When you find a sign of a leak, or hear a loud thump on the roof, your first instinct may be to think of whether it will result in an unplanned roof replacement. Fortunately, in most cases, roofs can be repaired. While most of the work will be done by a roofing contractor, recognizing roofing damage can help you gauge the cost and the amount of work required.
- Damaged Flashing – Flashings are the strips of copper, plastic or galvanized steel that protect the breaks on the roofing plane, such as valleys and where the roof meets a wall or dormer. Penetrations such as vent pipes have a cone-shaped flashing called a “boot”. Flashing can get damaged or dislodged, therefore the aforementioned areas should be checked once in a while. Flashing repair is relatively quick; however, it may require removing some parts of the roof and will need to be done by a professional.
- Dents and Punctures – Dents and punctures are caused by hailstones and airborne debris, and shouldn’t be ignored no matter how they look. Punctures, in particular, may likely penetrate all the way to the underlayment, which increases the chances of roofing leaks the next time it rains. Depending on the severity and spread of such damage, a roofing contractor may recommend anything from minor repairs (for small, localized damage) to a roof replacement (for widespread damage).
- Missing Shingles – Shingles can get torn off the roof any number of reasons, but it usually happens during storms, or when the shingles are too old and they just won’t stay on the roof. In some cases, it’s a defective batch. Minor repairs should take care of the problem. However, if the roof is too old, consider a roof replacement and take it as an opportunity to invest in a roof with high wind ratings.
- Corrosion – The vertical areas between shingles can be vulnerable to corrosion, depending on the quality of the shingles. It may not be as noticeable from the ground, but if you can take a closer look, you might notice the rounded-off edges and widening gaps between shingles. As with impact damage, localized corrosion can be fixed by having the affected areas replaced.
To learn more about our services as a roofing company, call Jarhead Construction, Inc. today at (309) 588-4471. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve many areas in Bloomington and Normal, IL.