Checking Your Roof for Leaks

Roof leaks can occur for many different reasons, but leaks typically begin small and evolve into larger issues over time.  Even small roof leaks can result in significant damage to you home.  In addition to the stains that roof leaks can leave on your ceiling, they can also result in mold growth and/or rotting.  Additionally, roof leaks can result in troublesome electrical shorts.  While checking for roof leaks is not as easy as changing a light bulb, you can check for them yourself. Roof leaks are interesting in that roof leaks are very rarely directly above the damaged ceiling area.  Roof leaks typically begin/form at a higher spot on the roof and then show ceiling damage or other evidence of a leak, farther down the down the roof.  One thing that can prevent roof leaks from becoming a larger issue down the road, is to ensure that your attic is adequately ventilated.  If you would like to check for existing leaks can go into their attic and see if there are any dark spots on the decking.  The purpose of this is to catch small leaks while they are small and prior to them causing a lot of damage.  Most asphalt shingle roofing materials are designed to last approximately 18-22 years, but they can last longer or shorter depending on the maintenance you perform on your roof. f it turns out that your decking is water-stained, you can be pretty sure that you have either a roof leak or a condensation problem.  Figuring out which problem you have is something you want to do so that you don’t try to fix something only to realize that it doesn’t fix the problem.  Condensation is easily identified because it is generally in the corner near an exterior wall.  Additionally, you will typically see some smaller circles with white-colored centers.  Rain leaks on the other hand, can be found anywhere on the decking.  Until you have identified the source of the leak don’t bother replacing the drywall because you may replace the drywall only to find that the source of the leak is still going to impact the newly patched section of roof. In order to find the roof leak, you should check the entire roof for potential damage and/or leaks.  When doing this, be sure to walk on the rafters of a sheet…

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What’s the Difference in a “Roofer” and a “Professional Roofing Contractor?

In roofing, the words “roofer” and “professional roofing contractor” are often used interchangeably. They are not the same thing! Though you might actually be talking about a professional roofing contractor when you say, “I need to call a local roofer,” you’re actually saying something different. We know. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to roofers vs. roofing contractors. So, what’s the difference between a roofer and a professional roofing contractor? Roofers… Have a ladder and maybe a few toolsDo not have any specific training or certifications regarding roofing skills; they can be “handymen,” general contractors, or specialists in another areaDo not work directly with leading roof material brands but rather buy their materials at home improvement storesAre not licensed as roofers and/or insured to perform work on your roof Professional Roofing Contractors… Are experienced in roofing and continuously undergo professional training to bolster their industry knowledgeCome outfitted with the tools and equipment (especially safety equipment) needed to perform work on your roofWork directly with roofing brands to offer customers the lowest prices and best warranties availableAre licensed and insured to work in, on, and around structural roofing That’s quite a big difference! Given that your roof is one of the most important structural features of your home, it makes sense you’d want to work with a roofing contractor who isexperienced, qualified, and legal. If this is the case, you need more than just a “roofer.” How can you tell the difference when the terms are used to mean the same thing? By asking the right questions. When interviewingprospective roofing professionals, talk to them about… How long they have been in business, andwhether or not they have a physical location. (They should.)Whether they can provide you actual references. (If they do, check them!)If they use subcontractors, or if theydo the work themselves. (Right answer: Themselves.)Whether you can see their certificationand insurance paperwork. (Hard copies.)What their installation warranty islike, if they have one. (They should.) Knowing the real difference between a roofer in Georgia and a professional roofing contractor in Georgia can save you a lot of time and money. Don’t get sold short by a contractor looking for a side-job or a painter with a penchant for roof work. When it comes to your roof, you need a professional.

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