If your asphalt roof is older than its expected lifespan, you probably know it will need to be replaced soon. However, you may not have the funds and prefer to squeeze more life from your current roof. Consider hiring a roofer to check out your roof and make repairs that are needed to get your roof through another year or more if possible. You don't want a leak to go on for several more months and cause slow water damage to your home. Here are some roof repairs that may be needed to prevent water damage while you wait on a new roof.
Fix Leaky Shingles
If a spot on your roof has bad shingles because of foot traffic or tree damage, they should be replaced if they are at risk of leaking. Shingles with cracks or other damage may not provide enough protection against rain. Some cracks can be filled in and covered, so your roofer will decide on the right way to fix the damage.
If a lot of shingles on the roof are damaged, your roofer will probably need input on what you want to do. This might depend on how long you have to wait for funds for a new roof. If you can't afford to replace shingles over a wide expanse of your roof, the roofer might place a tarp over the roof to keep water out until you get enough money together to do proper repairs or a replacement.
Seal Or Replace Old Flashing
The flashing on your roof is susceptible to leaking just as the shingles are. Your roofer will check for signs of rust and corrosion, since a hole could develop that lets rain leak into the attic. Rust can be removed, or the roofer might replace the flashing if the rust is very bad.
Flashing can also come loose sometimes, and if that has happened on your roof, your roofer might use an adhesive that seals the flashing back in place.
Repair Holes From Animal Damage Or Rot
When you have an old roof, there may be rotted areas of wood that entice animals to claw or gnaw their way through the roof. Holes in the roof need to be covered so pests can't get in the attic. Ideally, rotted wood should be replaced too, but your roofer may discuss this option while keeping in mind you may be getting a new roof in several months.
By making essential roof repairs, your roof might last through another rainy season or winter so you have time to get the money together for a roof replacement.