Signs of leakage in your home's roof means that you either need to do a complete roof installation or repairs. But how can you determine whether you need to replace your roof or repair it? Many homeowners find this decision to be challenging. It is important to understand that there are a number of factors that you need to consider before making the decision. Some of these factors include:
Signs of Water or Moisture Damage
When a storm hits, the roof is the most exposed part of your house. It will have to bear the brunt of the water and the wind, and the wind can be especially destructive to roofs.
There have been many examples in recent times when entire roofs were lifted off homes during storms. This means that if the wind only takes off some of your shingles, you might be very lucky.
Does stormy and cold weather make you depressed because your roof provides very little protection against it? A few things should be of concern if your roof is unable to fully protect the inside of the house from outside elements. For example, a damaged roof deck is commonly the problem when outside elements are able to get inside of a house. Deck problems usually develop when other aspects of the roof have been neglected for a long time.
Large buildings with a lot of roof space tend to have flat or low slope roofs. There are a lot of reasons for that, including the fact that putting a high peaked roof on something like a something like a large warehouse or factory can be very difficult and require a lot more inner structure and support than would be feasible. A peaked roof could also be weaker than a flat roof.
If your home has a flat roof and it has started to leak, then these tips will help you seal it like a professional roofer:
Tip: Start with a Clean and Dry Roof Surface
Before you can start sealing your damaged flat roof, first, you need to clean it off. Any dirt, mildew, or moss on the surface must be removed.
The best way to accomplish this is to scrape problem areas with an inexpensive paint scraper and then sweep the roof using a stiff brush.