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My Roof - Is It Repairable, Or Should I Call a Pro?

Apr 15th 2015 at 12:03 AM

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. As such, it should be maintained often and should never be neglected. Even so, many homeowners aren't tending to their roof as they should. Not because they don't want to, but because they simply forget to do so. Waiting until your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, however, can prove to be time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure your roof is maintained properly, and in a timely manner.

How often should you "check" your roof?

Your roof or Michigan roofing contractors is usually the first part of your home that is affected by weather. If it's snowing, most likely, the snow will land on your roof first. If it's raining, or hailing, the same rules apply. Therefore, your roof should be one of the first things you think of before the changing of seasons to ensure it's able to withstand the weather that lies ahead. What this means is, you should be checking your roof for certain signs of wear and tear every spring and fall. The best time to do this is when you're cleaning out your gutters.

What should do "check" for?

While you're up on your roof, there are a few things you should look for in particular. First, look for any missing, damaged, or curled up shingles (assuming your roof is a shingled roof), as well as any other signs of general wear and tear. When it comes down to it, it's pretty simple and inexpensive to replace a few shingles. Even hiring someone to do this for your shouldn't be a hassle.

Another thing you should be checking for are signs of built up fungus or algae. If your roof is starting to build up any pesky algae or fungi, make sure to install some sort of zinc or lead control strips.

While you're up on your roof, make sure to check thoroughly for any signs of rust around metal areas. The great news is, this is yet another fix you can perform on your own. If there are signs of any rust, simply wire brush the rust until it's flattened, then prime and paint the metal accordingly.

What else needs to be done?

The first few steps are pretty straight-forward. Now we're going to get in to a little more of the technical know-how type checks to perform. In addition to checking for curled or damaged shingles, algae or fungal build-up and rust, you'll also want to check the flashing for any signs of cracks or damage. If you find that a flashing isn't solid, remove all of the old caulk and scrub the area clean before resealing. While you're at it, seal up any cracked mortar or caulking around joints and chimneys if they appear deteriorated.

Just a couple more things

You can also sweep or blow of excess debris, trim any beaches belonging to surrounding trees, or remove any excess snow accumulation.

If you're unsure of how to perform a roof check, or fix any of the issues that could be present, the best thing to do would be to call a roof professional. They'll know exactly how to help, and should be able to perform most of these fixes quickly and efficiently. Of course, if your roof is damaged beyond simple fixes, call a pro right away.

If you would like to know more about commercial roofing Michigan services in and around the Lansing, Michigan area, please visit, for more details.

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