Tracking Down Roofing Issues

Four Forms Of Roof Repairs Best Left To Professionals

Although you might feel like DIY roof repair can save you money, you shouldn't always take that route with all roofing problems. For example, the following roofing problems are best handled by professionals:

Damages Around Roof Projections

Roof projections are delicate things, which is why they are common points for roof leaks. A good example is when your roof is damaged around the chimney. You need to make a good joint that will withstand the beatings of different weather elements (think wind and snow) without falling apart. The seals also need to be moisture proof if you don't want water to enter your roof. Such delicate work definitely needs the touch of a professional roofer.

Repairing Roof Flashing

Flashing is the material (usually metal, plastic or composite) used to waterproof the joints between adjacent roofing materials. For example, flashing is required in roof valleys, around roof projections (such as vent pipes), around skylights, and around the edges of the roof, among other areas. As the major water barrier in such areas, anything that messes up the integrity of the flashing exposes your roof to the risk of water damage. Definitely, you need to err on the side of caution and leave the issue of flashing to professional roofers.

Roof Ventilation Issues

The problem with roof ventilation issues is that they are often difficult to diagnose, and they can originate from multiple areas. This also means there are so many things that can go wrong if you make a mistake. For example, you can end up messing with the volume of air needed in the attic space or mess up with the cross-ventilation and affect the associated movement of air.

Undiagnosed Leaks

Lastly, you also need to be careful when repairing leaks whose causes you aren't sure of. For example, there is no problem with plugging a leak yourself if you can clearly see that it is emanating from around a roofing nail that wasn't properly driven in. However, if you have signs of water leaks on your roof and you aren't sure where it's coming from, then don't start sealing suspect places since that may just waste your resources. Instead, consult a professional to diagnose and plug the leak once and for all.

Therefore, don't assume that it's always a good idea to undertake DIY roof repairs; some repairs are best left to professionals. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and consult a roofing contractor.


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