The most important thing you can do once you see any signs of damage to your roof, whether it’s cracked tiles, holes in roof sheeting, leaks or any signs of sagging, is to act quickly to get it repaired.

Acting quickly can save you money in the long run, because what may seem like a minor problem can escalate at a rapid pace on the roof, especially because of its exposure to the elements.

The ideal is to catch any problems while there’s still a chance of repair, instead of having to go to the extent of replacing the roof completely. 

Any really good residential roofing company will be more than happy to inspect your roof, which is generally a free service, in order to help you decide which course of action will be best in terms of roof repairs.

Always make sure you check into the background, experience and reputation of roofing contractors before you sign on the dotted line for roof repairs of any kind.

Roof repairs can be broken up into two main categories; minor roof repairs and major roof repairs. Provided that your roof isn’t reaching its age limit of around 25 to 30 years, there’s always hope that you’ll be sticking to minor roof repairs, in order to keep your roof in good condition for the duration of its lifespan.

Types of minor roof repairs

The most common types of minor roof repairs include those such as the replacement of cracked or missing roof tiles, repair of small leaks and other small holes on the roof.

Included in these types of roof repairs are those of repairing and resealing of flashing, as well as basic tasks such as the cleaning of gutters. While it’s pretty easy to keep your gutters clean on your own, it’s always a good idea to speak to a roofing specialist before you consider taking the DIY approach, even when it comes to smaller roof repairs.

Making mistakes with minor roof repairs could lead to far costlier problems further down the line!

Types of major roof repairs

If repairs to HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning), plumbing or electrical repairs are involved, along with repairs to the structure due to water or storm damage, you’re going to be looking at major roof repairs.

One of the best ways to avoid major roof repairs is to have your roof inspected once or twice a year, and to let roofing experts give it a thorough going-over in the wake of a major storm.

If you’re going to be carrying out renovations to the structure of your home, the roof will also have to be renovated in order to ensure its safety, which will require a high level of skill on the part of your roofing contractor.

In general, major roof repairs include the treatment of mould, addressing the effects of extensive water damage to the roof and structure, repair of sagging and removal of mould, as well as the replacement of flashing and repairing the chimney.

The bottom line when it comes to taking care of your roof, is to tackle the smaller problems quickly, before they become a major expense. 

Contact a roofing specialist you can trust to find out whether you can continue to keep your roof in good shape with the right minor repairs for now, or whether it’s time to head for the major leagues, which could include a complete roof replacement!