Is your roof in need of repairs, or are you just being cautious and preparing in case they will be soon? In either case, we’ve put together a list of common questions people have about roof repair.
What Materials Are Needed to Repair a Roof? Roofers typically have an array of tools and materials needed to repair a roof, but what they use often depends on the type of damage and the material that the roof is made out of. Some of the must-have tools and materials are:
- A sturdy, trusted ladder: Of course, to get up onto the roof to repair the damage, you’ll need a ladder that will safely and comfortably hold your weight and won’t fall once you get up there. Step ladders should NOT be used to get on your roof. An extension ladder that rests against the roof’s eave and extends 3 feet above the edge is best for your safety.
- Protective gear: Roofing is a potentially dangerous job. It’s important for all roofers and DIYers to have the necessary protective gear, such as gloves, long pants, and long sleeve shirts, and a safety harness, to help prevent serious injury.
- Flat pry bar:: Pry bars are handy tools used to remove nails, sealant strips, and old shingles(?).
- Roofing hammer & galvanized roofing nails: Roofing nails have larger heads than regular nails and are used to secure shingles, tiles, flashings, and underlayment.
- Sealant: Sealant is used in areas around shingles to prevent water leakage. Sealants come in tube form for caulking or in pails for use with a trowel. Do not use Silicone type sealants for roofing repairs. Use sealants compatible with the type of roof you are working on.
- Utility knife: Used to cut underlayment rolls, shingles, etc.
Remember that roofing is best left to the professionals. If you have no professional roofing or construction experience, the cost is well worth it to prevent any potential injuries or further damage to your home.
- How Often Do You Need to Repair or Replace a Roof? If you’ve owned your home for a while, it might be time to get your roof replaced – even if it’s looking good. Typically, a roof should be replaced every 15-25 years, depending on the type of material used to build it. Some materials, like metal, can last upwards of 50 years – but most Arizona roofs, made with clay tiles, need to be replaced every 20 – 30 years. Check your home’s records to see when you need to schedule a replacement.
- Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Repair? Most homeowners insurance companies only cover the cost of roof repairs if the damage sustained is a result of a sudden, unpredictable event – such as weather or an accidental heavy impact. If your roof needs repairs because of regular old wear and tear, that’s considered part of the homeowner’s maintenance responsibility and is usually not covered.
- Should You Call Insurance or a Roofer First? Calling your insurance company after your roof sustains damage or is obviously in need of repair may seem like the natural first step, but calling a roofer first is actually a better idea. Roofing companies, such as Roofstar Arizona, can partner with you and help keep insurance companies from taking advantage. In addition, roofing contractors are experts in their field and thus can better assess the damage.
Got any more questions? Check out our other blogs, or give us a call at (480)-426-1915 and get a free roof inspection. We’ll tell you the truth about your roof!