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Atlanta Roofing: Article About Damaged Roofs

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Every homeowner knows that there are some maintenance projects that can be put off for a while without causing any damage or without leading to expensive and extensive repairs. A damaged roof is not something that any homeowner will want to procrastinate on fixing. This can lead to serious damage to the structure of the home, the property inside of the home, and thousands of dollars going out in paying for water damage repair. Atlanta roofing professionals encourage homeowners to look for telltale signs that their roof has experienced damaged.

There are some signs that homeowners can look for that indicate roofing damage. First, they want to look at the condition of the roof's tiles. If some tiles are cracked or missing, this issue needs to be addressed. As they are looking at the tiles, they may notice nail pop. This can occur for a variety of reasons. The contractor who installed the roof could have used nails that were too short. Or as the temperature changes, contraction and expansion may cause the nails to lift up. Second, the metal strips located around skylights, chimneys, and vents should also be inspected. If cracks are noticed, this can lead to leaks and water damage.

If it is determined that an extensive roof repair needs to be done, a contractor will need to decide how much roofing material will be purchased.

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Materials used for roofing projects are sold by the square. A contractor will measure the sections of the roof that need to be repaired and then divide that number in feet by 100. They will then come up with a rough estimate of how much material is needed. For example, if the area is 2,500 square feet, about 25 squares of material will need to be purchased. Most contractors will add on a bit extra for waste.

When a complete roof replacement is done, all old roofing material will usually need to be removed. It will be stripped down to the sheathing of the roof. Some homes are strong enough to hold the weight of two layers of roofing material, but most homeowners prefer a complete tear off and roof replacement. Not only does this eliminate any weight concerns, but the roofing professional will be able to thoroughly inspect the roof structure for other issues, including wood rot and termite infestation.

Roofing contractors are able to provide extensive information for homeowners to not only detect the first telltale signs of roof damage, but they will provide invaluable assistance when drastic measures need to be taken.

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