If you're reading this article because you've been online and you're looking for advice on how to repair a roof. you definitely found the right article that's going to discuss some of the pros and cons of repairing it yourself or having it outsourced to a roofing company.
It's important to first talk about the different types of roofs and commonly repaired roofs done by do-it-your selfers. All the way to a more detailed and more precise roof repair like metal or tile.
The San Antonio area has several different types of roofing styles. All the way from the Northeast to many of our military base houses that have residential style asphalt roof installations to fiberglass installation shingles style roofs.
But not to forget about the diversity that the community has especially for what it's known for and that is the terracotta tile roof. Aside from that there are many other types of roofs available for commercial and for residential. one of the most popular for commercial and residential aside from the asphalt roof in the San Antonio area are metal roofs.
I'm going to discuss in some detail some of the easier types of roofs to repair for starting with an asphalt roof. Asphalt roofs are really simple to repair in most cases. And some cases a small leak can be a very frustrating thing to fix if you don't have any experience in hunting for where it is leaking from.
However, in most cases it can be a very simple fix that can be accessed depending on the type of damage it has from the rooftop and from the attic as well. Often if you were to call someone for a roof inspection at typical inspection would be a walk of the roof and the contractor discussing with you beforehand approximately where the leak is located.
Depending on the size of the damage typically what a roof inspector would do would be to take some pictures and suggest to you that they repair the damage immediately. Waiting to repair this damage is only asking for the problem to get much worse. If the roof inspector is also someone that does repair roofs it would be important to get a price immediately for that potential fix one she has diagnosed with the problem is.
I've seen roof repairs for asphalt roofs be as simple as replacing a couple of shingles all the way to a medium fix where the replacing shingles decking and potentially accessing the inside of the attic to shore up the leak all the way to a total roof repair and a total roof loss. in a case where it might be a total roof loss it's important to understand what kind of damage you have and when the damage might have happened.
In some cases a total roof repair might be in your best interest and might even be covered by your insurance company. It's important to know what kind of damage it is and having a roof inspection is a very good first step in diagnosing what the problem is. Even if I have a roof inspection I may still consider doing the roof repair myself if it is something simple to fix. However, and in some cases if you do find a good contractor that is charging a fair price for his or her work then it might just again be worth getting it done immediately instead of waiting for the next big storm to come and getting out of a waiting list that is really long
Metal roof repairs can be a bit trickier than your average roof repair. Metal because of its durability and inability to be bent over and over again without having certain stresses needs to be worked with to cut the shape and fit in like a perfect glove. Understanding the hydrodynamics of how water flows down your roof and identifying where the leak is can be somewhat difficult with metal if you don't have experience with it. On the other hand, if you have some pretty good technical knowledge of roofing and feel confident I would still have you highly consider having a roof inspection first before starting any work.
Having a roof inspection from a reputable roofer that has experience with metal roofing can save you a ton of time even if you choose to do the roof repair yourself. I've seen metal roof repairs be as easy as something that just needs to be caulked all the way to flashing that needs to be fixed in the dress or a complete replacement.
In some cases small pinholes could develop over many years time or damage that has been caused to the metal roofing from things like tree limbs or even solar panels that have been installed and then replaced.
I like to explain metal roofs to people like a tailor that makes a suit for someone who likes to describe how it is created and how it is going to fit when it's done. A metal roof if done correctly by a reputable metal roofing contractor can be a real curb boost and curve appeal gem that helps you sell your home or gives you the appreciation to come back to it every night.
A metal roof really can dress up your home and be a carefree roofing experience most of the time. When considering repairing your metal roof it's important or to have some knowledge about your roof beforehand. In some cases you'll have the blueprints to your house and you may know what was on your home originally, specifically the gauge of metal.
In some cases there have been two and three generations of roofs and it may take you getting a small tool that measures the gauge of the roof you know what type of metal and metal gauge you have on your roof. Off to when people get ready to repair or replace a roof they don't even take into consideration that the material that the replacing the roof with has several different ranges of quality that needs to be considered. And some cases of thinner gauged metal in an area like San Antonio with hail will not stand up against hail damage of much size at all. Small marble size hail can make your metal roof of low gauge metal look like it has a cellulite problem.
The crazy thing about this type of damage is insurance companies have found a way to sneak out on not paying in some cases for this type of damage. How do they do that? It's because they don't call it anything more than cosmetic then actual damage. However, it's not true in fact several insurance companies were sued in 2016 because of them trying to play this game that was played in Louisiana when they said it was a surge not a giant hurricane to destroy all these houses. The truth is it's important doing a metal roof repair to really understand what it is you're replacing your real quick. Having a higher gauge metal ensures a longer lifetime and more durability.
The bottom line if you're getting a higher gauge quality metal roof or repair over replacement you're typically going to pay more per square foot. Most roofing contractors figure it out in a 10x10 square and will give you a 10x10 price for the metal roof. As of recently with metal being or having high terrace on it it's affected prices on a local level and a national level. In other words having a roof repair for metal my suggestion to have someone come out and do a professional roof inspection first.
Typically these roof inspectors also do the roof repair and if they have access to metal they're usually buying it in greater quantities which means even with the current tariffs on aluminum and some other metals they can still end up getting a better price than you would depending on the size of the repair for your metal roof that you might have to do.
One of my favorite types of roofs in the San Antonio area is the iconic terracotta tile roof. This roof can be in some cases very simple to repair but also without the right tools or knowledge it can be very difficult and frustrating to repair. This is a superior roof that I really have a lot of love for and when diagnosing what's wrong with this roof it's more important to try to do a ground inspection first that it is to get right up on the roof and start walking around on it.
Why? Well terracotta tile roofs are very easily damaged by foot traffic. I've seen people do roof inspections before and walk on roofs and create more damage than was on the roof before. walking on the terracotta tile incorrectly is very easy to do and with that walking on the terracotta tile you can easily damage and create more roof repair needs that you didn't have prior to walking on it.
One of the best ideas that I have seen is roofing contractors using aerial drones to do roof inspections. This is a great tool that can be used to identify and diagnose many problems especially with a 4K camera that actually sees better than the human eye.
When it comes to tile roof repairs I have seen several roof repairs done over the years and what I will say is most roof repairs are between 500 and The Moon. Meaning an average roof repair that I have seen in the San Antonio area is typically $500 on the low and all the way to a total loss of a roof which again could be advantageous for a homeowner if it is directly tied to a storm or damage that the area has had recently within the last year.
The reason I think getting a roof repair done from a reputable tile roofing company is important is simply because there are many different types of tiles on the market and having a reputable roofing contractor that has access to the many different styles to end up saving you a lot of time.
From the ground I know most styles seem to all look the same but there are many varieties and many types of tile roofs and in some cases replacing old tiles that are no longer made requires that roof repair contractor to call upon people in his industry to know where overstock could be in order to give that roof the right look. Having a tile that is not the right color stands out like Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer's nose.
One of the other advantages of having a reputable roof contractor is that in some cases they know certain styles of roof are no longer being made and are no longer available. In those cases it has been my experience to have seen roofers be able to get a roof replacement done for a roof with a new product.
This is a huge plus so whether or not you decide to do the roof repair yourself or you decide to have a professional do it my advice to you is have the professional come out first and do the roof inspection so they give you some advice for free. Check us out, give us a call, offer a roof inspection and we're happy to help.