Roofs may look like simple structures, but they’re actually quite complicated. It’s common for people to have questions about roofs and how they should be cared for and repaired. If you’re a homeowner with questions about roofing materials and roof repairs, you can get the answers you seek from an expert. Below are some of the common homeowner questions about roofs.
1. What Is Flashing, and Why Is It Important?
Flashing is a waterproof layer found beneath shingles to protect the roof from water. Flashing can be made of any waterproof material but is often steel, aluminum, or PVC. Flashing is usually very thin and is typically found at very specific points on the roof, like at parts where two sections of the roof intersect.
Without flashing, water would leak into the crevices where shingles or roofing tiles meet your chimney. You can sometimes spot the flashing of your roof around your chimney and around your vents, but a large portion of your flashing is not visible because it is found underneath your roofing tiles.
2. Which Roof Repairs Should Be Done Professionally?
Virtually all roof repairs should be done professionally. Professional roofers have the training, materials, and tools to ensure that roof repairs are done properly. Homeowners who do their own roof repairs can easily cause more damage than good.
In addition, roof repair can be dangerous without the proper safety equipment. Legitimate roofing contractors will use safety equipment to prevent falls and other accidents. Homeowners who take on their own repairs risk falling from their roof, which could be lethal.
3. Do Old Shingles Have to Be Torn Off Before Re-Roofing?
Sometimes, a new layer of shingles can be installed over an old layer. Whether or not this is possible depends in part on the roof pitch and some other factors. When hiring a roofer to add a new layer of shingles to your existing roof, be sure to hire a licensed, experienced contractor. Work with someone who has the experience to determine whether your roof can safely support a second layer of shingles.
Hiring an unlicensed person to install a second layer of shingles on your roof could lead to subsequent leaks and a lot of wasted money. In addition, if the work is performed unpermitted, your home’s value could be impacted.
4. What Can You Do to Protect Your Roof From Hurricanes?
There is no way to guarantee that your roof will survive a hurricane. However, you can do some things to strengthen your roof and minimize damage from high winds. Work with your contractor to install a durable roofing material, like good-quality clay tiles.
Clay tiles are very heavy. If your roof is not designed to support the extra weight, your contractor may need to retrofit your home before installing clay tiles.
Your contractor can also install hurricane straps in your attic to anchor rafters and trusses in your attic. Talk to your roofing contractor about hurricane retrofitting measures that would be appropriate for your roof.
Finally, you can protect your roof by trimming back overhanging trees that could potentially fall on your roof and cause damage. Inspect your roof on a regular basis and perform maintenance as soon as you recognize the need. Keep your gutters clean to encourage good drainage and protect your roof from heavy rain.
5. Can You Tell a Roof Is Deteriorating by Looking at It?
Sometimes you can tell that a roof is deteriorating just by looking at the roof from your lawn. Look for cracks in the shingles or tiles, curling around the edges of the shingles, or missing shingles and tiles. After a storm, you may notice shingles from your roof on the lawn. This is another sign that your roof is beginning to fail.
Sagging in the roof is another sign of a serious problem and may indicate structural problems in addition to roof deterioration. Inside your home, you may notice stains on your ceiling, bubbling paint on the ceiling or walls, or mold growth along your walls. This is a sign that water is penetrating your roof and is doing damage to your home’s interior.
You may not always see visible signs that your roof is in trouble. If your roof is nearing the end of its service life, have a contractor inspect it. If you’re not sure how old your roof is, have it inspected to be on the safe side.
An experienced roofer can pick up on subtler signs that your roof is in trouble. Your roofer may also be able to recommend maintenance that could extend your roof’s service life.
Contact Your Tampa Bay, Florida Contractor Today
You may have a lot of questions about roofs: how they work, how they’re maintained, and which roofs are best for you. You can get the answers you need by talking to an expert. At Acoma Roofing Inc., we’re happy to help you take care of your roof. To make an appointment for a consultation, contact us today.