When it comes time to do repair work on your Lithia Springs 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.
Roof Repair Cost - How to Hire the Right Roofing Contractor
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.
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When it comes to roofing material, most homeowners want something that is durable and long lasting, yet affordable. For a long time they had to choose between a high-cost tile or slate roof that lasted a good amount of time but required extra bracing to support its weight and they aren't cheap, or shake or shingle roofs that were less expensive but had a short lifespan. Now homeowners can have the best of both worlds with metal roofing.
While upfront you may pay slightly more for a metal roof over shake or shingle, the benefits of a metal roof far outweigh the difference. For one, your metal roof will last a lot longer than these other materials, so you are saving yourself from paying for a new roof over the next 40-50 years. Some appraisers are even adding about $1.25 per square foot to the appraised price of the home if it has a metal roof on it!
Since a metal roof will reflect heat in the summer there are additional savings when it gets hot. Metal roofs allow your home to stay cooler in hot weather, which can save you up to 40% in cooling costs. There is also little maintenance involved to keep a metal roof, so you won't have to pay someone to come to your home and make repairs.
A metal roof is lightweight, and it will not crack, bend or warp like other building materials. Over many years your metal roof will stay looking great, while your neighbor's asphalt roof begins to grow moss and crack around the edges. You can get a metal roof in nearly any color you like, and if you don't like the standard sheet-type metal roof then try looking at the new types of patterns that are made to look like tiles or shingles.
If you live in an area where you get high winds, then a metal roof will save you money here as well. Metal roofs can withstand up to 120mph winds, so after a big storm you won't be picking pieces of your roof out of the trees around your home. You can sit on the porch instead and watch everyone else repair their roofs.
Installing a metal roof also costs less. Normally a metal roof can be added to the home without removing the previous roofing material which will save on the cost of disposal and the time to take it off. One or two people can install the roof, and it doesn't have to be done by a professional. As long as you can follow the instructions that come with the roofing material you should be fine.
Since metal roofing weighs less than shake or shingle, you will pay less to have it shipped to your home, and there will be little to no waste produced as the sheets should exactly fit your home. Once completed you will have a lovely new roof that will likely last longer than the time you will spend living in your home.