Roofs are like car engines, when things are working properly you don’t think about your roof all the time. When something goes wrong with your roof, it can seem like your whole home is upside down.
At Chase Roofing, we believe that quality installation, repairs, and service are key to having a great roof that you never have to worry about. Our team of roofers can help with your residential roof repairs.
Residential Roof Repair
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Continue reading for information about identifying leaks, understanding how to repair them and what the costs can be.
What Type Of Repair Do You Need?
Below is a list of the residential roof repair issues that you might be able to spot, along with a brief description of what could be causing it and how to address it.
- Missing Shingles.
- Perhaps the easiest to spot from the ground. Shingles typically blow off due to high wind or poor workmanship. Not all shingles have high wind resistance. When you repair a missing shingle, be sure to nail down the shingle directly around the one you replace, because often a shingle will blow off because the others are loose as well.
- Your shingles might have a low resistance to wind. If they are a three-tab shingle, like the Owens Corning Supreme, they only have a 60 MPH wind resistance. Compared to the Owens Corning Duration shingle that has a 130 MPH resistance. The older the roof, the easier it is for a shingle to blow off. Keep in mind, not all shingles with a wind warranty are equal. Be sure to read the fine print of the warranty on your shingles.
- Cracked and Curled Shingles
- This could be due to excessive heat in your attic space, which causes the shingles to age quicker. Every manufacturer of shingles requires there to be a specific amount of air intake and exhaust in your attic space so that the shingles last as long as possible.
- This type of damage should be easy to spot if you are able to get up close to the roof. If you are able to see it from the ground then it means the curling has been happening for a long time and the need to replace it is very high. At this point, you have a bigger issue than a simple shingle repair issue.
- Flashing Failure
- Every roof has detailed flashing work done around penetrations like pipes or walls and skylights. Wherever the roof meets a wall or penetration, there is specific material used to cover the transitions. These become the most sensitive parts of the roof and most susceptible to failure.
- Since the flashing tucks up underneath or behind the other parts of the roof or wall, it will be important to remove a larger portion around the damage, in order to fully repair the section. The new flashing will have to properly tie into the existing flashing.
- Shingle Buckling
- There are many things that can cause a shingle to buckle. The plywood underneath the shingle could begin to warp and need to be repaired. In these cases, you are looking at a 4’x8’ repair at most. Shingles can also buckle due to poor ventilation and excessive heat as mentioned above.
- Whatever the case, it is important to inspect the buckle from inside the attic and possibly even remove the shingles above the area to fully inspect the cause. A three-tab shingle will easily show imperfections in a roof while an architectural shingle will hide it better. Not all “buckling shingles” are in need of repair. Sometimes the structure of the home and the way it settles will cause a slight buckle but it doesn’t mean it is a problem.
- Granules in Gutters or on the Ground
- Some granule loss is normal over time. But when you have excessive amounts of loss, it’s time to have your roof inspected. The older the shingles get the more they will lose their granules. If your roof was pressure washed in a way that applied too much pressure to the roof, there is a good chance this damaged the shingles and may have sped up the process of losing granules.
- If you see granule loss in one specific area, then perhaps you will be able to repair a portion but in most cases, it happens all over the roof at the same time. A quick way to test the condition of your shingle is to lightly brush your hand across the shingle to see if granules come off, and if they do, it’s time for a roof inspection.
- Missing or Sliding Tiles
- A tile could be missing or sliding out of place because the original fasteners are missing completely, which would be poor workmanship or the fasteners have failed, rusted out, and are no longer holding the tile in place. The foam adhesive could also fail if not installed correctly, causing the tile to slide out of place.
- It’s extremely important to know when not to walk on a tile roof. If the tile is too old, then in the process of fixing one broken tile, you might easily break all the other tiles you touch. Even walking on an older tile roof is not recommended because of how easy it is to break. That being said, when you plan to replace one tile, you are going to have to remove quite a few tiles around the damaged area, especially if you are repairing a valley.
- Water Stains on Ceilings
- If you see a stain on your ceiling, inspect the attic space if you can to look for indicators of where it could be coming from. Place a bucket under the stain and if necessary, poke a small hole the size of a nail, through the drywall to allow water to drain.
- After a repair is made to your roof, take a pencil and trace the outside of the stain and wait for another rain. If you see the outline of the stain go past the mark you made, then the leak was not repaired correctly.
- Exposed Wood
- If you have exposed wood, it will need to be dealt with right away. You will need to install new underlayment and new roofing material. It’s not enough to just install a new shingle or tile.
- If you can, try to have the roof covered by a tarp until it can be repaired.
How To Find A Leak
The most accurate way to find a leak is to first inspect it from inside the dwelling. Along with inside the attic space when possible. You will want to measure from the water stain to the attic entrance and then back to the stain from the attic entrance. This will help you get to the exact point above the drywall of the ceiling. Then inspect the bottom side of the roof deck. You will be looking for water stains or a trail of water leading to a point higher on the roof.
