4 Roof Repair Tips for Your Philadelphia Rowhome
Although Philadelphia rowhome roofs can be relatively small in size, when shingles age and you begin to experience leaks, repairs can be an expensive headache. Deciding between roof repair or replacement may be difficult. Here are some tips to remember.
Although rowhome roofs can be relatively small in size, when shingles age and you begin to experience leaks, repairs can be an expensive headache. Often just determining the cause of a roof leak can be tricky without sending an experienced roofer up to investigate. Deciding whether to repair or replace a roof can be difficult, too — chances are, a small repair will serve only as a temporary fix, especially if the roof is older. Here are a few roof repair tips to keep in mind for your Philadelphia rowhome.
1. Determine the Cause of the Problem
If you notice water leaking into your home after heavy rains, chances are your roof is the root cause of the issue. Other signs of roof problems, according to the Bob Vila site, include cracked or curling shingles, missing shingles, the presence of mildew, or wet stains on interior walls or ceilings. If you’re unable to visually inspect your roof from the ground, call a roofing contractor and ask about a roof inspection. If you do choose to inspect the roof yourself, remember to be safe. Have someone hold the ladder for you, and don’t go up on a wet, slippery roof — wait for dry weather. Also, if your roof is damaged following a weather-related event, check with your insurance agent about filing a claim.
2. A Small Roof Repair May Protect From Future Damage
Often, fixing a roof problem involves a trial-and-error process. Once you have had the roof inspected, you may want to try a small repair, especially if something obvious like missing or cracked shingles are found. Even leaving a few broken shingles on your roof can leave your entire home vulnerable if a bad storm rolls through town, so it’s better to spend the time and money to make a quick repair than risk later damage.
3. Add an Ice Shield
Last year’s rough winter dumped tons of snow and ice on the region and many houses suffered the effects of the extreme weather. Low-pitched roofs, like those on many Philadelphia rowhomes, are prone to ice dams, which are the icicles you see hanging from your eaves. If you’re repairing or replacing your roof, consider adding an ice shield to prevent melting and refreezing snow from clogging your gutter or leaking into your home.
4. Roof Replacement
If you have an older roof (i.e., 20 years old or older), it may be time to stop patching up problems and consider replacement. Newer shingles are tougher against rain and wind and come in an extended variety of colors. Other options that you might be able to cost-justify include cool roofs, green roofs, or even the addition of solar panels. Also consider the time of year you need to make repairs. If you’ve been experiencing consistent roof problems and winter is coming, it may make sense to move on to replacement before the weather turns too cold and you’re stuck with a leaking roof for another cold season.
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