There are a lot of milestones that come with being a first-time homeowner. One you might not be particularly excited to reach is your first roof repair experience. The first time you see shingles peeling or flapping in the breeze, you probably know you should call a roof repair contractor for service — but you may not know much more than that. Here are some questions homeowners often have the first time they need shingle repairs.
How do you know if you need a new roof or just a shingle replacement?
If the damage is limited to just one or two areas, you typically just need repairs. If you see damaged shingles all over the roof, on the other hand, it may be time for a new roof. Peeling, curling, chipped, and crumbling shingles all count as damaged shingles. You can also consider the age of the roof. If it's only a few years old, it probably can just be repaired. If it's decades old, you may be looking at a replacement.
Can you repair the roof yourself?
Some homeowners do attempt their own roof repairs. If you're handy and comfortable at heights, this may be possible. However, it's not usually advised. One small mistake could lead to a leak that compromises the rest of your roof. By hiring professionals, you can be assured that the roof is repaired correctly. This is important since the roof exists to protect the entirety of your home.
What if you fix the shingles, but the roof keeps leaking?
This does happen from time to time. If the roofer comes out and replaces your damaged shingles, but you still see water coming into your attic, that means the damaged shingles were probably not the source of the leak in the first place. Rather, the leak could be coming from some damaged or lifted flashing. Or, there may be some popped-up nails in another part of the roof. Water can run down the roof deck before actually entering your attic, so it's not always easy to tell exactly where it is coming from.
If this happens to you, just call the roofer back. They'll come take a closer look, find the real source of the leak, and make repairs.
With these questions answered, you should be better prepared to have your roof repaired for the first time. This is an experience to remember as a new homeowner.
To have your roof inspected, contact a roofing service in your area such as Able-Warnecke Roofing Inc.