ROOF LEAK REPAIR PLANO
Roof Leak Repair in Plano
The last thing you’ll want is for your roof to have a hole in it, regardless of the size. With holes in your roof, the inside of your home is at risk of flooding, rotting, overheating, etc. You definitely don’t want to have to deal with those problems. So call a roofing repair expert as soon as you notice a leak.
We will go over the who, what, when, where, why and how to simplify the leak repair process…
Who can repair the leak?
Depending on the situation, you might be able to fix it on your own. Maybe it’s just a single curled shingle that’s letting water seep through to your home. All you’d need to fix this is a caulking gun to reattach the curled part of the shingle to the surface. You might also need a blow dryer to soften and heat the edge. Shingles won’t stick well in colder temperatures.
Most leaks, however, will require the attention of a roofing expert. A roofing expert won’t only be able to repair the leak, but they’ll also be able to prevent the leak from re-opening.
The professional vs. DIY battle will always be won by the pros. Roof leak repair in Plano usually doesn’t cost too much and the experience of the pros will result in a long-lasting repair.
Additionally, there’s the possibility of your roof having more serious damage than just a simple leak. It wouldn’t hurt to have the contractor inspect the entire roof. He/she might find areas that will potentially leak. If your roof has been around for 10-15 years, it could probably use some repairs and solidification.
What damage can a roof leak lead to?
- Electrical issues
- Ceiling collapse
- Weak insulation
Water getting into an electrical outlet is one of the worst outcomes that are caused by a leak. But at that point, it wouldn’t really be considered a leak. The chances of a flood happening are incredibly slim, but you should never allow your home to be vulnerabe to one.
Mold can spead and cause the structure to rot. If water is constantly sitting on your roof, the wood will soak it up and become heavier. This will lead to a ceiling collapsing because it can’t carry the additional weight.
When it comes to temperature, it won’t take long to notice the loss of temperature control. If you have a gap in your roofing during the summer, your home will become hotter and hotter. If it happens in the winter, your home will feel much colder than usual.
To offset the temperature affect, you’ll end up cranking up the heater or AC (depending on the situation). This might work for a bit, but it’s not a good idea to overwork your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) units. The lifetime of your HVAC units will reduce and your energy bills will go through the roof.
When do leaks occur most?
You guessed it, leaks occur most when in rains! That’s why it’s suggested to have your roofing inspected early in the spring, usually before the rainy season hits. Unfortunately, in Plano, weather is hard to predict. Early March and late October are the best times for inspection, repair, replacement, and any other services for your room. Temperatures are usually mild during those times, with less rain than in some of the over months.
The point of us mentioning North Texas isn’t to give you a weather forecast. But it’s important to know when to have your roofing worked on and when not to. We’re not saying to put off having your roof repaired if you do notice a leak. If you do notice one, you should call a roofing expert immediately.
But if you just want to have a general inspection done on your roof, spring and fall are the best times for both your roof and the people working on it.
Where are leaks most likely to occur on the roof?
The exposed parts of a roof are the shingles and flashing. Flashing is the material that covers the joints of a roof. For instance, you’ll often see a line of aluminum or steel covering the joint where two ridges meet. You’ll also see it surrounding the chimney, vents and skylights. The purpose of flashing is to insulate areas that are vulnerable to moisture seepage.
Heavy and severe hail damage can dent the flashing and cause it to lose its shape. If it is raised from the surface even slightly, water might be able to seep through. It’s essential that flashing is always securely in place.
You can’t really go wrong with any shingle type, but some materials are better than others. Slate and metal are the best materials in terms of durability. But metal roofing isn’t a common material with North Texas homeowners, because it doesn’t have a traditional look, and slate is rare because of how expensive it is.
It takes a significant impact to damage clay and concrete roofing and it’s not likely for a tile or shingle to lose its form after being installed.
Asphalt and wood roofing are weakest against the forces of nature, but they’re still quite durable. Both materials will last oever 25 years; they just won’t last over 50 years like the materials we mentioned earlier.
If wood roofing is treated and properly maintained, it shouldn’t suffer from any leaks. When it comes to asphalt roofing, you might want to have it inspected after a string of severe hailstorms. Even then, leaks aren’t really common, so you probably won’t be needing any leak repairs.
Why do roofs leak?
Roofs can leak for several reasons, including:
- Poor installation
- Ruthless outdoor conditions
- Curled, cracked, lifted, or worn shingles
- Faded molding around the flashing
- Spongy roof surface
It all starts with installation. Hiring a licensed, reputable, qualified roofing contractor will help you start off on the right foot. How many years of experience they have is a telling qualification, as are completed projects and customer reviews.
Any small flaw in installation can put your entire installation, making it more vulnerable to both minor damage and major damage. This is why our team of experts here at Summit Roof are perfectionists. We ensure a strong base for your roofing, that every shingle is installed perfectly, and that every part of the roof is made to be able to withstand everything nature throws its way.
How can you find a leak?
Often times, a homeowner will be able to notice a leak before it gets too severe. He/she will see a stain on the ceiling or water running down a wall. If you happen to notice either, try to follow the path of the leak to its source.
You might be able to find it running through the attic. The reason for this is that the ceiling of an attic is typically the roof itself. Furthermore, there’s no other area between the attic ceiling and the roof as there is with other rooms in your home.
If you think you’ve found the source, call a family member or a friend for help. One of you should stay near the source on the inside, while the other climbs atop of the roof to find it from the outside.
Whether you’ve found the leak on the inside or not, the person going on top of the roof can take a bucket of water with them and pour it on different parts of the roof. From there, it’s the job of the person inside to keep an eye out for any drops of water dripping from the ceiling. You should be able to find the leak from there.
That was the DIY way. As you’d expect, roofing experts have many ways to detect a roof leak. If you’re aware of a leak in your roof, you might as well have a roofing expert come inspect and repair your roof. You can either call for professional help immediately, or you can try to figure out where the leak is coming from on your own. Either way, you’ll probably have to call for professional help to repair the leak.
Summit Roof Service Inc.
Rainy season is right around the corner, so make sure that your roof will be able to handle what comes its way. If you think you might have a leak in your roof, or if you just want to make sure that your roof is in good condition, call Summit Roof! We’ll complete a free inspection and let you know if there are any issues with your roof. If necessary, we’ll complete a roof repair.
The Summit Roof staff has over 25 years of experience. We’ve seen it all when it comes to roofing issues; finding and repairing a leak will be quick and easy for our contractors.
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