When it comes time to do repair work on your Statham 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 Statham 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.
Roof Care and Maintenance Tips
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.
Roof Replacement: Signs That an Asphalt Shingle Roof Needs Replacement
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.