The roof of any house is a very important piece of hardware. The roof is responsible for keeping out the elements such as strong sunlight, rain, hail, wind, and more, and the roof also helps maintain the house’s climate control. The roof can also keep out wildlife, from birds to squirrels. Sometimes, however, a homeowner may realize that their roof is badly damaged or leaking a lot, and serious damage calls for some roof repair or even replacement at the hands of a roofing contractor team. Gutter installation or repair may also be done, as clogged or damaged gutters may cause rain water to get out of control and damage the property. In fact, a homeowner may contact emergency tarp services to place a waterproof tarp over a badly damaged roof until repairs can be done. Hiring a emergency tarp service can help prevent further damage, a smart route to take.
Problems With a Roof
Why might a homeowner need to call upon emergency tarp services and the like before their roof is fixed? A roof may suffer from serious trauma, so much so that whole pieces of it are missing. Large hail, for example, may blast off tiles from the roof and put major cracks in the wood, and all this will admit a lot of rain water. Worse yet, a powerful storm such as a tornado or even a hurricane may fling around heavy debris which may break off tiles from the roof and cause other major damage. It may be noted that tornadoes are often accompanied by hail. Needless to say, if a roof has massive holes in it, a emergency tarp service should be called, and experts will fit a tarp over the roof to prevent further leaks. Such a tarp might be thought of as a temporary roof, or a bandage, until proper repairs can be done.
Not all roof damage is so traumatic, but subtle roof damage might in fact be worse because it may be tougher to spot. Over time, a roof may develop cracks or holes from expanding and contracting as the seasons change, and even the smallest cracks or holes can admit rain water. That, and tiles may wear out or rot and fall right off, exposing the roof. Any of this will allow rain to leak in, and leaking water is a major hazard. Such water may rot expand, and warp the wood in the attic, which calls for repairs. Intruding water may also stain the house’s drywall (more repairs), and it may also short out electrical components in the walls. Such water may also settle and form pools in the basement or ground floor, and standing water may damage the property. And of course, a roof with cracks and holes will also leak air, which disrupts the house’s climate control and thus overworks the heating and cooling utility. If warm air leaks out in winter or cool air gets out during summer, the HVAC system is using up expensive electricity to work overtime and compensate.
A concerned homeowner may look up a number of local roofer contractor companies and choose one to hire for the job. Once on the scene, roofers may diagnose the problem and effect repairs, such as replacing missing or old roof tiles with new ones. What is more, these repair experts may pour on liquid rubber, which can easily seal up any and all cracks or holes and prevent more from forming. This makes the roof watertight. Meanwhile, if squirrels had chewed their way into the roof, roofers can remove the animals and their nests, then patch up the holes and apply paint that repels wildlife.
Very old or badly damaged roofs might be so expensive to repair, it is more cost-efficient to remove them and replace them entirely. This might be done after a close call with a tornado, for example, or for a newly-bought, very old house. A new roof may be either asphalt shingles or metal models. In particular, metal roofs are very tough and last a long time, and they are cheaper to install than tile roofs. Metal roofs are excellent insulators and come in a wide variety of colors. Better yet, they can be recycled once their lifetime is over.
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