Patio Roof Repair

One of the most enjoyable parts of owning a home is having a patio.

A place where you can have friends and family over for a barbecues, swimming, sports events, birthday parties, or maybe just a place for you to escape for a little person time alone. You can enjoy the fresh air and gentle breeze of nature that a patio provides within the safety of your own back yard.

Leaking Patio Roof

So you have just installed a big screen TV on your patio and invited friends over to watch the big game with you. You’ve spent a lot of money on food and refreshments. There is a chance of rain, but no problem, you’re underneath the patio covering. Then, sure enough, it starts to rain.

Everything was great until the patio roof began to leak running everybody inside. The whole purpose was to have a good time on the patio so you didn’t have to worry about your friends ruining the carpet and furniture inside the house.

Unfortunately, it is not that unusual for patio roofs to leak. Usually the problem is whoever installed the patio didn’t take adequate precautions to make sure that it wouldn’t leak.  Now the question is how to stop the patio from leaking.

Weathered Damage

Weather is generally the greatest culprit when it comes to a patio leaking. Over time rusting flashing, worn or blown off shingles, or just the many years of seasons over time cause the roof to reach its life span. At any rate your patio roof leaks can, and should be repaired so you can enjoy the outdoors right at home.

First of all make sure your patio roof is free of any dirt and debris. If your patio roof is in good enough condition power wash it. This will help you better determine the condition of your patio roof. After cleaning the debris off the roof look for missing shingles, lifted seams, and the condition of any metal flashing. If the patio is attached to the roof on your house there should be a water shield underlayment connecting the roofing material on the house and the patio.

Fixing The Patio Leak

After replacing the damaged or worn shingles, flashings, or rolled roofing where needed (a professional roofing contractor can help you do this), take a water hose upon the roof and let it run down the roof for a reasonable amount of time checking the underside of the patio to insure you have taken care of any leaks. Inspect especially close where the patio connects to the house as water entering here can cause water damage to the interior of the house resulting in expensive repair.

As with any home project “safety is first.”

Use a safe and sturdy ladder to get on any roof. Make sure the roof is sound and solid enough to walk on. And watch for any electrical lines that may be dangerous. And use footwear that is safe for the type roof you are going to get on.

 

Which Roofing Material is Better?

Which Roofing Material is better?

Are you considering building a new home and you’re not sure which roofing material would be best? Or perhaps you are at a place where you have to reroof your present home and you’re not sure which roofing material would be best to go back with. Whichever the case may be, there is a lot to consider in choosing that new roof.

The cost and quality of course is the first matter in question. Cost and quality varies greatly depending on the roofing material you are interested in. Asphalt shingles are thought to be the most affordable and practical, while metal, slate, and wood shakes are more expensive and thought to be more attractive in appearance. The homeowner will have to weigh all of these factors into account.

Here’s a short list of the more popular roofing materials. “Asphalt shingles” are by far the most popular roofing material in America due to its affordability, durability, colors and types. We will cover in depth each roofing material at a later time. “Metal roofing” is generally lightweight and is especially great for geographical areas where there are accumulations of snow. But is found everywhere throughout the U.S. because of its attractive appearance. It comes in a variety of colors, is durable, and many metal roofing materials have a Class A fire rating.

“Slate” roofing material is very attractive but is also very expensive. Natural slate is heavy and often requires that the roofing structure have additional support. Natural slate is unsurpassed in its desirous grand beauty. “Synthetic slate” on the other hand is lightweight and much less costly. Synthetic slate is also very attractive and durable. It is also very strong and installation is much easier.

If you have a flat roof, there are “Flat Roof” options in roofing materials. They vary in cost, quality and durability. Appearance is usually not the most important factor with flat roofs because more often than not it cannot be seen looking up from the ground. “Wood Shingles and Shakes” roofing material have a very attractive and natural beauty in appearance. The most common is the cedar shake. They also come in cypress, redwood and treated pine. Wood roofing is prohibited in certain parts of the country due to the threat of wildfires.

Many homeowners choose “Tile” roofing materials because of their rich and appealing looks and their long lasting durability. You may choose clay tiles, concrete tiles or fiber cement tiles. They come in a range of colors and are fire resistant. The downside is that walking on them may cause breakage. New technology has opened the door to “Solar tiles.” But as of yet, solar tiles don’t have a long enough proven track record to accurately gauge their dependability.

“Happy Researching” in your venture to find the right roof for you and your family. Take the time to uncover the often elusive pros and cons that each roofing material possesses. Weigh them in the balances and you will find the perfect roof for you.