Your roof is a structure designed specifically for keeping out the elements, mostly water. When a young roof (less than 15 years old) has a leak, roof repair is usually the best course of action.
Here are the most common types of repairs and the nuances that can come with having a shingle roof.
Pipe collars (pipe boots) are by far the most common repair. The process for replacing one of these properly is to remove the shingles in the area, inspect the underlayment, replace if necessary and install a new collar. A pipe collar usually lasts about 10 years, at which point, the rubber that forms the seal starts to break down, a tear forms and then you have a slow leak. Preventative maintenance is the best cure for potential problems here. Just like every other part of your home, your roof requires maintenance also.
Common leaks around chimney flashings usually only require the caulking to be replaced on the counter flashing. This roof repair can be competed by someone competent in less than a hour and usually only requires roofing caulk. Sometimes though, the initial flashing isn’t installed properly and has to be completely torn out and replaced.
Next up, the blown off asphalt shingle. Now this is usually a fairly simple repair, but the hold ups here are many and can get complex. A roof with blowing off shingles sometimes means that it could have been installed improperly. A proper shingle nailed with 6 nails penetrating through 2 layers of shingles (12 nails per shingle) should stand up to some serious wind. Nonetheless, this still occurs and is a matter of removing the broken shingle fully and installing a new one. When shingles get too old though, this is no longer possible because the shingles you’re trying to slide the new one underneath becomes too brittle and starts to break.
One of the most complicated repairs is on skylights. A combination of special skill is required to replace a skylight and the cost of a decent brand that is going to last the next 30-40 years (Velux or similar). Sure, you can put some caulk on the top of the seam and wish your way into not having a leak, but most times the water is getting in around the flashing kit. The flashing kit can only be replaced by removing the light, removing all the singles around the light, installing a new kit and then replacing all the underlayment and shingles.
If you think your shingle roof has been damaged in any way, give us a call and we will send one of our expert roofers to come out and look at your roof. If you have asphalt shingles you might be able to see bald or shiny spots where the granules have eroded or been damaged. If you come across piles of granules in your gutters, you should definitely give us a call immediately.
All roofs in the DFW area need repair or replacement sooner or later, but regular maintenance such as cleaning eaves and drains can help prolong the life of your roof. Periodic roof inspections from Maximum Construction will also help you to spot developing problems before they cause costly damage to your home. The extent of the problem and age of the roof are key factors that can help you decide whether to do repairs or replace the roof.
Is your roof leaking? Don't let a leak become a much bigger problem like: needing to replace the whole roof. Call us today for your emergency roof repair needs. We'll come out and inspect your roof, then let you know what you can expect in terms of time and cost. If you are in need of shingle roof repair, give us a call at (469) 595-6059