Maintaining the integrity of your roof is the most important of all home repairs. A sound roof protects your homes structure and your family from severe weather and its damaging effects.
A qualified roofing specialist should inspect your roof every few years or after any serious storm activity. Action needs to be taken at the first sign of any wear or roof damage. Ignored roofing problems will quickly compound and if not repair will lead to a premature new roof. A local roofer can help you determine whether a repair is needed or a roof replacement should be considered.
If your roof is more than 20 years old and most of the shingles are damaged or badly worn, it’s time to replace your roof. If your roof is fundamentally sound and only some of your shingles are worn or damaged roof repair may be the answer to prolonging your roofs life.
Asphalt Shingle Repairs
There are three basic types of shingle damage to look for: torn shingles, curled shingles, and cracked Shingles.
Torn Shingles Repairs
Torn asphalt shingles can be easily repaired with roofing cement. Apply roofing cement under the torn shingle and press down on it for a few minutes. Then hammer roofing nails into each side of the shingle and cover both the nails and the tear with more roofing cement.
Apply a generous portion of roofing cement under the curled shingle and hold the curl edges down for a few minutes. Afterward nail roofing nails to each corner and cover the nails with more roofing cement.
Cracked Shingle Repairs
Cracked shingles are very common and easy to repair. After locating a cracked shingle apply roofing cement over the entire crack. It’s that simple. Make sure you maintain and quickly fix your damaged shingles before they create a major roofing problem.
Cedar Shake Replacement
Cedar shakes add a warm northwest feeling to your home. However as they age they begin to lose some of their naturally protective qualities. Over time some will decay, warp, or split. When this happens you’ll need to replace them as quickly as possible. Annual roofing inspection will identify problem areas before they become real problems.
Cedar Shake Repairs
After discovering a warped or split shingle, pry it off with a flat bar. If it’s stubborn rocking it back and forth should help to break it free. Use the old shake as a pattern for the replacement shake. Then use a utility knife to trim it to size. Slide your new shake into place and align with existing shakes. Secure the new shake by hammering 2 nails through the shake above. Unlike the original nails these will remain exposed.
If the difference in color between new shakes and weathered shake bothers you, buy an extra bundle of shakes when your roofing is installed. Let these weather as well and you’ll have replacement shakes the same color as your roof.
The key to achieving the full life of your roof is annual roof inspections and discovering roof damage early. Cracked shingles can be difficult to spot. Its best to have a licensed roofer inspect your roof once a year. They have the experience and training to find little problems and fix them before they become bigger and costlier. Roof repairs are very inexpensive compared to replacing a roof and is really just part of smart roof maintenance. The roof on your house is you’re most important asset it provides safety, security and protects your home’s value.
At Stevenson Roofing we are experienced in all types of roofs and roof damage. As Northwest roofing specialists we are familiar with our environment and the roofing problem associated. We would be more than glad to inspect your roof and make all of the necessary repairs. We are licensed, bonded, and insured and most of all we have stood behind our work for the past 23 years.
Don’t wait until it’s too late for a simple roof repair.
Contact us as soon as you as your roof starts to leak!