Roof repairs can be simple or complex. It often depends on how long the issue has been ignored. Whether you have a flat roof or steep slope roof, there are many things a good roof repair company will evaluate while they are on site providing you with a repair estimate. An inexperienced or shoddy roofing company will just give your roof a quick look and then provide an estimate which may go up when they start the work because they don’t know what to look for. Here are the elements a good roof repair company will use to evaluate your roof leak repair needs.
If you have tile roofing, a repair has a different process than asphalt shingles. There are many different types of metal roofing, all of which have different repair processes. And because different roofing materials have different life expectancies, that will need to be considered.
Extent of Damage or Decay and Age of Roof
Although almost any roof can be repaired, you don’t want to throw good money after bad. That means that if you have a roof that leaks, the entire roof should be evaluated. If the roof leak is the result of storm damage, Florida law actually requires replacement if more than 25% of the roof’s surface sustained damage.
A small roof leak can almost always be repaired and still look great. However, when you ignore a leak or when a handyman or homeowner tries to patch the roof with caulk, it typically just causes more damage. Roofs more than 8-10 years old are virtually impossible to match in style and color so the shingles and your roof won’t look good in a repair requiring new shingles.
Type of Damage
Sometimes the shingles are not the issue, but rather the flashing. Unfortunately for many homeowners, once water gets under the flashing around a chimney, skylight, dormer or other roof protrusion, it causes extensive damage to the roof deck. That may mean taking off a large area of shingles to replace the roof deck and possibly even the trusses.
Roof rot is another serious issue that requires significant work to repair. It also requires a lot of materials in that any wood in your roof that has roof rot has to be replaced. A roof leak caused by clogged gutters often damages the roof’s edge, fascia and soffits.
As an experienced residential and commercial roof repair company, Suncoast Roofing Solutions will find the source of your roof leak and provide a comprehensive estimate for repair. We know the right ways to repair roofs and we know the laws in Florida. If you need roof leak repair or a new roof, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions at (813) 283-2544.