Next, you will need to take a look on top of the roof. Using new measurements that you took while inside the attic space, you can go on top of the roof and measure to the exact spot on top of the roof. At this point, it can still be difficult to find the leak since some leaks are allowing water into the house without any clear pictures of the roofing material. So in some cases with a residential roof repair, you will need to lift up parts of the roof to see under them. Be sure to seal down everything you lift so that it will not be left susceptible to the elements.
Residential Roof Repair Cost
There is no easy way to tell you the cost of a roof repair without seeing it first
When pricing a roof repair we take into account the type of material, difficulty of the access, and type of repair. Some repairs might be to replace a missing shingle, which is a quick fix. While others, such as a valley repair on a tile roof, could be significantly more because of all the work involved. A tile valley repair requires the removal of a lot of tiles, replacing the underlayment, and installing the new tile. The labor and material cost significantly increase.
That being said, a repair could run you anywhere from $500 to $2,000 depending on the items listed above. We will give you a free estimate, click here to schedule a time to meet with us.
When To Repair Or Replace
If your roof is not too old and it was installed properly then it should be perfectly fine to repair it. The problem you run into is when the roof is so old that you repair something this year and next year another issue shows up because the whole roof has reached its useful life span. Since a full replacement can cost well into the thousands of dollars, if you can repair it, that is ideal.
There are also scenarios when the roof leak occurs because of poor workmanship and the whole roof has the same issue all over the place. At this point, it doesn’t make sense to repair it because of all the other issues that will continue to occur.
Your homeowner's insurance will require a new roof at a certain point, so it’s important to know when that will be and see if it still makes sense to repair it if the following year you will be wanting to replace it.
Repair Advice From The Experts
Never have your residential roof repair performed if it wasn’t fully inspected first. By this I mean, a thorough inspection of the inside, attic space, and on the roof. Assuming there is an attic space and that the roof is in good enough condition to walk on.
If you can’t find the source of a leak, use a hose to water test the roof. Have someone inside the home to watch for when water starts to drip, while someone else is on the roof spraying the hose. You will want to start at the bottom of the roof and work your way up.
Make sure you get pictures from the person inspecting the roof and even after the repair is completed. This will help you keep track of what was done as well as see the actual damage from inside the attic and on the roof.
Every roof requires some level of maintenance, especially flat roofs. It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected every few years and even on a yearly basis in some cases. These inspections will look for parts of the roof that break down quicker than others or for unexpected damage such as a tree branch or hail damage.
Every roof requires maintenance on a regular basis. Depending on the roof, some will need to be inspected for maintenance every year and others can go a few years between inspections.
The most common residential roof repair spots on your roof that will need to be inspected for maintenance are as follow: Drains, pipes, ridges, box vents, any penetration, areas covered by trees, flashing corners on flat roofs, seams, any portion of a flat roof that doesn’t drain well, gutters, and any area that might have exposed sealant.
Debris can fill up portions of your roof and cause water to back up and cause a leak. So it’s important to make sure your valleys, drains, corners, and any low slope areas are cleared on a regular basis.
Tree branches that are close to the roof can cause damage to your roof when the wind blows. The branches will scrape across the roof and remove the granules on a shingle roof, which will cause them to age significantly faster. So we recommend cutting those branches back.
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Residential Roof Repair Example
We recently performed a residential roof repair for a homeowner who had already had that portion of their roof repaired. We were the second company to address the same leak. The first company was supposed to install roof flashing to cover the transition between two slopes of the roof. But they neglected to extend the material far enough, which ended up leaving a gap for water to still get under the layers of roofing.
As a result, we had to remove everything down to the plywood, install new peel-and-stick roofing, and then re-install the tiles.
Here Are 5 Of The Most Common Problems We Fix:
- Leaking roofs. A leaking roof is one of the most common calls we take. Roofs can leak after large storms, or simply as they age. Pooling water resulting from stuffed gutters or improper design can cause its own handful of problems as well.
- Broken Tiles & Missing Shingles. The tiles and shingles which construct your roof are more sensitive than they seem, they can become damaged in storms or from the constant South Florida sun. When these vital structural elements become compromised, other issues such as leaks and additional damage can arise.
- Algae & Mold. Constant heat and humidity can cause mold and algae to form along the surface of your roof. Mold algae are as unsightly as they are damaging, they can slowly wear away at your shingles or tiles.
- Granule loss. Your roof’s shingles can deteriorate over time, releasing granules into your gutters and surrounding lawn. The loose granules are a big indication that it’s time to get started on replacing shingles before they deteriorate altogether.
- Punctures. Be careful when cleaning your gutters or setting up holiday season decorations, simply walking on your roof can actually cause substantial damages. If you step in a sensitive spot, you may wind up puncturing important elements of your roof’s structure.
There are many other ways your roof can sustain damages, and some damages may be easier to spot than others. If a major storm has just passed through or if you suspect general wear and tear on your roof, consider calling our team at Chase Roofing. We can diagnose any problems, along with providing the necessary residential roof repair in Fort Lauderdale. Our goal is to help keep a strong and sturdy roof over your head with affordable and efficient repairs. Call today to learn more about our services!