Home repairs are unwanted but ultimately necessary to keep your home in tip-top shape. While some repairs can be put off for a while, a few repairs such as cracked, curled or missing shingles require attention as soon as possible. Failing to address shingles can and will lead to severe water damage.
So what are roof shingles?
Roof shingles aren’t for cosmetic appeal. They provide a very practical purpose of providing a protective layer over the plywood sheath that is the base of your roof. They create a watertight and wind-resistant seal that protects your roof from environmental damage. Shingles are available in different materials. All types are great for protecting your roof, however, you might want to look for one that performs better based on your climate.
Before you begin
Start at the ground level and use binoculars to look for curled, missing or cracked shingles. These are signs that your roof requires repairs or complete replacement.
After checking the shingles, look at the flashing around the chimneys, skylights and roof valleys as well as the boots around vents for cracks.
If you don’t feel confident in your skills of examination or repair, hiring a professional roofing contractor can end up saving you money in the long run.
- Look at the different material options– Just because your roof was built with a certain material doesn’t mean the same material needs to replace it. Discuss your options with a contractor to see what fits your location as well as budget.
- Talk to your Home Owner’s Association (HOA)– More than a few HOA’s have regulations against different materials, colors and styles. You might pay for an expensive new roof and then discover it goes against your HOA’s regulations.
- Check your structural integrity– Having the structural integrity of your home and roof tested is a good idea before adding additional layers. You don’t want the whole thing collapsing one day.
- Taking shortcuts is a big no-no– It is expensive to work on a roof and therefore tempting to try to save money on materials used. Spending a few extra bucks here can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
- Keep onlookers off the work site– Work sites are dangerous because debris can easily cause injuries to onlookers. You don’t want a lawsuit on your hands as well as a new roof.
- Don’t block the ventilation– Keep checking that your contractor doesn’t accidentally block the ventilation systems during the roofing process.