Roof Tune Up

When was the last time you had your roof tuned up?

Well, that’s too long! Your roof is like any other possession you might have. If it’s important to you… you will take care of it. If it’s something that has value, then you want to make sure it retains its value. Your roof is not something you can have installed once and never have to think about it again. Roofs are exposed to the elements and will weather and sometimes get damaged.

You can use a car tune-up analogy if you like. A car cannot be driven forever without giving it the attention it needs to keep it running. Your car gets old, so does your roof. Your car can get damaged, your roof can suffer damage as well. Your car needs scheduled maintenance and so does your roof. Your car will last longer if you keep it serviced and so will your roof.

Maintaining Your Roof

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when maintaining your roof. Your roof is subject to natural weather events. Storm damage can take place and you may not even be aware of it. It is a good idea to check your roof, or have your roof checked by a good local roofer, after each severe weather event. Check for shingles that may have blown off of torn. Examine the roof for lifted shingles that may not be stuck to the shingle beneath it. Dirt and debris can often get blown up under the shingles keeping them from adhering to the shingles beneath them.

High winds can often cause limbs and tree branches to fall on the roof damaging the shingles, Check for ripped, cut, and curled shingles to make sure they aren’t allowing water to seep inside. You can check for inside water damage by thoroughly checking the roof from inside the attic. And of course, check for hail damage. Hail damage will leave bruises and often even breaks in the mat of the shingle itself.

Granule Loss in Your Gutters

Also check for granule loss. These areas will show signs of discolor allowing the tar surfacing the fiberglass mat to show through. You can also tell by checking in the gutters and at the bottom of the gutter downspouts where the loose granules will build up.

Also check for nails that are backing out. The nails should be either removed and replaced, or reset. Some nails on the ridge may be exposed without shingles covering them. These nails should be covered with roofing caulk to insure they don’t leak water into the attic. And some roof flashing may show signs of rust or may be bent or pulled away from the area it’s protecting should be replaced.

Making sure your roof has a regular tune-up will save you money in the long run. Most roofing companies will do a tune-up service for a reasonable expense. It’s better to take care of the minor problems before they become major ones.

That should make you sing a happy tune…up.

Hole In Roof

Hole in Roof

And it’s a hole in one! Well, in the game of golf that’s great. In fact it doesn’t get any more fun than getting a hole in one in the game of golf. But if it’s a hole in your roof… well that’s no fun at all. Not only does it allow rain to get into your structure but it can also let in unwanted varmints. The size of the varmint depends on the size of the hole of course. At any rate you don’t want rain or varmints entering through your roof.

Obviously you will want to close up the hole so there will no longer be a problem. But having to deal with the problem creates a problem in its self. You will either have to pay someone, either a contractor or a qualified handyman to take care of repairing the hole in your roof, or to take on the job of repairing it yourself. Either way it’s going to cost you. And yes, that’s about par for the course right?

If you decide to hire a professional roofer or a qualified handyman then money is probably the only thing in question. But if you are thinking of tackling the job yourself then here’s some hints to help you get the job done.

First make sure you have a safe ladder, soft soled shoes, a good tool belt, and know what material you will need for the repair job. Remove the shingles over the hole using a pry bar to lift the shingles and remove the nails. Make a decision how much plywood you will need to remove depending on the size of the hole. Now use a skill or reciprocating saw to cut out from rafter to rafter the existing plywood in order to eliminate the hole.

Then you will need to attach 2 X 4 braces onto the rafters underneath the plywood decking you just removed. Once you have the braces in place on the rafters, cut a piece of plywood to replace the one you cut out and removed. Make sure you use the same thickness of plywood that you removed. Once the plywood has been nailed down securely cover the plywood with felt or other underlayment.

Now you are ready to replace your shingles. Using the same pattern of the existing shingles replace the new shingles beginning at the bottom and working your way up until you have completely replace all the shingles that were removed. There is a possibility the new shingles may not be the exact color as the old shingles were. The reason for this is over a period of time your old roof weathers and discolors or fades.

Congratulations! By eliminating the hole you have avoided the water trap. And that’s a good day on the course I don’t care who you are.