If you think your roof is in bad shape, you must act fast. Every day without fixing a leaky roof does more damage to the timbers and rooms below.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, a basic inspection is the best place to start. Look out for damp stains, mildew, and bubbling paint. Contact Roof Repair NJ for professional help.
Roof flashing is the thin material that covers and protects areas of a roof that are prone to leaks, such as valleys where two slopes of the roof meet or protrusions like chimneys and skylights. It is usually made of a rust-resistant metal such as galvanized steel or copper and is secured to the roof with an adhesive or sealant. Flashing is also installed around any pipes or vents that penetrate the roof. These areas are prone to water damage because the penetrations can allow for rainwater or other precipitation to get into gaps and cause damage to the underlying structure of the roof.
If a flashing area becomes damaged, it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent leaks. A roofing contractor will examine the area to make sure that there are no breaks or cracks in the flashing. They may also look at the edges to see if they are beginning to deteriorate. If the flashing is old and the galvanization has corroded, it will need to be replaced.
A roof repair specialist will use a ladder to examine the flashing and if necessary, will remove and replace it with new flashing. The repair specialist will also use a roofing cement to ensure that the flashing is secure and waterproof.
In some cases, a roof repair specialist will need to use a sheet of copper or aluminum flashing as opposed to galvanized steel to provide better corrosion resistance. This can be a more expensive option but it is worth the extra investment to keep your roof in good condition and protect your home.
A roof leak is a problem that can damage the interior of your home. Even a small leak left unattended can create mold and mildew, ruin walls and flooring coverings, rot framing and cause deterioration of insulation and ceilings. If water penetrates electrical wiring, it can also be a fire hazard and increase energy bills. Leaking roofs are not only a financial burden, they can also diminish the value of your home and make your life uncomfortable.
Leaks are often the result of damaged flashing. This is a thin layer of protective metal, such as galvanized steel or copper, installed around joints, crevices and vertical surfaces to prevent water from entering the house. It is usually installed on top of the shingles, and nails are driven through it and the shingle to secure it. If a nail punctures the flashing, it will lift the existing seal and allow water to enter your home. To repair a leak in the flashing, you must remove shingles above the leak and then either lift up or cut off the affected section of shingle. You can then fill the gap, replace the flashing and reapply caulking.
Another common source of leaks is roof vents. These can include attic fans, turbines, plumbing soil stack pipes and other elements that have a metal vent extending from the roof. When these are damaged, the surrounding shingles can be blown off and allow rain to seep into the attic. In the past, vents were often sealed with a rubber boot that slipped over the roof penetration. Over time, these boots can wear out and become leaking.
The best way to track down a leak is to go into the attic with a flashlight and look for evidence. The location of the leak will be apparent from water stains or a dark spot on the ceiling below. Infrared thermal cameras can also pinpoint the location of the leak. Once you have a good idea of the location, you can use a tarp to cover the area until it is repaired. The professional roofers at Above Roofing can handle this process for you and recommend a long-term solution that will keep your home safe and dry during heavy rains.
Animals, especially rodents and squirrels, love to nest in attics. They often cause damage by chewing through shingles and vents in the course of their search for warm, dry shelter. If left unchecked, this can lead to a serious critter infestation. The first sign of a critter problem is usually gnawing marks or droppings. In addition, you may hear scratching or scurrying sounds during the day.
Raccoons are notorious for tearing through shingles and creating large holes in the roof in their quest to find a warm, safe home. If the resulting gap isn’t immediately closed, the pests will continue to gnaw and tear at the opening, causing additional damage and potential structural issues for your house.
Once inside your attic, mice, rats and squirrels will continue to create problems by chewing through electrical wires, PVC pipes and other building materials. Their guano deposits can also be toxic to humans and pets and can lead to serious health issues if not addressed quickly.
Fortunately, animal infestation is often preventable with proper maintenance and preventative measures. Keep trees trimmed, so they don’t provide easy access to your roof; clean out gutters regularly, so animals don’t use them as a highway up to your attic; and install animal-proof vent covers on all open roof areas.
In addition, it’s a good idea to plan regular roof inspections. This will give you a chance to identify potential animal entry points before they become major problems and can help you avoid costly repair bills in the future.
If you spot any signs of an animal infestation, be sure to contact a professional wildlife removal service. They will safely and humanely remove the animals, assess the extent of their damage and recommend the best repairs and preventative measures to ensure your home is free from these unwanted guests in the future.
When a shingle is damaged, it becomes a weak point and can allow water to seep into your home. Shingles can also be affected by severe storms, sun exposure and the age of your roof. Regularly inspecting the shingles is crucial for catching problems before they become serious, or damage the entire roof.
Depending on the type of roof you have, you may need to repair just a few shingles or replace all of them. You can often spot a shingle problem from the ground, but climbing up onto the roof (always wear safety equipment) is necessary to fully assess the damage.
Once up on the roof, look for visual clues like granule loss or a shingle that has begun to curl up or downward. This can indicate that the shingle is aging and needs to be replaced. You should also look for other signs of damage, including leaks and moisture stains.
Replacing a shingle requires a hammer, flat pry bar and a utility knife. The first step is to break the sealant bond holding the target shingle in place by sliding your pry bar under the shingle directly above it. Then tap it with the back of your hammer, but be careful not to hit it too hard — this can damage the shingle’s granular surface. Once the sealant has been broken, you can lift up the shingle to expose the nails that keep it in place.
After removing the nails, pull out the damaged shingle. To help prevent future problems, you should also replace the nail head, as a protruding nail head can create a point of weakness that allows more moisture in.
If you’re replacing all of the shingles, you can simply place the new one on top of the damaged one. However, if you’re just replacing a few shingles, it’s important to match the color and texture of the replacement with the existing shingles for a consistent appearance.
If you notice that the shingle edges are curling up or down, you can stop this by placing a strip of caulking or roof sealant along the back edge of the new shingle. This will help prevent moisture and wind from getting under the shingle, lifting it and damaging your roof.