There’s no such thing as a “forever” roof, no matter what you may have been told by home supply stores or professional roofing companies.
Some roofs are going to be able to last for up to 30 years before they have to be repaired or replaced, but the overwhelming majority of roofs are going to expire a lot sooner than that. These kinds of jobs can get pricey in a hurry if you choose to move forward with big time roofing companies, which is why so many homeowners consider tackling this project all on their own – even if they don’t have a world of experience with this kind of work in the first place.
And while it’s probably not the best idea to tackle a whole roof renovation or removal and replacement project on your own if you haven’t swung a hammer the last time you build a birdhouse, there are a couple of roofing repair tips and tricks every homeowner should know about if they are going to consider tackling this kind of job.
Below you’ll find a whole host of these tips and tricks that should help you really hit the ground running.
Of course, if you want to be sure that the right professionals are taking care of everything for you – handling all of the heavy lifting and scaling the heights necessary to climb on your roof in the hot Hernando County sun – you’ll want to hire experts like our own here at Spring Hill Roofer.
We’ll make sure that you get the best results possible at a very friendly price point, without having to climb any ladders, play around with any roofing materials, or risk getting sunburned!
You’re going to need ladders you can trust
Right out of the gate, you’re going to want to make sure that you have invested in high quality extension ladders to make sure that you can get on top of your roof safely – you'll also need to make sure that these ladders are rated to handle all of the extra weight necessary to get your roofing materials up there as well.
This is not the kind of job that you can successfully tackle with a rickety old stepladder, that’s for sure. Instead, you’ll want to make sure that you have invested in quality aluminum extension ladders that are more than capable of tackling the project at hand.
These kinds of ladders aren’t all that inexpensive, however – just another reason to lean on the professionals to get the job done. You don’t want to get stuck with a multi-hundred dollar ladder you’ll never use again just because you wanted to do your own roof.
Get your hands on a roofing shovel
A roofing shovel is a specifically designed shovel that will peel and pop traditional architectural shingles but also does a great job at pulling apart other forms of roofing materials, too.
A quality roofing shovel is going to be very strong, very durable, and capable of taking quite a beating. It’s also going to have a unique angle bracket that gives you extra leverage and quite a few teeth at the “business end” of the shovel to pick and chew the roofing material you are hoping to get rid of.
The reason you want to have one of these shovels rather than some things you have laying about the house is so that you can peel up larger chunks of your roofing material at once and then slide them off onto a tarp or dropcloth. This not only speeds the process of significantly but also cuts down on the manual labor inevitably involved in getting rid of your old roof before your new one is put on.
Take care of ALL structural issues before you rebuild your roof
Once you commit to pulling off your old roof, you’ll want to make sure that you (or construction experts) analyze the structural integrity of your roof framing to make sure that everything is good to go before your new roof is put on.
This might seem obvious to most, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people out there that ignore this critical roofing repair, replacing an old roof with a brand-new one without addressing the underlying issues that may have caused the old roof to become compromised in the first place.
Shore up your rafters, tie off any joists, and make sure that your sill plates are ready to rock and roll before the new roof gets put on and everything gets covered up again.
Hire professionals to handle everything for you
Of course, if you are serious about getting the best quality job done here in Hernando County (and all the surrounding counties including Pasco, Citrus, Hillsborough, Pinellas, etc) you’re going to want to make sure that you take advantage of maybe the most important of all roofing repair tips – that you hire the right professional experts to tackle this work for you, providing you with a picture-perfect roof repair job that you don’t have to worry about for another 30 years.
We have been providing the Spring Hill community, and the surrounding Hernando County region, here in Florida with quality roofing services that homeowners can trust.
We might not get battered with the kinds of hurricane winds and inclement weather that the East Coast of Florida gets (though a couple of years ago that certainly was the case), but you still need to make sure that your roof is ready to stand up to everything that Mother Nature might choose to throw at you.