Your roof is the first level of defense against the elements: rain, snow, rain, sleet, hail. And because it’s out under the sky all day, every day (and night), it should come as no surprise that things can go wrong with it. Add to that the fact that the variety of weather we get here in Tennessee and it’s no surprise that roofing repair is in everyone’s future. Of course, there’s also the quality of roof installation that can make a roof last longer than it otherwise might, or cause it to fail too soon.
One thing to keep in mind as we go over these problems: a roof isn’t just one thing. A roof is made up of hundreds of shingles, plus dozens of other materials that have to be put on exactly right in order to hold up. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you’ll want to hire the best Roofing Companies available for roof installation or repair.
A roof that’s been perfectly installed can still have problems if it meets a tornado the next day. Of course, when that happens you’ll most likely be needing some new siding installation and gutter repair.
It doesn’t even have to be a tornado in order to cause problems. Because of the way that shingles overlap, wind might be able to get under a loose shingle and send it into your neighbor’s yard or across town. That’s when you really can’t afford to be…
We’re in the roofing business, which means we think about roofing a lot. But we can understand that, once your new roof is on, you don’t think about it much. After all, you have other things on your mind when you’re pulling into your garage or mowing your lawn; looking up at your roof and wondering how it’s doing isn’t one of them.
But giving your roof a once-over every year, especially after storms, is a good idea. In most cases, you don’t even have to get on the roof in order to take a look at it. Simply lean the ladder up against the side of the house, get a spotter to hold the ladder, and climb up to look for missing or curled shingles. You’ll also be able to see if there are spots on the asphalt shingle that look more damaged than others, which could be hail damage. If you can’t see the roof of the second story of your home from a ladder, walk down a few houses and then use binoculars or a camera with an optical zoom to inspect your roof from afar.
Roofs are meant to do whatever they can to get rain from the top of the roof to the gutters so that it can be safely channeled away from your house. But there are certain seams that can collect water, and that means more wear and tear on a specific part of your roof as the standing water soaks through the shingles. If you see any water on your roof that doesn’t seem to go away, contact a Roofing Company right away.
There’s no doubt that a roof with missing shingles or damaged waterproofing is susceptible to leaking. But most roof leaks show up not long after the roof is installed, and this can be attributed to improper installation of flashing. If the roofing company doesn’t get the flashing right, the shingles can’t do their job.
If you’re having any problems with your roof, or if it’s over 20 years old and could use some repair, contact Bluebird Roofing. It might just be time for a new roof!