We haven’t seen this much rain in the Phoenix in quite some time. This kind of steady rain can take a toll on a roof; a minor leak can cause major problems. As we move into the fifth straight day of rain our company is flooded with service calls from residence and businesses alike. The more rain we get, the more calls we are receiving. While this is good for us, it may not be so good for you. So here's a few tips to save yourself some heartache at times like this.
Roofs leaks are not the only sign that your roof needs repaired.
A cold winter or a hot summer affects the lifetime of your roof. In the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ, we know how unforgiving our sun can be.
Knowing when your roof needs repair
Consumer Reports.org recommends you to use a pair of binoculars. If for no other reason, it gives you an excuse to pull out that pair of binoculars that only get used for the occasional recreation.
It doesn't take a roofing company to spot obvious problem areas:
· curled/cracked shingles
· missing pieces of flashing
· shingles that have gone MIA
· shingles that are excessively dirty or appear to be worn
When the Arizona sun cause shingles to curl, or winter causes ice to build up under shingles – it is easy for strong winds to remove the shingles from your roof. Leaving it unprotected.
Do I need a new roof?
Like anything else, when deciding to replace your roof, consider its age.
According to Consumer Reports.org
if your roof is around 20 years old, and your getting leaks, you’re probably going to have to change it - John Galeotafiore
Bob Villa: Should I replace or repair my roof?
Many times you can get away with a simple patch especially if the roof is less than 10 years old. The decision to patch versus replace comes down to visuals; it is not likely that the patch is going to be same color/texture of roof.
When it comes to an asphalt roof type, you can add a new layer of shingles as an alternative to replacing the entire roof. However, it is an industry standard that you don’t use more than two layers as it begins to effect the overall weight of your structure.
Roofing Contractors in Phoenix, AZ
So, it’s time to bite the bullet and replace the roof. This is the DIY project that you may not want to take on yourself.
Like hiring any other service professional, you want to obtain a quote or two before making a decision to hire the right roofer. A few things to consider:
· insured and licensed
· BBB and ROC in good standings
Most roofing contractors can provide a list of references that will help you feel better about engaging with one contractor over another.
Feel free to contact us, Estrella Roofing, for a free estimate. Ask for me, Juan Lopez, owner of Estrella Roofing in Avondale, AZ.
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