Finally, the snow is melting but unfortunately, it’s also revealing the necessity for roofing repairs. Your roof is an important part of your home and knowing which roofing repairs are needed to preserve the integrity of your home is critical. Early detection and regular inspection of needed repairs can save money and prevent serious damage.
Not sure what to look for? You’re not alone. It’s best to consult a professional like Pro-Homes Services to determine which roof problems can easily be repaired and which are tied to deeper structural damage that may require a full roof replacement.
The following are the most common roofing issues homeowners face. If you recognize your own home in the description, it may be time to call a professional and begin repairs.
Without a doubt, the most common call we receive at Pro-Home Services is for roofing repairs needed from storm damage. Hail and high winds can whisk away the protective layer of the shingles, leaving the exposed roof vulnerable to the sun, insects, and rodents. Although this roofing repair is not preventable, an inspection from an honest, local contractor following a storm can save your roof from further damage.
These fall under the category of “emergency repairs” as the most common, visible, and urgent sign of a roof problem. Leaks have many causes, including cracked flashing, broken and missing shingles, clogged gutters and more. Leaks can also be indicated by the telltale signs of discolored ceilings or damp walls. Always call a professional to determine the cause and location and make an appointment with a roofing company for an annual inspection.
Snow and Ice
Here in the Midwest, it is essential that residential roofs must be well protected from ice and snow. Ice dams are always possible and can cause severe problems. Water can seep underneath your shingles as ice and snow melts. If it refreezes, the ice can lift the shingles or the flashing and cause a gap in your roof, allowing more ice and water to enter. Having your roof inspected in fall to ensure your roof is ready for winder is important to make sure all shingles are properly placed and weatherproof. Removing snow from your roof is also a good practice. Pro-Homes has had many repair calls from snow and ice damage which could have been prevented with a simple seasonal inspection or routine maintenance.
So beautiful, yet potentially destructive, branches from trees can rub against your roof wearing down its protective layer. Tree limbs resting against the house can also encourage wildlife to make themselves at home in your attic or crawl space. Then there is the possibility of an overhanging tree limb falling onto your house in a storm. To prevent these potential roofing repairs, it is important to maintain the tree by trimming it throughout the year or consider removing it from your landscape if it is an ongoing threat to your roof.
Roofs and gutters work together like a team of horses for the high performance of your exterior. Clogged gutters are problematic, and if left unchecked, can cause trouble for your roof. If your gutters are clogged, water can pool up and run underneath your eaves, leading to serious damage to the roof and possible leaks. It is recommended that you clean your gutters several times a year, especially in fall. Another smart option is to install gutter guards. These will deter any debris from ever entering the gutter, save you the hassle of cleaning, and extend the life of your roof and gutters.
Home ownership and roofing repairs go hand in hand, and except in cases of emergency, we are usually helping homeowners who got busy and missed the maintenance they needed on their roof. Sticking to a maintenance schedule can help keep costs down and keep your most priceless assets (your family) safe from the elements. Pro-Homes Services knows your time and money are valuable and we are part of the Chicagoland community, helping protect families from the elements since 2003. From roofing replacements, to new siding, windows and doors to minor repairs, we are happy to help you, our neighbor. Give us a call today! (630)790-0800.