Saving money is top of mind when thinking about home improvement projects. Remember this when prioritizing your checklist: It’s important to take care of roof repairs quickly because your roof can’t go long in disrepair before costing you even more later. A leaking roof can cause damage throughout the home and is the primary cause of structures to be left unsalvageable.
Luckily paying attention to your roof will save you money and extend its life.
A wet spot on the ceiling or down a wall can be a sure sign of a roof leak. Roof leaks typically happen after strong winds and rain or when a separation in old materials starts to give way to pooling water. Evidence of excessive wear or damage can be attributed to the location of a leak. Some leaks can be hard to locate without the help of a professional. It’s important to stay proactive because water will damage your roof and structure more with time.
Shingles and metal are the most common residential roof types in Maryland. Most flat and low sloped roofs will be T.P.O. or rubber.
Loose, missing or badly worn shingles create the potential for a leak. Metal roofing can last a lifetime if cared for properly but if your metal has bare spots with rust it needs to be prepped and recoated before it develops any pinholes that can leak. Remember to check for sticks or other debris that may accumulate on flat areas of your roof after a storm. Sharp objects can tear or poke holes in the relatively soft T.P.O. or rubber. Staying on top of the condition of your roof will save you money in the long run.
Call a professional at the first sign of a leak or visible damage to your roof. Addressing the issue quickly can save you thousands on damage to the roof deck or interior of your home. Companies that specialize in roof repairs like Finney Brothers will often give you a free evaluation of your roof. They can make recommendations for preventative maintenance and address immediate defects without the need to replace the entire roof.
If a complete roof replacement is necessary, it’s possible to save money by installing the new roof over the old one. Most homes can have 2 or more layers of new roofing installed before needing to remove and dispose of the old material. Learn more about our roofing services here.
If your roof doesn’t need immediate attention, take the time to call a few contractors near you. Schedule time to meet and request a quote to see who provides the most value. Finding a contractor that you can trust is an important part of the process. They may help you plan your roofing project for a time of year when labor costs are at their lowest in your area.
You might also be able to save money if your neighbor needs a roof. Coordinating your roof repairs or replacement for when your contractor has other work in the area can save you money on material and mobilization costs.