Monday, September 5, 2011

Roof Repair: Some Considerations

Roof repair like any other kind of building work is technical and requires skill so if you've discovered a problem with your roof and that it needs to be repaired, our very simple recommendation is to seek out a professional rather than attempt to repair it yourself. This is because it is likely to be quicker, better quality and (in the long run) cheaper.

But when you seek a quote from a roofer be sure to include as much detail as you can and anything else that would be useful for a roofer to know. For example,

What in your view is wrong with the roof? Not being a specialist you may not be able to describe the source of the problem but you will know the symptoms - what's happening? Is there a leak? Is it cold? Both? Can you see broken or cracked tiles or a damaged coating? Be precise.

Roof coating - maybe your roof just requires coating. There are treatments available for roofs that protect tiles etc from the weather. If this is all you require and you know it needs nothing else the explain this to a roofer.

Flat roofs - Does your home have a flat roof or sloped? Flat roofs require a special kind of care. They can be more vulnerable than sloping roofs as water does not easily drain off.

Roof restoration - roofs may require more than a simple repair job but complete restoration. Depending on the materials, extent of restoration and location this might mean specialist roof repairers. Bear this in mind if you think you have a roof that is different from the norm.

Roof replacement - likewise some roofs require complete replacement or a least partial replacement. This is different from simple roof repair. Consider this as a possibility even if your leaking problem seems small.

Gutter and facias - this is not exactly roof repair but gutters and facias are necessary parts of roofing that can easily get neglected. These require as much care and attention as the roof itself. And don't assume that a leak is the cause of a hole in your roof - it may be your guttering.

Do as much investigation as you can before you inform any prospective roof repair tradesman. Tell them about the property, explain what the 'symptoms' are then give you view of the problem. In most cases, a roof repair person is likely to want to assess a job for themselves before attempting it but a brief pre-description can help.

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