You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
A roof repair is not the type of home improvement project you want to tackle without the help of a competent roofing contractor. Whether dealing with major or minor, find someone with roofing skills to help with the repairs. Getting a contractor to inspect your roof if you suspect severe damages would be best. Consider the following repair tips and guidelines that you should know.
Get the New Shingles to Match Yours
If you have an existing shingle roof, you should consider installing one that matches the current one. However, you might not know how to find shingles that match your current home, especially if you bought an older home. You can have the professional roofing contractor assess the current shingle type and color and let you know what specifications to go for. Failure to match the new shingles with the current ones during repairs will eventually lead to a compromised overall curb appeal.
Salvage the Shingles First
When an expert checks your roof for damage and possible repairs, you will likely come across damaged shingles. It might seem like a lot of work, but they might suggest that you salvage the shingles instead of replacing them. When you save the shingles, you do not have to worry about having an uneven color scheme on the roof. You can use roofing cement and nails to lower the curled shingles and keep them down. If the weather has made them hard and brittle, you can also use a heat gun to soften them before bringing them down. The heat will give them flexibility, so they do not break as you push them back into the roof.
Attend the Flashing and Vents
It is also advisable to look at your building's flashing and vents during the repair. These parts protect the entire structure from water leaking into the home and causing damage. However, they are also usually among the first parts to get ruined when the roof starts to disintegrate. A roofing contractor will remove dry and cracked caulk because it can allow water to leak into the building. They will also seal around the flashing to reduce leaks and protect your structure from moisture damage.
These are a few roof repair tips and guidelines you can follow if you want the best outcome. Speak with a competent residential roofing systems repair contractor to help you organize and execute suitable repair processes to suit your needs.