Roof Repair

Welcome to roofrepair.trade, the roof repair contractor directory. We are here to help you find a qualified professional to fix your roof. You can use the menus at the top of the page to browse our growing network of specialists and select a roofer in your neighborhood.

Your roof is the armor protecting your home and family from the elements. If you have roof damage or even a leak extensive water damage and even mold can be one storm away. Your best course of action is to hire a roof repair professional immediately. If your area has suffered a recent storm or you do not know if your aging roof is collecting moss all summer or ice in the winter a quick inspection by a roofer is an excellent investment.

It is important you choose a qualified professional when you hire roof repair. A properly installed and well-maintained roof can protect your house from the elements for a century or more. But a single leak can cause thousands of dollars in water damage – a poorly installed roof can even damage other parts of your house or property.

There are many shortcuts a dishonest roofer might take – such as not reinstalling your fascia – that would not be evident for years until it’s too late and the damage to your house is done.

When you hire roof repair you trust your roofer with your house and the safety of your family. Talk to a potential roof repair contractor at length, and choose a professional from your area, who you know and trust.

Finally, there are many styles of roofs available. Knowing which construction material protects your home will help you in securing roof repair when it is required and best caring for your specific roof. Simply scroll down to learn more about different varieties of roofs

Asphalt Shingles

This type of roofing shingle was invented in America in 1901, and is still the most common type of roof found in the United States. The major innovation of the modern asphalt shingle was adding slate granules to the shingle surface to increase durability. Asphalt shingles fall into one of two categories: 3-tab and architectural. The architectural (also called structural) shingles are thicker. 3-tab shingles should be examined periodically as they will need to be replaced every 15-18 years. Structural shingles will last longer but may need to be replaced as soon as 20 years after installation. The relatively low cost and easy removal of asphalt shingles make roof repair simple if your home has an asphalt roof. Algae can grow on asphalt shingles and it is not

Algae can grow on asphalt shingles and it is not believed to damage the shingles. But it is a good investment to have moss and debris removed from an asphalt roof periodically as it will extend the life of the shingles.

Learn more about asphalt shingles here.

Metal Roofing

There exist many varieties of metal roofing including flat-seam, standing-seam, and corrugated. Metal roofs have been known to last for a hundred years and thus they can be cheaper than asphalt during a building’s entire life cycle. Metal roofs reflect sun to keep a building cool in the summer and easily shed snow in the winter. When a metal roof does succumb to rust the resulting water damage can be costly; aging metal roofs should be examined carefully to prevent leaks and keep the costs of roof repair lower. You can read some more facts about metal roofing here.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

Clay tiles were one of the first roof tiles. While hay thatching was common the Romans conceived of terracotta tiles as a series of canals to direct water off of a roof. Today clay tiles and more modern concrete tiles are some of the most durable and versatile roofing materials available. These tiles come in all shapes and colors and though they cost two to three times as much as asphalt tiles they are often warranted for 75 years or longer. For a clay or concrete roof to outlive the building it protects occasional roof repair will be required: Loosened tiles can flap or “chatter” in strong winds and eventually break so they must be inspected and re-fastened. As many clay tiles are a series of channels designed to direct water small amounts of rain in a windy storm can make its way under the tiles; all clay and concrete tiles are installed on top of a waterproof membrane and this must be inspected and repaired to prevent leaks and water damage.

There is more information on terracotta tiles and other types of tiles in this article. Some interesting points on clay tiles are here. Many frequently asked questions on clay and concrete tiles are here.

Slate Roofing

Slate is a unique stone: with two lines of breakability – cleavage, and grain – slate can be easily split into strong, flat tiles. For many years homes with slate tiled roofs could only be found near slate quarries, where it was a cheaper building material than clay. With the invention of a steam-powered slate-splitting machine  and cheap transportation aboard railroads the 1870s through World War One saw a “slate boom” during which many homes were roofed in the attractive, durable tile. In modern days slate is a luxury building material, prized for its rugged good looks and durability, but much more expensive than other roofing options. Slate tiles can be fixed to a roof with either nails or hooks. Both methods require periodic inspection and the occasional repair. A well cared-for slate roof can commonly last a hundred years or more.

Curious about slate? There is more information about the material and its use on roofs here.