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5 Common Questions About Roofs

Answering Your Roofing Questions

We get a lot of questions both online and from customers about all aspects of roofing. Many of these questions are specific to a home, but others apply to every homeowner.

Here are some common questions we see about roofing.

1. Why is my roof leaking?

There are many reasons for a leak, but it boils down to a failure in the structure of your roof. This doesn’t mean the whole roof is at fault, but at least one portion is not keeping out rainwater.

Similarly, have a professional look to make sure it is actually the roof that’s the issue. It’s possible that the leak is stemming from a burst or rotted pipe. You can also check in the attic to see if there is a breach in the roof, helping determine the source.

If you’ve recently had a rainstorm or other intense weather, it’s possible that part of the roof was either blown off by wind or damaged by debris. After a storm, when it’s safe, see if you can find any evidence of exterior damage. It may be a simple missing shingle, all the way to serious structural damage.

2. What materials are available?

The most popular materials used on roofs across America are shingle, tile, and metal.

Shingles, made from asphalt, are by far the most popular, for good reason. They are cost-effective, durable, and relatively long-lasting — that’s why you see them so often. Shingles also come in adjustable shapes and many colors, making them a flexible option for homeowners.

Metal roofs are even more durable than shingles and will last longer. However, they are liable to dents if hit with debris and are much louder than shingle roofs.

Lastly, tile roofs are also long-lasting and relatively durable. However, you’ll need to pay extra for those qualities, and your roof will need to be built to withstand the weight of all that tile.

3. How long does a roof last?

This depends on a lot of factors. In the life cycle of owning a home, which can span decades, you’ll likely only need to replace your roof once or twice. As we stated above, the material you choose plays into how long the roof will last. Also, if you’re in an area frequently impacted by storms, your roof may take more of a beating, reducing its lifespan.

4. Can I work on my roof myself?

It’s not recommended that you perform DIY roof work. Although a simple concept, the roof is an incredibly complex piece of your home and is one of the most important safeguards against the elements we have.

Not only is it dangerous just getting onto the roof to make repairs in the first place, but the equipment needs to be laid out perfectly to ensure your roof does its job.

5. How do I know my roof needs a repair?

First, the apparent signs of a damaged roof are pervasive leaks or obvious exterior damage. Suppose you see external damage but haven’t noticed any leaks. In that case, it’s still recommended that you get an inspection from a professional to make sure the structure is working correctly and there’s nothing harmful happening that you aren’t aware of.

It’s also not recommended that you get up and try to do a roof inspection yourself. A roofing professional can safely maneuver your roof and has training on what to seek out.

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Rhyne Restoration Roofing has been Orlando’s go-to roofing team since 2004. Through many storms and life events, we’ve been there for families who need expert roofing services. Contact us today at (888) 973-0087 to learn more about how we can help you.