When it comes time to do repair work on your Pontoon Beach 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.
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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.
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What is true when considering roof repair cost? Should you hire one roof repair company over another simply because the cost is less? Is it better to get estimates from 2 or three or ten contractors? How do you know who to trust. Big companies or smaller local companies? And most important, do you need a roof repair or will the damage cost much more than a fast in-and-out repair and lead to major renovations?
Unfortunately most home owners opt for the lowest price. Does this work? Yes, sometimes. You can receive some excellent service from small local roofing businesses. You can also receive excellent service from some of the big hitters, you know - the roofing companies that have been around for 80 years or more.
But true cost is not about age or size - it is about quality service, dedication, proven track record, excellent referrals (word of mouth goes a very long way), and finally the ability of the roof repair company to understand WHY your roof needs a repair in the first place!
Getting confused yet?
Roof repair cost is also another consideration. You may get 5 different repair cost prices. One for $500, another for$1200, and another for $3200. Now what? As earlier mentioned, most of us go for the lowest price.
Let's see this scenario from YOUR point of view, or possible point of view: You notice some water stains on your bedroom ceiling. Great. A leak! That's all you need, right? So you go through the tedious task of going online (or perhaps you are one of the few remaining people still using that big, heavy, yellow book) and you make some phone calls and try your best to get someone to your house to tell you why you have stains on your bedroom ceiling.
Fine. You did your job as a home owner with a roof leak. Congratulate yourself.
But it ain't over until the fat lady sings... you want 100% trustworthy service, no-nonsense, and you truly WANT to be able to trust the roof repair company you hire. Oh, pardon me - at a competitive price, to boot!
Fantastic! You are well on your way!
One thing though... most roofing companies do not have the time to travel to your house (often across the entire city), pay for the gas, the one or two guys sitting in the work truck driving to your house, the time to speak with you, to look in your bedroom, to check your roof, to check your attic, to check all the possible areas of your roof that MAY have caused the leak that stains your bedroom ceiling, AND to write up a report about all this FOR FREE!!!!!
Bottom line - if you really want to get excellent service, top-notch roof repair, fast and reliable service, you need to pay for it. If a roof repair business charges money to inspect problems on your roof so you can have your roof repair handled right, pay the cost of the initial visit to your home.
Think of it this way: A lessor roof repair company will not have the confidence to charge an upfront cost to visit your home because they do not value their time enough. And you will pay the cost anyway, one way or the other. Guaranteed. Be smart and don't short-change yourself. Pay for quality.
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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.