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How To Take Care Of Your Home's Roof

Mar 1, 2008
It is always extremely alarming to go up into your attic and find that there has been water pouring in resulting from a hole in your house top. The only problem that may be even more frightening other than discovering a really ugly roof dilemma is how much you will have to spend to fix it. Making a good inspection in your attic occasionally is one wise way to stop water devastation and those expensive repairs.

The most obvious time to examine your attic for house top leaks that are coming inside is while there is rain occurring. This is the surest way to know exactly where the water is coming from. The leaking likely begins due to shingles that have worked loose or might have been blown off entirely because of either high winds or substandard roofing. Even when you might have a new roof, it is wise to conduct inspections occasionally to know that it was all properly installed and know that a faulty area does not exist.

When you discover a leaky place quickly enough, the risk of any serious water damage will have been prevented. The solution could be as easy as applying some adhesive to a few loose shingles or if the tar paper underneath is in bad shape, a piece of this might need replacing as well. If the problem has gotten farther along than this, it could be essential to reinstall an entire roof area, wood and all, when the wood been wet very often and has begun to rot.

Provided you are not scared of heights and are pretty useful around the home, even putting on a section of roof may not be over your head, so to speak. Just remember that climbing up onto a roof can be very risky and your home owner's insurance agent could prefer you to find a professional instead of being responsible for some costly medical fees too if you slip off and injure yourself. If you do decide to do the repairs yourself, be sure to get started early and try to have a day or two of rain free weather before you begin, according to the amount of work required.

If you know that the roof is old and if you conclude it has a large number of leaks, your wisest answer may be to have the entire thing re-shingled. When there is no damage that is evident to the wood underneath the shingles, this can be cheaper than putting it off and sooner or later having to reinstall a good amount of the wood too.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Miami water damage restoration and Atlanta water damage restoration companies.
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