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A Roof Inspection can Give You Peace of Mind in the Rainy Season

It can be a cozy feeling, sitting in your home at night with a good book while listening to the heavy rain hitting your roof. However, your sense of contentment might disappear quickly if you found out your house was receiving extensive rain damage while you were reading. Having your roof inspected on a regular basis by a qualified roofing contractor can allow you to enjoy the sound of a heavy rain instead of fearing the roof leaks and repair costs it could bring.

Inspections to Prevent a Leaking Roof

Time and the elements can gradually wear out your roof system, but an annual inspection can take care of the small issues and may allow you to put off the expense of a new roof installation. Many potential problems don't make themselves known during a light rain, but can become apparent and escalate quickly when a heavy rain arrives. Unfortunately you can't turn off the water like you can with an interior plumbing leak; it just keeps causing rain damage until the storm finally passes.

A roofing contractor has the experience to find the small problems that could lead to a leaking roof that many homeowners might overlook. A few areas they may check during a roof inspection:

  • Flashing. Many roof leaks can be traced back to loose or missing roof flashing. Your roof should have flashing at penetrations such as skylights, plumbing stacks, chimneys, and gas vents. If your roof comes into contact with one of your home's vertical exterior walls, there should be flashing in that location, too.
  • Shingles. As your roof gets older, shingles can crack, break, or even be blown away. This can create a prime location for water intrusion into your home. A roofing contractor can determine if simple repairs are needed or if it's time to install a new roof.
  • Gutters. Winter rains can have no where to go if your gutters are blocked or have insufficient pitch. As water re-freezes, a damaging ice damming situation may be created. Ice dams can push up under your shingles and underlayment and may lead to a leaking roof.
  • Sheathing. Roof sheathing can often be inspected from the attic for water staining or damage that could result in roof leaks from a heavy rain. A roofing contractor may also be able to tell if you have damaged roof sheathing simply by walking on your roof.
  • Valleys. The valleys on your roof receive a lot of wear and tear as most water is channeled through them on the way to your gutters. A roofing contractor can determine whether your valleys are in good shape or if they should be re-worked.

Most roof inspections are quick and a roofing contractor would be glad to give you an estimate for checking your home. Once you know your roof is in good shape, you can enjoy the soothing sound of a heavy rain instead of wondering where your mop is hiding.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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