Useful Roof Repair Tips for Homeowners

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Roofing can be a daunting task for many people especially ones who have had no experience with it. Getting up there to make minor repairs is something you can ultimately teach yourself, such as finding leaks and plugging them up. But if you're looking to remodel or repair large sections of it, then you definitely need to hire a professional firm to handle the task for you. Roofing contractors Dearborn MI are some of the best, most highly qualified professionals available.  

FINDING A LEAK:

Water stains on your ceilings and walls can be exceptionally bothersome as it often eats away at the walls and chips of the paint. It can be a potential cause of mold and rot If you're determined to take care of the leak yourself, take the necessary precautions: attach a harness to your waist, wear rubber sole shoes that won't slip and wait for any remaining ice to melt away before climbing up there. Finding the leak can be a pretty simple procedure yet occasionally time consuming. So, be patient. Spray the entire length of your roof, bit by bit, with a garden hose to try to locate the leak. Aim for the ridges at the intersections and the gutters; that is where most of the rainwater runs off to and are a likely place where a leak could develop. Look for projections: anything that cuts through the roof like a chimney or a skylight. These are the most obvious places for leaks. Faulty materials or improper installation of shingles may be a potential cause of leaks as well. Another cause is ice buildup which can be avoided by ensuring good ventilation and ice shields.  

USE A HELPING HAND:

You need a partner who can signal you when a drip appears while you run the hose on a particular part of the roof. This is how you will locate the source. Once you have identified the general area, remove the shingles covering the region and examine the surface underneath. You will witness clear signs if there is an actual leak. Repair the leak as best as you can, by pulling out the nails, removing damaged caulking with a knife, replacing it and applying a patch of roofing tar, cement and plywood; or better yet, hire a professional to do it for you. Make sure that the shingles are watertight when you seal them back on after eliminating the leaks.


Patching a roof needs to be done right so that it saves you trouble in the future. Your costs may vary depending upon how major the leak is and the materials you use: Asphalt, Wood, Composite or Slate.  

REPLACING A ROOF:

In cases where the damage to the roof is substantial, with recurring leaks and a sagging ceiling, it might be best to look into a complete replacement and upgrade. In the long run, this will save you a lot of money and trouble. Living under a faulty roof can be pretty dangerous too.

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