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Roofing Repairs, Restoration and Replacement: Which Do You Need? There is no need to expound on the importance of a quality roof over your head protecting your loved ones and valuables from the harsh elements outside. It is equally important to keep the roof over your head well maintained so it can continue to accomplish its task. Following is a reference to help you better understand the conditions of your roof, how to administer a basic check up and when it might be necessary to call in the professionals. Conducting a Routine check of the Roofing Conditions of your Home Just like everything in else in this world a roof is subject to deterioration over time. With a fair amount of maintenance this time can be extended quite a bit --nevertheless, the fact is that no roof will last forever. In order to get the most out of your investment, it is a good idea to perform routine check up of the roof, the idea for doing this is to prevent any problems before they become expensive to remedy. Following is list of things to be on the lookout for -- you may want to keep this on hand and conduct an inspection every six months, after a heavy rain or extreme weather conditions or if you begin to notice the tell tale signs of a roof in critical conditions. Look for: -Overflowing Rain Gutters -Loose or missing Shingles -Loose nails -Water Damage and Moisture on the inside of the Home --often on the top of the walls and the ceilings. -Bulging,Worn and Sagging Shingles These conditions are all symptomatic of a roof in disrepair --if you fail to react soon you may find yourself headed for a major roofing catastrophe. But what do you do if you do notice some of these conditions? Should you call in the Professionals? Is it necessary to replace the roof? The amount of remedy that will be required to restore your roof may not be as extensive as you think --or as expensive. There are also several options available from professional roofing contractors on varying grades that can save you cash in the long run. Following is a run down on the different options available and some pointers to help you decide which one you need. Roofing Repairs: The First Aid of Roofing Conditions If you happen to notice that your roof may be in bad condition you can do one of two things. If you are the capable DIY sort, you may hop on up to the roof and ascertain the extent of the damage for yourself-- it may be that the damage has not gone far and you will be able to handle a few minor repairs and clean up yourself. If you don't think these roofing antics are a good idea for your particular constitutions --don’t be ashamed to call in a professional to look over the situation and proffer you his professional opinion. The biggest indicator that bigger repairs are needed --those that would be best delegated to a professional-- is water on the inside of the house. Either dripping from the ceiling or manifested in water damage at the top of the walls, water damage should not be taken lightly as water damage can cause health issues if left unattended. If allowed to continue the repairs may grow more extensive and become more costly to remedy as a larger portion of the ceiling and the ceiling tiles may need to be replaced. Roof Restoration: The Middle Option / The Preventative Option So what if it is pretty obvious that repairs need to be made but a replacement may be over shooting the need. There is a nice halfway option between replacing your roof and addressing the needs it has for repairs --this option is roof restoration. The idea behind roof restoration is primarily to conduct repair work and treatment that will restore your roof to its original conditions. A roof that has been professionally restored has also had its life lengthened exponentially. The restoration process is performed through a number of different treatments that each benefit a different aspect of your roof. Cleaning - First of all the roof will be washed down with a high pressure washer to remove all debris, leaves and dirt. Bedding -- The bedding is the term for the tar paper laid beneath the shingles. After a while this can lose some of its effectiveness and will be replaced. Tile Replacement --The tiles that are lain out across the roof will be inspected. Those that are worn, cracked or damaged in any way will be replaced. Sealing --the final touch on the restoration process is to treat the entire roof, tiles and bedding with a primer and a sealant to minimize the occurrences of leaks in the future. Roof Replacement: The Overhaul If the damage has become so extensive that the roof needs to be replaced you will want to be sure you know the full extent of the damage. Are the coverings completely damaged? The coverings are the shingles and bedding. What about the wooden panels below have they been damaged and need replacing? If the wooden panels have been damaged it is likely the damage has spread on to the wooden trusses below --this is when the damage has reached critical levels and why it's best to catch these problems early. When having a roof replaced you may also have a chance to choose a tiling option for further protection from the elements. Tiling options exist in a variety of materials, styles and prices to give you the most appropriate roofing type for your preferences. Concrete tiles are the inexpensive option, especially in comparison with terracotta --although there is nothing like the look of terracotta tiling. Then there are other options that are significantly more expensive but can increase the life of your roof even further. Be sure you consider all your options and ascertain the level of repair work needed before deciding on a roofing option that's right for you. And remember that catching a faulty roofing condition early is the best way to avoid a major overhaul.