A homeowner is responsible for the repair and upkeep of every part of their house, from replacing drafty windows to fixing the plumbing to repairing the foundation. Don’t forget the roof, either, since a roof in good repair is comfortable and secure while an old or damaged roof can cause many different problems. A roof in need of repair may leak water, disrupt the house’s climate control, and more. Fortunately, roofing contractors are always available to help, and roofing services may refer a homeowner to gutter services, too. A good gutter service can repair or replace the gutters on a house, since faulty gutters can cause problems, too. What is there to know about a gutter service’s work, and the work of roofers?
Old Roofs and Gutters
As for why a homeowner may hire gutter services or roofing repair crews, the reasons are many. An old roof may develop many cracks and small holes over time, often the result of expanding and contracting due to temperature changes for many years. Or, tiles may fall out or wear out. All this allows water to leak right in, and leaking water may rot and expand the wood in the attic, which calls for more repairs. That invading water can get even deeper into the house, and cause water damage on drywall and even short out electrical components in the walls. Leaking water can cause mold growth, and it may pool on the floor or in the basement. A roof may also get damaged from heavy hail or debris blown around by a tornado or hurricane. The strongest storms may blow off the roof entirely.
What about the gutters? Gutters are often taken for granted, and their job is to collect rain water from the roof and deposit it elsewhere. But gutters can get clogged with dead leaves, sticks and animal nests, and more, which may allow far too much water to pool at one part of the roof. All that heavy water may easily leak into the house through cracks and holes. Badly damaged gutters may break off entirely from the house, allowing water to get all of the house’s foundation.
A damaged roof or faulty gutters are too skill-intensive to repair for a DIY project. Fortunately, any homeowner can look up gutter services and roof repair contractors in their area, and look for them online. A good repair service will have its own website, complete with photos, videos, and articles showcasing their work, along with contact information. The same is true for finding vs or even siding repair crews. A homeowner may compare a few different companies, then choose one to hire for the job.
Once on the scene, repair professionals will replace or repair anything that is damaged or missing. These crews can pour liquid rubber, for example, which will efficiently seal up all cracks and holes in the roof and prevent more from forming, which prevents leaks. These repair workers can also replace any missing shingle tiles on the roof. Meanwhile, if necessary, these crews can remove intruding squirrels and their nests from the attic and ventilation system, then repair the hole that those animals chewed. Nearby tree branches can be trimmed away, and special paint can be applied to the roof, to discourage further squirrel intrusions.
Gutter repair services may clear up any and all clogs in a gutter, and fix any loose bolts or joints on it, too. Very old or damaged gutters may be replaced entirely, and newer gutters are often wide models that can carry a lot of water. Commercial buildings have the widest gutters of all, since their roofs are large and collect a lot of water.
If the roof is very badly damaged, such as from a storm of very old age, it may be more practical and cheaper to remove it and replace it with an entirely new model. A new roof is free of any missing tiles or leaks or rotted wood, and that makes it a good investment. Someone who buys an old house may get the roof replaced like this, for example. Metal roofs may be the most efficient of all, being very tough, attractive, long-lasting, and good for insulation purposes.