Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

3 Signs That You Can Repair Your Roof Instead Of Replacing It

by Edgar Cruz

Do you have a roof that you suspect leaks? Have you been wondering if it's time to replace the roof entirely? Fortunately, for many people, simply repairing the damaged section is sufficient to eliminate many roofing problems. To know whether or not this is a possibility for you, there are things that you need to know or to find out about your roof. Some of the signs that you'll be able to repair your roof instead of having to replace the whole thing are:

Reused flashing: When you have a relatively new roof that's started to leak, chances are good that the last roofer reused the flashing instead of installing new flashing. Flashing consists of strips of metal that are laid underneath the shingles at the joints where two roofing angles meet, such as around chimneys or at the peak of the roof. Flashing that is reused doesn't always have the same nail holes and may not lay flat, resulting in gaps that allow water to enter your home. Although annoying, this is a relatively simple roofing repair where the roofers pull off the shingles above the flashing so that the flashing can be replaced and the shingles reinstalled. 

Sun damage: A south-facing roof is prone to receive more sun damage than a roof that faces in any other direction. If you have a south-facing roof, a roofing repair on just that side of the roof may be possible. For instance, if the shingles on the south side of the roof are starting to curl but the ones on the north side still look pristine, you may be able to replace just the damaged shingles and not have to deal with the other half of the roof for some time to come.

Layers of shingles: In some instances, a roofing repair can be performed by simply laying new shingles on top of the old ones instead of pulling the old ones completely off. Due to the decreased labor involved, this can be significantly cheaper than completely replacing the shingles in question. However, if you already have two layers of shingles on your roof, then building codes require that you have your roofer pull off the old shingles before the new ones can be added. When there are already two layers of shingles on your roof, having to remove the old shingles may mean that the entire roof needs to be replaced. 


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!