A damaged roof could eventually cost the homeowner thousands of dollars if the problem is not addressed immediately. Even if the damage is covered by homeowners insurance deductibles can have an extremely negative impact on the homeowners bank balance. The temptation is to simply ignore the problem in the hope that it isn’t serious – this would be a costly mistake.
A recent survey in the United States indicated that the average cost for roof repair was in the region of around $800. Compare this to the cost of replacing the roof of the average home which is in the region of $7,000 and it becomes readily apparent that prompt residential roof repair should be an absolute priority.
It’s also important to note that many roof repairs can be carried out by the homeowner him or herself. even those with a bare minimum of DIY knowledge can undertake simple repairs – and taking on roof repair as a DIY project can save hundreds of dollars.
There are certain types of repairs that can be easily undertaken. However if you feel that you are out of your depth then its time to call in the professionals. Also be aware that working on a roof is inherently dangerous if the correct equipment is not used and the safety precautions are not followed.
Damaged flashing is one of the repairs that is relatively easy to repair or replace. Flashing is the material that is placed between fixtures such as chimneys and the roof itself. It is usually made from plastic or sheet metal.
Replacing the sealant around flashing or skylights is also simple. Flashing sealant is available for below $10. The materials around the area may have to be removed in order to reseal.
If there is physical damage to the roof, such as missing roof material caused by bad weather or falling tree branches it is best to call in the professionals. The risk of water damage due to a botched DIY job is simply too great. This needs the attention of professionals even if the homeowner thinks that the simple application of some roofing caulk will seal a small hole. This will only eventually allow water to seep through the roof.
In the case of missing shingles it is relatively easy to replace these. packs of replacement shingles are available from a number of specialist DIY and home improvement stores.
The choice of whether to undertake residential roof repair as a DIY project or to call in the professionals is up to the judgement of the homeowner – however – always err on the side of caution – mistakes can be extremely costly.