After a harsh winter, spring is beginning to be in full swing. The weather is getting warmer, the birds are beginning to sing, and the rain is starting to fall outside; and especially after the winter we just had, the rain might not stay outside.
I’m not just talking about Ice Dams here, I’m talking even worse. Water from rain, snow, or melted ice can get into the tiles of your roof, refreeze so that they expand again, and stretch out the tiles. Repeat this process throughout the winter and the spaces of your roof can be pushed further and further apart, which can lead to leaky roofs.
The first step you’ll have to go to when it comes to fixing your roof is to establish just how much of your roof needs repaired. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that entire roofing replacements can get pricey (this Q and A from Yahoo Answers does a GREAT job explaining it), but you might not have to go that far. Sometimes you can localize a leak and only have to repair the section of the roof the leak is coming from.
So how do you find leaks in you roof?
Look for water: The easiest way, of course, is to look for standing water. Having water where it shouldn’t (especially when windows aren’t involved) probably means the water is coming from your roof. Keep in mind though this may be hard to find out because your house may have an attic, which would block the water from reaching the “living floors”. My advice for this is to go into your attic and snoop around for signs of standing water such as wet insulation, warped floorboards, or signs of mold.
Look for raised roof tiles: Mold isn’t just a thing that appears inside of your home when you have a leak, it can also start to build under your shingles. If you suspect a leak is happening, or just want to make sure you’re safe, head to the roof (safely!) and look at the state of your shingles. Shingles may be raised because they are being lifted from the ice problem I explained earlier, warping from being water logged, or reacting to mold that is building.
What can I do with a roof leak?
Fix it yourself: There are a multitude of websites that will walk you through how to do a roof fix. The Family Handyman, How Stuff Works, and YouTube will give you step-by-step instructions on how to fix a leak in a specific part of your roof.
Hire someone to fix your leak: This can be a risky maneuver if you don’t have a good idea as to how damaged your roof is. If you can find a contractor or a roofing company you can trust to fix a leak without selling you an entire roof, and you just don’t feel comfortable enough fixing a roof on your own, then hire someone to take a day/afternoon and fix your roof.
Fix the entire roof: Sometimes damage happens, sometimes you have an old roof, and sometimes a bad roof was there in the first place. When that is the case you may need to start all over with a brand-new roof. All is not lost however! If you are worried about the state of your new roof, or the reputation of your contractor, then just use Safepact.com. We will safely and securely hold your money until you are satisfied with the job your contractor has done. Only then will we release the money to them.
Everybody build safe out there!