How can a homeowner recognize when a roof has problems?
All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections can often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it totally replaced?
Not necessarily. Leaking can result because some flashings have come loose or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, however, is generally irreversible and results from improper installation or choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building.
Can’t I just do the work myself?
Most work should not be do-it-yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Novices can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques and severely injure themselves by falling off or even through a roof in need of repair or replacement. Homeowner maintenance should be confined to roof inspections in both the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles, and for cleaning rain gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must see the roof for yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) if possible.
How long can I expect my roof to last?
The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your local environment and the maintenance which the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years; wood shingle/shakes, 10-40 years; clay/concrete tiles, 20+ years; slate, 30-100 years; metal roofing, 15-40+years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations they will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lifetimes. One of the most crucial things to understand concerning the value of your home is the importance of repairing your roof. Should your home sustain any damage from high winds, storms or other disasters, you will definitely want to call a professional out to take a look. Unless you are familiar with roof repair and have experience doing so, calling on a professional is the best way to ensure the job will be performed properly.
Leaky Skylight Repair
There are a number of different factors that can lead to a leaky skylight. improperly fitted, extreme conditions or accidents Some skylight leaks are simple and are easily to handle, don’t wait until you’re experiencing severe interior effects, such as ceiling staining or flooring damage, call Abraham Roofing contractors to evaluate the damage.
Roof Valley Repair
The most likely place a leak will occur is at your roof valley. There are several reasons for roof valley leaks. It could be due to improper placement of roofing nails or due to aged shingles. A roof valley is a common collector for leaves, limbs, snow and ice. Remember, a valley leak can lead to high costs for homeowners if not repaired immediately. Consider hiring a professional roofer to repair all roof valley leaks.
Chimney Flashing Repair
Chimney flashing is necessary to seal and protect the joints between a home’s roof and chimney from water penetration. They constantly expand and contract in response to changes in humidity, temperature and age.
Vent Pipe Repair
These vents often have collars around their base, to keep rain water and debris from leaking into your attic. When those collars rust or fray, water can pool into your attic, causing damage to the inside of your home. If you need to repair or replace your roof vent pipes contact, consider contacting us today.