Repairing Roof Damage
The roof is one of the most important components of the home, and it serves more duties than a new homeowner may even realize. While the home’s plumbing, electricity, heating and cooling system, and more should all be functioning and in good shape, but roof repair and siding installation must be taken seriously so that the exterior of the home is attractive and working well. This can prevent expensive and stressful repairs later on, and a faulty roof or low-quality siding can in fact negatively impact the other utilities of the home as well, and even cost a lot of extra money. Sometimes, bad weather can damage a home, and hail damage repair may be an issue during some times of the year. Aside from hail damage repair, a homeowner may have to fix damage from invasive squirrels, which can do a lot of damage given how small they are. Any sensible homeowner will have regular maintenance and inspection done on the home’s roofing and siding, and roof replacement may be needed if the roof is badly damaged or very old.
About the Roof
Why is the roof so critical, aside from keeping the elements out of the home and everyone in it? The roof acts as part of the home’s insulation system, which is critical for the efficiency of a home’s air conditioning and heating all year long. A roof should be inspected about once or twice a year so that a homeowner can keep pace with developing maintenance issues, such as asphalt tiles falling out or squirrels attempting to chew into the wooden walls of the roof and attic. 23% of homeowners admit that they do not get their roofs inspected at all, or only do so if a serious problem presents itself. The same might be said for the siding; it, too, is important. Why? A home can easily leak warm or cool air during summer or winter, and without proper insulation, a home’s climate control becomes erratic. A good roof and siding are part of the home’s insulation, preventing cool air from leaking out during summer and keeping warm air in during winter. Drafty windows and doors may also sabotage good insulation. This costs money in the long run because in this case, an HVAC system will be overworked to keep compensating for the loss of cool or warm air, and given how nearly half of a home’s energy usage is dedicated to heating and cooling, this drives up the energy bill fast.
Other hazards will involve the weather or pests, major or mild. If holes are in the roof, even ordinary rain can leak a lot of water into the home, and this water will damage drywall and rot and expand wooden surfaces in the attic, and enough damage may harm the house’s structural integrity. Melting snow may have the same effect. Worst of all, this intrusive water will damage delicate electrical components, ruining them and causing further repairs to be needed. Powerful weather can destroy parts of the roof, and hail damage will definitely be needed after a storm. Tornadoes may blow around debris that scrapes off tiles or punches holes in the roof, and a strong enough tornado or hurricane might blow the roof off entirely. Finally, squirrels may chew their way into the attic and build nests in the air ducts or chew on wires or plastic pipes, causing untold damage.
Hail Damage Repair and More
Contractors may be hired to repair or even replace roofs or siding that are very old or that have suffered damage from hail, tornadoes, or squirrel intrusions, and these crews will have all the tools and materials to get the job done. They can replace missing tiles and patch up holes on the roof, and they can install new, better siding, such as vinyl, that can act as better insulation and look more attractive, too. Roof installation may be done if a powerful storm completely destroyed the roof, or if someone buys an old house whose roof is so badly damaged that an entirely new roof is more cost-effective than regular repairs. Roof shingles can be replaced as they fall out or get damaged. Hail damage repair can be made quick and easy once a homeowner reaches out to local contractors.