call today!