When it comes time to do repair work on your Shady Dale 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 Shady Dale 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.
The Roof Repair Improvement Advice
Flat roofs are completely different from sloped roofs. Water can run down sloped roofs and go down to the drain. But that is not the case on flat roofs. The entire flat roof must have a layer of watertight seal so that water cannot come through the roof and cause leaks in the house. But like the sloped roof, flat roofs can get damaged and thus need roof repair. It's a good thing that you can do roof repair on flat roofs, as long as you know how to. How do you do it? Here's how.
The first thing you should do is to prepare the items you'll need for the roof repair. Get a mallet, roofing nails, putty knife, utility knife, brooms and roofing cement. These are all the materials needed to repair your flat roof.
To begin roof repair, go to your roof and locate the problems. If you found peeled regions or fractures on it, then do the following steps: Get rid of the dust and dirt on the roof using the broom. Roofing cement cannot stick on surfaces with dirt, that's why you need to make sure that the entire area is clean. Now cut a shape on to the area where the fracture or peel was discovered. If there are multiple fractures or peels, make use of the same shapes for uniformity. Use the cut shape to make a pattern on the replacement shingles. The size and shape that you create on the replacement shingle should be accurate. If you made a mistake on the size, create multiple replacement shingles so that the shingles can be on the same level as the area on it. Make another replacement shingle. This one must be at least 2 inches larger than the other shingles.
Put the putty knife in the area of the edges. Put roofing cement under the edges. Now, attach the shingle on the hole and nail it down. Cement the shingle. If you are going to use multiple shingles to level the area, the other shingles must not be cemented. Just hammer it down with nails. Tack down the larger replacement shingle on the area and put roofing cement on its edges for the seal.
If there are split shingles on your flat roof, then you need to do a different method. First, slash the shingle into two. Open the slashed area and put roofing cement on it. Use roofing nails to tack down the sides of the shingle. Add a replacement shingle using a similar method as described on the repairing of fractured areas.
Roof repair for your flat roof should now be done. You are now protected from water leaks in the meanwhile. Check your roof regularly to maintain it and prevent anymore leaks.
Flat Roof Repair Advice
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.