Each year, millions of Americans replace their roofs and/or have a major repair completed on them. There are many reasons that your roof may need to be repaired such as old age, severe weather conditions, improper installation, wild animals, debris, etc. No matter the reason, the moment that you recognize that your roof is in need of repair, it is best to contact a reputable roof repair contractor in Indianapolis. Your roof protects the possessions and more importantly the people that live in your home. Below, you will find information that will help you to recognize the signs of a roof in need of repair as well as how to connect with a professional roof repair contractor.
When Does Your Roof Need Repair?
This will largely depend on the type of roofing material that you have as well as how it was installed and maintained. However, there are some outside factors that can positively or negatively affect the integrity of your roof. Listed below, are the most common reasons that a roof needs to be repaired.
- Improper Installation: When leaks and drafts start happening to your roof while it is still relatively young, installation may be the culprit. It is important to use licensed and experienced roofing contractors when getting a repairs or a replacement.
- Standing Water: If you have noticed standing water on your roof, it may be a symptom of roofing issues. Not only can it cause structural damage, it may invite mosquitoes and other types of animals.
- Older Roof: If your roof is still within the warranty period, it may be financially beneficial to opt for a repair instead of getting a replacement.
- Extreme Weather: Weather events such as hail storms, high winds, heavy snow and/or ice, etc. can cause punctures within your roof. If not corrected promptly it can lead to leaking as well as animals nesting within your roof.
- Lack of Proper Maintenance: Keeping up a regular maintenance schedule for your roof as well as scheduling annual roofing inspections will help to keep your roof repairs less frequent.
Getting Your Roof Inspected
Having your roof inspected annually allows for small repairs to take place over time, instead of paying for a major repair due to roof negligence. In addition, roof inspections allow for homeowners to clear debris, standing water, animal nest, etc. from the roof. Completing this activity annually, increases the lifespan of your roof and helps to keep your roof in optimal condition. During your roof inspection, the inspector will look for weak and/or damaged structures and materials. In addition, the inspector will check for obvious signs of leaks and damage. While it may be tempting to complete a roof inspection on your own, it is not advised. Our roof inspectors are trained to detect early warning signs as well as structural and/or workmanship issues that are not easily detected by the untrained eye.
How to Protect Your Roof
The first step in ensuring that you are protecting your roof is to work with a reputable contractor as well as a material that is ideal for the climate in Indianapolis. Once your roof has been installed, it is recommended that you keep all trees near your roof trimmed. In addition, clear your gutters regularly and do not allow blockages to create a heavy concentration of water. If there is a heavy snowfall, it is recommended that you clear the snow off of your roof or have a professional to do so as soon as you can. Standing snow can create many hazards for your roof as it adds a lot of weight and water to a structure that is not designed to carry that extra burden for a prolonged time.
What Type of Roof Material Last the Longest?
All roofing materials are not made equal. There is a considerable difference between the lifespan of a wood shingled roof and a slate roof. Making a decision on the best roofing material will depend on your climate, style and budget. Some roofing materials last for 10 to 15 years, while other roofs can last for more than 50 years. No matter the type of material you choose, you can prolong its lifespan by maintaining it as well as scheduling yearly inspections. Eventually, all roofs will need to be replaced, but they incur less of a financial obligation when consistently maintained.
Finding a Roofing Contractor
If you have an urgent roof repair need or have noticed more subtle signs of your roof needing repair, it is important to work with a roofing contractor that you trust can effectively diagnose and repair your roof. When searching for your contractor, it is recommended that you rely on reviews and referrals. Once you have found a contractor that you are comfortable with, verify their license and ask for examples of recently completed work. In addition, gauge the responsiveness and professionalism of your contractor during the free estimate period. It is imperative to work with a contractor that you feel comfortable with.
What To Expect After You Find A Roofing Contractor
After you find your roofing contractor, you can expect for a construction date to be set and subsequently executed. During the time in between, the appropriate building permits will be secured by your contractor. The typical roof repair job takes one to two days to complete. During the construction process you can expect to hear construction level noises during the day. It is recommended that you move your car to avoid falling debris and keep your lines of communication open, just in case your project manager needs to get in contact with you. Give our roofing experts at Jackson Contracting, Inc. a call to schedule your free roof repair estimate today.