While no one may like to admit it, autumn is just around the corner. That means it’s time to prepare for back to school, shorter days and cooler nights. Homeowners, however, should add another item to their end-of-summer to-do list: roofing inspection and Roof Repairs.
If the thought of a big roofing repair bill has you running scared for the hills, heed this advice: Catching and making repairs early, while they can still be fixed, can save you big money in the long run. If you choose an “ignorance is bliss” attitude toward your roof’s condition, you just might find yourself facing an expensive roof replacement that could have been avoided with proper maintenance and upkeep.
Still a bit wary and skeptical? Although calling in an expert roofer will ensure the job is completed to top-notch standards, crafty and go-getting homeowners can take on some roofing repair projects themselves. Charles & Hudson, the go-to resource for remodeling, renovation, tools and cheap home tips, recently covered a trio of such projects in an article titled “Top 3 DIY Roof Repair Jobs To Do Before Autumn.”
If you’re up for the challenge and are armed with a little know-how, you can put away your wallet, get out the ole ladder and get cracking on these “last dog days of summer” repairs all by your lonesome.
1. Water Leaks in the Attic – Most typically occurring after a bout of driving rain, leakage in the attic has several possible causes. They include leaky or inadequate underlayment of shingles and deteriorated flashing. According to Wikipedia, flashing, or weatherproofing, “refers to thin continuous pieces of sheet metal or other impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from an angle or joint.” In roofing applications, flashing “is placed around discontinuities or objects which protrude from the roof of a building (such as pipes and chimneys, or the edges of other roofs) to deflect water away from seams or joints.” As such, you should pay special attention to these protrusions when performing your roof inspection.
2. Attic Insulation – Now that you’ve completed an outside assessment of the attic region of your roof, it’s time to venture inside. If you’re experiencing excessive energy costs, inadequate insulation might be to blame. That’s because the heating and cooling your furnace and air conditioning are providing may quite literally be escaping through the roof. As a result, your heating and cooling systems are forced to run overtime, thereby jacking up your utility bills. As the do-it-yourself article points out, “With the right [roof insulation] coverage you can reduce your heating bills up to 50% and enjoy a cozy warm winter.”
3. Shingle Repair – Poor attic ventilation may be the cause of a whole host of roofing problems, including roof shingle, sheathing and siding decay. Stains on your interior ceilings and walls or mold and mildew growth are telltale signs that your roof shingles may need to be repaired or replaced. Fortunately for homeowners, “You can easily fix ripped and curled shingles with some roofing cement, as long as you can swallow your fear of heights.”