Is it better to repair or replace my roof?
Take a look at the following and make your own decision.
Aside from the leak, the remainder of your roof is in good shape. How will you be able to tell?
We'll let you know! Simply because your roof is leaking does not necessitate the purchase of a new roof. It's the equivalent of buying a new car because you have a flat tire. In many circumstances, a roof can be repaired rather than replaced.
Yes, if you haven't had a leak in a long time or at any other time, you're satisfied with way it appears, and you want to save money.
Roofs are, without a doubt, a crucial component of every home (an obvious statement, really). It's your home's first line of defense against the elements and other nasty scenarios the world can throw at it. Despite this, they are frequently disregarded when it comes to repairs and upkeep. A broken roof can generate a slew of issues that should not be overlooked. Repairing your home's roof, on the other hand, comes with a slew of potential issues and grave risks. Let us, the roofing specialists, handle it. Our experience helps us to keep your roof repaired and performing as it should in a safe and efficient manner. Roof repairs that folks around Spartanburg rely on are available from our local team!
Here are a few examples of issues that arise which may demand of homeowners to consider repairs for your roof, or as we mentioned, it s possible if the damage is far-gone enough, consider replacing your roof:
For most homeowners, a roof leak is a huge annoyance. It can be aggravating to locate a leak. The principle of gravity is used by the great majority of roof coverings. This can be quite useful in pinpointing the source of a leak. Horizontal roof planks, on the other hand, can deceive you. A leak could be eight to ten feet away from the damp ceiling or attic place where you observe it.
If your roof is older, the leak could be coming from the roof field. This refers to the length of shingles. If your leak is within the field of shingles, a comprehensive investigation will reveal it. Do not try to scale your roof. The ceiling is covered with millions of sand-like grains. These granules can get dislodged under foot pressure, especially if the roof is older, and cause an avalanche, leading you to lose your footing and risk serious harm.
A valley is a line that connects two roof planes. Valleys are constructed in a variety of methods. Metal flashings are used in certain valleys, while others are referred to as “underlapped” and have the upper shingle cut to produce a straight line in the valley's center. The woven or laced valley is the most prevalent type of valley built in South Carolina. Valleys can be a major headache if the shingles aren't properly clipped. When you cut a shingle for a valley, the end of the shingle ends up with a chisel tip. Water can travel over the top of the shingle and into your house if a second cut is not performed to make this point like an arrow point.
Flashings on the Head Wall
Some roofs come to a halt against a vertical wall. Water running down the wall must be directed away from the shingles' stopping point by a metal or membrane flashing. Behind wood siding or in front of a brick wall, this flashing may be found. The flashing should go all the way around the shingle. The flashing must bend and extend one inch into a mortar joint if the wall is brick or other masonry. Roofing cement should never be used with these types of materials. If you see this, it means someone tried to fix the leak incorrectly.
Flashing Wall Steps
Roof leaks can occur at step flashings. These flashings can be found when a roof meets a vertical wall. A step flashing is put over the shingle close to the wall when each row of shingles is laid. Part of the step flashing extends up the wall, while the rest is hidden beneath the next row of shingles. If flashing is installed along a brick or exposed veneer wall, it must be accompanied with a counter-flashing for the flashings to function effectively.
Leaks from chimneys are very prevalent, and not to be ignored. One of the most complicated locations on the roof is the chimney, which has four different types of flashing. Chimneys must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis to ensure a leak-free home. A rubber seal with urethane flashing is used in several of them. Depending on sun exposure and attic temperatures, the rubber collar's life expectancy can be as little as 5 to 7 years. Under the shingles that continue up the roof from the center of the plumbing vent, the boot flashing should be put. The granulated top side of the shingles should be covered by the bottom part of the boot flashing.