If you own a home, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a roof leak or the need to replace the roof on your house. Some of the things that can happen to the roof require a roofing contractor to repair, and others may not, but It is important to know when to call a roofing contractor to make the repairs you need.
Many times you do not need a new roof on your home, but you do have damage that you need a roofing contractor repair for you. Shingles coming loose from the roof are not difficult to fix, but the roofing contractor will need to assess the condition of the shingles around the loose ones to determine how many need replacing.
A few shingles will often come loose after a storm or weather event, and the wind has caught the edge of the shingles. Once the wind gets under the shingles, lifting them even a little can put stress on the shingles around the ones that lift. A lot of times, the surrounding shingles are not damaged, but the roofing contractor will need to nail them back down for you when they replace the ones that are damaged.
Homes with chimneys, vent pipes, or a dormer on the roof, often have metal flashing that seals the area where the shingles meet these structures. The flashing directs water away from these areas and helps the water run off the roof, but if the flashing gets pulled loose or bent, it can allow water to get in behind it and allow it to leak.
Water that gets behind the flashing will run under the shingles and eventually end up in the home. The water can damage the wood under the roof, allowing it to rot over time if the flashing is not repaired.
The flashing is typically aluminum, so it can bend easily, and sometimes if the shingles near the flashing pull up, the flashing will come loose as well. If you see an area od flashing on the roof that appears damaged, have a roofing contractor look at it to determine if the flashing needs replacing or resealing to keep the water out.
Sagging Roof Sections
Another concern that can indicate a need for a roofing contractor to inspect the roof is a noticeable sag in the roofline. If the roof is sagging in the middle, it can be significant. Sometimes this is an indication of rot under the shingles and a roof that needs replacing. The roofing contractor will let you know if the roof needs replacing after a complete inspection of it.
Wondering what else might require you to call a roofing contractor for? Contact your local contractor today with your questions.