When is the Right Time for Roof Repair?

On a stormy, rainy, or bitterly cold and snowy day, nothing compares with the feeling of security you get from knowing you've got a sturdy roof from Chase Construction over your head. Inversely, that almost smug feeling of being absolutely safe and protected against the elements can easily be marred at the sight of water dripping down from your ceiling. Unfortunately, the reality is that over time, your roof will eventually experience damage and slowly break down due to its constant exposure to external factors such as rain, snow, strong sunlight, or falling debris.

Good for you if your roof's still sturdy enough to withstand the elements after a few necessary repairs. But a roof won't last forever � and you'll eventually need to have it torn down and replaced. Roof replacement will give you the benefit of  having a completely new roof that's totally free from damage. However, getting a new roof can take  a lot of time and expense, so if the roof can still be repaired, it's still an option that homeowners will find worth considering.
Knowing when roof repair is a better choice than total roof replacement is the key to getting the most out of your budget. You can have a roof problem repaired, but if the roof is already deteriorated, there�s good chance that you�ll end up paying more for constant repairs in the the long run. On the other hand,  if your roof is relatively new, it would be smarter to consider having it repaired first.

One thing about roof repairs that you need to keep in mind is  to deal with roof problems before they do major damage. This means always watching out for early signs of roof issues such as the following:
The growth of moss or mold � Unsightly spots caused by moss and mold growth on your ceiling means there�s too much moisture where it shouldn�t be. There are times when issues such as these are caused by roof leaks, but they can also be caused by poor roof ventilation or insulation. Regardless, early repairs should be no problem for a roof professional.
Bumps and dents � Roof bumps or dents are caused by debris falling on your roof hard enough to deform the roof surface. While they�re not as bad as having holes in your roof, an impact strong enough to cause a dent may also cause misalignment of panels which, in turn, will  cause gaps along the seams. Fortunately, it�s easier for a roofer to get rid of a dent � before leaks even occur.

Rust streaks� Sometimes, you�ll see odd reddish or brown streaks running along your roof. These are caused by bits of rust getting carried along by rainwater. Most of the rust comes from metal components such as old screws or nails that keep roof tiles and shingles in place. Roofers can repair your roof by replacing the rusty metal parts, especially nails that have become too weak to secure the roof tiles in place.
Discoloration on roof beams � Slightly discolored spots on the wood or metal parts of your roof are clear signs of water getting past your roof. Given enough time, water can weaken wood and metal supports, but its easier to replace problem areas than it would be to fix entire collapsed roof sections.
Although repairs work best when roof problems haven�t caused any major damage yet, it�s strongly recommended to avoid repairing any damage on your own. Leave the repairs to the professionals to make sure you get the best results. 

Scott Siegal is the owner of Maggio Roofing, a leading roofing company in Takoma Park, Md. He is also  president of the Certified Contractors Network and a veteran in the roofing and home improvement industry. He shares relevant insights on roof installation through his blog posts.

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