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Your Roof: Repair Or Replacement A majority of houses have been designed to be able to withstand certain weather conditions, no matter where they happen to be built. For example, in Australia, one can experience harsh snows and tornadoes. It is necessary for rooftops to be durable, and to be able to withstand almost anything. Your home is so much more than merely a house. Your home is the special place where so much of your life takes place. The first steps taken by your children happen there, it's where birthday celebrations take place, and the place where tearful goodbyes occur between loved ones. Given that all of these special moments happen under your roof, don't you think it's important that it be made from the highest quality materials that are available? Warning Signs That Your Roof Is Dying Is the roofing system on your house dying, or are you just imagining things? The following are some of the warning signs to help you know: - Loose Nails - Sagging or Buckling Shingles - Gutter Overflow - Interior water damage (inside your house) - Missing or Loose Shingles These are just some of the signs you should watch out for. However, what should you do when they do happen to crop up? There is a significant difference between just having to do a couple of repairs and needing to replace your entire roof. The main difference between the two is money. So let's take a closer looks at some of the basics of roofing. Signs That Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired First of all, you might notice some leaks inside your house. The most important things to check are your ceilings walls. Also check the carpets. The most likely thing that you will notice is signs that the drywall has been saturated with water. That is a problem that you need to address so that it doesn't continue to happen. If the problem is repaired right away, there will not be permanent damage caused by the leaks. However, continual leakage can result in you needing to replace your ceiling tiles or ceiling. Another thing that you need to be aware of is that when water and humidity mix together it can result in the growth of mold. For any house, black mold can be a serious problem, especially if any family members have any respiratory problems. That is a situation that could potentially be fatal, so make sure the problem is addressed right away. If only small parts of the roof are damaged, then you will definitely want to repair them. Losing a couple of shingles is a good example of this. In this type of situation, replacing a couple of lost shingles would be a lot less expensive than having to replace the whole roof. There could be a more serious problem, such as losing several roof tiles. However, it would still not be extensive enough damage to require you having to replace the entire roof. The decision is usually one that your insurance company will make. They will take into account the percentage of damage in addition to how old your roof is. For example, if your roof has more than 35% damage to it, your insurance company might decide to have it fully repaired since over the long run it will cost less. Signs That Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced If your insurance company or you decides that your roof needs to be fully replaced, you will need to consider several different factors. First of all, do just the coverings need to be replaced? The coverings refer to the tar paper and shingles. The plywood panels may also be included. However, if there is a need to go even deeper, the trusses might need to be replaced and that could start to get expensive. What type of covering is your roof going to need? One good option is tiles. There are several different kinds that you can choose from. The cheapest are concrete tiles, at least when you compare them with terracotta. Colorbond provides the longest lasting protection but is also the most expensive. Colorbond roofs can last for thirty years or more. If you are able to afford one, they are definitely a good investment. Roof Restoration: Your Middle Ground Option What if your roof is in need of something more extensive that merely a simple repair, but replacing the whole thing is something you really don't want to have to do at this point in time? A really great alternative is restoration. It is an option you should definitely keep in mind- just in case you might need it. What does a restoration job involve and how does it differ from repair and replacement? The idea behind restoration is to give your roof the appearance that it had prior to when it started to deteriorate. Assuming that your roof qualifies for restoration, you will need to take several steps: - Cleaning: A pressure washer will need to be used to clean the roof, to clear it of all debris, grime and dirt. - Bedding: You will need to replace the bedding. This is the tar paper under the shingles. - Replacement: You will not need to replace all of the tiles. However, your roofer will make sure that all of the damaged and broken tiles are removed and replaced with new ones. - Sealing: At the end of this replacement process, primer and sealer will be applied to your roof. This will help to prevent any future water leaks. Now you have a general idea of how to properly identify your roof's needs. At this point it is a good idea to contact a roofing contractor or specialist. Let them know what needs to be done and they can offer their professional opinion. Before long, your roof will be well protected from the elements and look like new once again.