Don't Put Off These 3 Roof Repairs

Homeowners often have a list of things that need to get done around the house. While it may be okay to postpone addressing some of the things on your to-do list, roofing repairs should never be delayed.

When it comes to roof repairs, time is of the essence. Additional damage can occur if you wait too long to fix problem areas on your roof. Here are three specific types of roof repairs that you can't afford to put off until a later date.

1. Patch Your Roof Membrane

Membranes are common roofing materials found on flat roofs. If your home's roof has areas where there is little or no pitch, you could have a membrane in these areas that is designed to help protect your roof against leaks.

Damage to a roof membrane could be catastrophic. The easiest way to spot membrane damage is to look for evidence of water damage in your attic.

A roofing contractor will be able to find the damaged section and patch the membrane to restore the watertight seal of your roof.

2. Repair Missing or Damaged Flashing

If you look closely at any vents or pipes that extend through your roof, you will see plastic or metal around the base of these protrusions. This plastic or metal is referred to as flashing.

The primary role of flashing is to provide an added layer of protection against leaks in the areas where a vent or pipe has penetrated the surface of your roof. Exposure to the elements and impact damage can compromise the quality of your flashing.

Take the time to inspect your roof for any flashing that is bent, corroded, or missing. This damaged flashing should be replaced right away to help prevent water from leaking into your home.

3. Replace Damaged or Missing Shingles

Shingle damage is one of the easiest roofing problems to spot. All you have to do is check the surface of your roof for discoloration or shingles that are missing.

Darker patches on your roof represent areas where the protective granules on your shingles have eroded. Without these granules, the underlying asphalt material is more susceptible to failure.

Missing shingles can be problematic because they not only let moisture penetrate your roof, they expose the underlayment to the elements. The faster you can replace damaged shingles, the less likely these shingles are to cause additional roofing problems down the road. 

For more information on roof repair, contact a company like Allcon Roofing.