Roof Repair and Installation

One of the concern people have about rain gutters is ice dams, which could lead to the gutters being damaged and breaking off. Problems with the gutters lead to problems with the roof. Properly installed and maintained rain gutters do not cause ice dams. Ice dams are caused by the build- up of ice on the eaves and slopes of the roof. Ice dams are caused by poor installation, poor ventilation and poorly sealed attics, pipes and spaces where hot air can escape from the house to the attic, causing the snow and ice to on top of the roof. As stated before, this can lead to damaged gutters, not caused by them.

If ice dams occur, the water settling on top of the roof from the melted snow and ice can create damage to the shingles. Water will seep into the house through the damaged shingles and damaged wood underneath. When this occurs, you will need to call a roofing company to fix the problem.

If your new home is an older house you may still have the HVAC unit installed on top of the roof. If it is not properly installed or the drip pan in the attic is not draining correctly, it can freeze up and burst. The water can damage the drywall on the inside of the house.

Other problems with the roofs could come from small animals, like squirrels, and raccoons can climb up on nearby trees and get on top of your roof. They will start thinking they are your pets if you don’t get rid of them. If they find their way inside the house it will be harder to catch them to send them on their way. One of the annual items on your maintenance list should be termite treatment from a professional pest control company. Again, you might not think it is necessary to spend $150 to $200 per year on termite treatment. Perhaps, you can go to the local home and garden store and buy the treatment to do it yourself. There are some things I would suggest leaving up to the professionals. The consequences are too great if something goes wrong. It is better to spend $150 to $200 per year to make sure you don’t have a problem, than to spend $1500 to $2000 the year you discover that you do. It could cost ten times as much to get rid of termites than it would to prevent them from causing damage to your home. If they do cause damage, it could cost at least another ten times the cost of getting rid of them, $15,000 to $20,000 to repair the damage that they caused.

You should have your roof inspected when you see signs that there may be problems. Some of the signs of problems with a roof are visible loose shingles on top of the roof, leaks on the inside of the house and water stains on the ceiling and walls.

Remember, this is your oasis. Spend the money to maintain it now or pay for it later. When you get a new car, you take it to the car wash weekly to keep that new car smell for as long as you can. When you get your new home, keep up with the home maintenance so you can keep that new home feeling for as long as you can. It will pay off huge dividends in the future with the value of your home. Put aside at least one percent of the price of your home in a savings account for maintenance expenses. If you get by without having to spend it, then you will have a nice savings account built up that you can use for other emergencies or to take the family on a vacation.