A new homeowner will soon realize that a house is a large and complex piece of hardware that requires regular inspections and maintenance to keep in good shape. This ranges from checking the pipes for leaks all the way to replacing damaged floorboards to carrying out home roof inspections. After all, a house’s roof is tough but not indestructible, and home roof inspections can diagnose a problem early before it becomes worse. A homeowner can climb on a ladder to check their roof and gutter with their own eyes, and they can also ask professional roofers to carry out an inspection of this hardware. A leaking roof will need some repair right away, and if the roof suffered severe trauma, then it is time for emergency roof repair services to get on the scene right away. In some cases, it may be best to replace the entire roof altogether.
Emergency Roofing Options
Not all roof damage cases are severe enough to call for emergency roofing services. A leaking roof will not require this, but serious trauma will. Imagine a powerful hurricane or tornado whose winds and windblown debris tears off entire chunks of the roof at a time, or breaks off pieces of it with debris. Or, a large tree may fall over and crash right into the roof, or lightning strikes the roof and blasts a hole in it. Such trauma creates huge holes in the roof, and once a storm passes, the homeowner is urged to call upon emergency roof services. These professionals can remove a fallen tree or debris, and place tarps and other temporary hardware to seal off the roof’s gaps and holes. This can help keep water and debris out of the attic until proper repair services arrive.
Roofing Repair Done Right
Meanwhile, a home roof inspection can reveal damaged or missing tiles, and a homeowner may indirectly diagnose a leaky roof by spotting intruding water in the house. A leaking roof has cracks and holes, and probably some missing tiles, which allows rain water and melting snow to leak right in. Such intruding water can rot and warp wood in the attic, not to mention damage the house’s drywall and short out electrical components in the walls and spur mold growth. Leaks in the roof (especially combined with poor insulation) allows warm or cool air to leak right out of the house, which disrupts the climate control. In some cases, squirrels chew their way into the roof and build nests in the air conditioning, not to mention chew on plastic pipes and wires. The holes that these squirrels chewed allow for major air drafts and water leaks.
So, a concerned homeowner can look up roofing contractors and residential roof repair crews online, and compare a few local businesses until they settle on one to hire. A contractor’s website may feature images, videos, and articles showcasing their work, not to mention previous customer reviews and contact information. Once on the scene, these workers can repair and replace missing tiles, not to mention replace damaged wood and pour liquid rubber to seal any cracks or holes (and prevent new ones from forming). These experts can also remove intruding squirrels and patch up the holes that they chewed in the attic, then apply paint or glue to repel wildlife. If the roof suffered serious damage, the workers will need time to replace all of the badly damaged or missing parts.
In some cases, the roof was blown off entirely, or it is so badly damaged or leaky that repairs cost more than they are worth. If this is the case, then the homeowner should hire roof replacement contractors, who can remove a badly damaged roof and install a brand new one all at once. Someone who buys a very old house may conduct a home roof inspection and realize that the shoddy old roof can be replaced for a better price, and house flippers might do this, too. A new shingle roof is tough and free of leaks, and a metal roof also has appeal. Metal roofs are even tougher and last longer than shingle ones, and they can be recycled once their lifetime has finally expired later on.