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Roof Repairs That Stop Leaks And Get Your Home Ready For The Rainy Season

by Marc Cole

It's important to keep up with roof repairs all seasons of the year, but it's especially important to have repairs done before the rainy season starts or the roof could leak and cause water damage to your home. If you know your roof has a leak and a storm is coming, you may want to put a tarp over the roof or put buckets in the attic to catch the rain. Here are some more permanent repairs your roofer might make.

Replace Bad Asphalt Shingles

The surest way to deal with bad shingles is to tear them off and replace them with new shingles. As long as there aren't a lot of shingles, then replacing a few scattered across the roof could be the best option. When you're looking at many bad shingles, it's time to think about getting a new roof or a roof coating instead.

Seal Around Protrusions

Sometimes, your roof leaks in places other than shingles. Common places are around chimney flashing, valley flashing, and the flashing around pipe vents. Valleys are particularly prone to leaking since water on the roof rolls toward the valleys. The valleys are the wettest part of your roof when it rains. If the flashing has worked loose, the roof repair contractor may need to adhere it with nails and then seal around the flashing with caulk or a sealant so water can't get under the flashing and inside your attic.

Put A Coating On

Roof coatings are fairly common with commercial roofs, but they can be used on residential roofs too. A coating can be put on asphalt shingles, metal, or membrane roofing. Coatings can roll or spray on. They're made from a variety of materials. Most coatings are white, so they may change the color of your roof. When applied, they create a waterproof barrier on top of your roof that blocks rain and UV rays so your roof won't deteriorate as fast or start leaking.

Replace Bad Wood Parts

The decking and rafters can sometimes get wet and rot if a leak has gone on long enough. These parts of your roof have to be replaced or the structure of your roof may get weak. The deck is often made of plywood, and the saturated area can be cut out and replaced with dry plywood. Fixing rotted rafters is more involved. The roof repair contractor may place support boards next to the rotted ones to offer support that's lost due to wet and weak boards.

Roof repairs are simple sometimes, while other times, they are complex and involved. No matter what needs to be done, prompt repairs are important or your home could sustain water damage that costs a lot to repair. Call a roof repair professional for more information.