Roofing repairs are never something that people enjoy jumping into. You’ll probably never get super excited about the prospect of tackling a roofing job. It just doesn’t seem like the most enjoyable or most exciting thing to do on your weekends. So, naturally, everyone wants to avoid any need for repairs or roof services, if it can be helped. When checking your roof, you want to make sure that you take copious notes of everything that you see. The best time to inspect your roof is in the spring and in the fall, before and after the harshest months hit. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to be on the roof in the middle of July or August anyway.
There should be some basic items on your checklist. First and foremost, you want to make sure that the gutters are cleared, and that you’ve cleaned away any obvious debris on the roof itself. This’ll make your job much easier because you’ll be able to make a more thorough inspection. Every homeowner should do this sort of upkeep periodically, but if you haven’t been up there all winter long, there’s bound to be some stuff to clear away. Second, you should check for any rust spots or cracked caulk on flashing. You’ll need to make sure that you note the exact locations and the degree of the cracking or rust. This is a good time to take pictures. Third, you’ll check the shingles. You need to note if any are curling, blistering, or buckling. In the south, the UV bombardment that shingles receive every summer can wear and age them very quickly. Fourth, you should check if the rubber boots around vents are cracked or worn. Again, you should be taking plenty of notes and pictures the whole time, identifying not only the damage but also the exact locations.
The fifth step will vary depending upon your needs and ability. If you’re comfortable making some basic repairs like replacing shingles or doing some caulking, you can pick up the materials and get to work, whenever you’re able to set aside the time. Typically, you can expect a half-day of work to handle a few basic shingle repairs. If the work is more involved or you’re not comfortable doing the repairs yourself, you’ll need to contact someone. Those notes and pictures will come in handy when you’re explaining exactly what you need and are getting an estimate. If you’re hiring someone, your next step is to make sure that they’re licensed, bonded, have proof of liability, and have worker’s compensation insurance. If you’re giving sone the job, you want to make sure that they can do it, and that you’re not going to be held liable if anything goes wrong. It’s your roof and your home, so it’s your responsibility to get the right person for the job.