Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair

Asphalt shingle roof repair is an important part of roof maintenance, as are regular roof inspections.

Regular roof inspections should precede any roof repars, at a rate of twice a year, as recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

It would be smart to do one inspection during fall and another late spring. This is because the winter time is the hardest season for the roof, and you want to catch any damage as soon as possible.

The positive aspect of roof inspections is that many roofing contractors do provide free roof inspections, and will give a written estimate for any possible repairs.

If there is any damage apparent in the roof, you should not wait with the repairs.

Damage caused by a leaky roof can include damage to the insulation, walls, ceilings, flooring and personal property.

Even tiny leaks can cause enough damage to require replacing the entire ceiling.

As for the causes of roof damage on asphalt shingle roofs, the most common cause is the flashing around the chimney, vents, fans and skylights, and lining roof valleys and eaves.

The materials often used with flashing, such as asphalt compound, caulking material. or the rubber used for sealing pipes and other protrusions, can dry out from exposure to the elements and the sun's UV rays.

The dried out materials crack or loosen the seal, allowing water to penetrate.

Many of the problems associated with asphalt shingle roof repair and asphalt shingles and flashing can be fixed quite cheaply with asphalt cement.

An alternative treatment is to replace the flashing.

Other problem areas include rusted and corroded flashing which can be cleaned up and painted with a rust-resistant paint, but may need replacing if severely damaged.

Other common reason for leaky roofs include the inevitable wear and tear that cames as the roof has long years behind it.

Some of the external signs of damage to the asphalt shingles include curling, cracking, and tearing, and the mineral granules wearing off revealing the black asphalt.

In those cases, replacing the shingles is a good idea.

If the damage is done only to a few shingles, a repair job may do. If the damage is widespread, you may have to replace the roof.

Roof leaks may result from several reasons, such as blowing tree limbs and debris.

The repair and replacement of single shingles is not hard to do in itself, but a handyman or a roofing contractor is the best alternative to doing the job.

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