When it comes time to do repair work on your Lindale roof, you have two options. You can either call a roofing contractor to do the work for you or you can do the repairs on your own.
A common problem with roofing repairs is that people tend to ignore them. Of course, if you are ignoring a problem, you don’t have to deal with it at all. However, as with most household problems, the longer you let them go, the more severe they become. If you have a leak in your home or see water damage on the ceiling, it’s time to do something about it now. You don’t want to wait until the leak gets worse or until the whole ceiling is damaged. However, this is what most people do.
Choosing a Lindale Georgia Roof Installation Contractor
Now that you know that you must tackle this job, you need to see where the problem actually is coming from. If you are going to try to tackle this job on your own, then it’s time to do some investigating. The roof cavity is the best place to start. Check for signs of a leak, water stains, mold or moisture damage. Oftentimes, this may be in an attic area or around a chimney.
Roofing professionals are called professionals for a very good reason. They are skilled at their given profession, which in this case would be roofing. They know what needs to be done to fix a roof properly and they also have the tools and equipment to do the work. Also, a professional roofer is used to working on roofs. Their chances of falling and hurting themselves are much less than if you attempt to try it. There are many accidents each year by people who are not in good health attempting to climb on roofs to do the job themselves.
When choosing a professional, however, don’t be too hasty in making your decision. As in any profession, there are going to be variations on roofing companies. While some will be more expensive, some will cost less, but this doesn’t mean that they are going to do a good job. On the other hand, you must use good discretion and ask questions to make sure you are getting what you pay for.
A professional roofer should come to your property and take a look before giving you an estimate. Once the estimate is done, you should receive a copy of an invoice that lists each cost separately. This is important for when you compare various contractors. You want to make sure that the estimates you are receiving are for the same work and materials.
Commercial Roofing Leak Repair: What to Expect
The two most common types of roofs for commercial structures are flat and pitched roofs. Each has their advantages and disadvantages for construction, and also their own challenges for leak repair.
Flat roofs are popular for commercial roofing because of their inexpensive design and the ability to house large mechanics, such as industrial air conditioners, upon the level surface. However, the flat design suffers when it comes to rain and snow, making most repairs related to weather leakage. Thankfully, patching a leak is a relatively straightforward task.
For the first step, a professional will need to locate the leak. That sounds elementary, but if your building has a BUR flat roof (Built-Up Roofs, the "tar and gravel" style) this might be the first big challenge as BUR roofs are notoriously difficult to find leaks. Single-Ply roofs (rubber membrane roofs), on the other hand, because of their seam sealed design make finding leaks easier. However, punctures and cracks are also more common.
After the damaged area is found, a professional will sweep the area of extra debris (BUR roof gravel can break loose over years of weather exposure) and then cut a patch around the leak as uniformly shaped as possible. Using that cut out area as a guide, the repairman will cut a replacement patch. The important part here will be to cut enough replacement pieces (or shingles) to build up all of the layers of the roof. BUR roofs can have many layers, as that is their core design. Here the benefit for the Single-Ply roof, being literally a single layer, will come into play with much less repair materials needed. Once the layers are replaced with the new cut shingles, a larger shingle will be cut to place overtop the patched area and sealed to prevent leakage through the cut seams.
Pitched roofs have a slope of more than 10 degrees to the horizontal surface. Although less common than flat roofs for commercial buildings, they are still used, especially in areas of heavy snowfall. Leaks on pitched roofs can come from problems with the shingles or tiles, but also in the flashing or valleys. Flashing is the sheet metal used around structures on a roof, such as chimneys, that is designed to force water down and away from seams. Valleys are lead lined areas found on multiple pitched roofs used for water runoff creating a gutter effect where the two pitches meet.
If you do live in an area of extreme weather, repairing a pitched roof will be considerably more difficult in the bad months, especially for the safety of the repairman. Usually he or she will look under the roof on the interior to find the leak, and then where the leakage is will determine the repairs.
For damaged shingles, a shingle ripper will be used to detach the shingle from the roof. Most are held by four or more nails (depending on the type of shingle). Then a new shingle will be slid into place, nailed down, and sealed. Clay or rounded tiles will require the chipping away of the securing mortar, tile replacement, and then reapplying of the mortar. If the flashing or valleys are damaged, the professional will have to determine whether the area can be patched or requires replacement. For cracks, flashing tape can be adhered to the roof to prevent further leakage. However, in more severe damage, the entire flashing or valley may need to be removed and replaced.
Do not hesitate to seek help for leakage repair as the more the area is exposed to the elements, the more advanced the repair job will be. If you think your roof may have a leak, contact a commercial roofing repair specialist or a commercial roofing company near you.
Commercial Flat Roof Repair - Resources and Materials
Depending on the climate where the house is located, an asphalt shingle roof lasts anywhere from twenty to thirty years. Due to the long lifespan of the roof, many homeowners do not think about replacing it before the shingles significantly deteriorate. If a home has a shingle roof that displays any of the signs below, consult with a provider of roofing maintenance to determine whether the home needs roof replacement.
Loss of Shingle Granules
Loss of shingle granules is one of the first signs that shingles will need to be replaced soon. Initially, the loss of granules can be detected by inspecting the inside of the gutter. Because the granules are dense, they often sit in the trough as water runs over them. As the loss of granules progresses, shingles reveal their asphalt composition and darken. If the roof on a home has gradually darkened, the loss of shingle granules may be the cause.
In hot climates, shingle roof systems commonly develop small blisters that can fill with water. Although water filled blisters are more common on flat commercial roofs, they can occur on shingle ones as well. Over time, blisters that contain water may release moisture into the deck, and cause it to sag. Although severely blistered shingles may succeed at deflecting water for a few more months, having a provider of roof maintenance perform a roof replacement will prevent the roof deck from needing to be replaced, which is a significant expense considering the level of materials and labor that are involved.
Shingles may buckle for several reasons, including moss growing under the outer edge of the shingle, storm damage, and damage to the roof deck. Regardless of the cause of the buckling, it should be inspected as soon as possible to prevent significant leaks form developing. Buckled shingles have actually been displaced from their normal position, which allows water to flow underneath them and causes leaks that are visible on the inside of the ceiling.
Curling, which typically occurs from long-term weather exposure, signifies the last phase of a shingle's life. The curling begins at the front edge of the shingle, and may reach a point where the shingle appears almost cylindrical when it is viewed from the side. Some homeowners make the mistake of trying to nail curled shingles back in place. If the shingles do not crack from being plied back into place, the nails that hold them will cause small leaks. If enough nails are used, the entire deck could become saturated.
No homeowner likes to think about roof replacement, but after twenty to thirty years, most asphalt shingle roofs need to be replaced. If the shingles on a roof display a loss of granules, blistering, buckling, or curling, they are nearing - or have reached - the end of their lifespan. To prevent a home from experiencing water damage that is expensive to repair, have its roof inspected by a provider of roofing maintenance today.