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Residential Roofing Repairs

Roof systems are built to last longer and longer these days, ensuring that your structure stands the test of time (and the trials of Mother Nature). However, no roof is impervious to damage. Even the best built slate roof or metal roof are bound to weather and fail at some point. Fortunately, with proper attention, you can stay ahead of your roof’s necessary maintenance, keeping the structure of your building dry and protected.

Here at Red Dog’s Roofing, we’re proud to provide roof repair and maintenance services for folks throughout central Massachusetts. It’s our goal to provide you with a long-lasting roofing solution to keep precipitation out of your building. We inspect, maintain, and repair flat and sloped roofs for both residential and commercial properties. Learn a bit more about our sloped roof repairs here. We’ve listed the materials that we repair below, as well as information about how to detect a failing roof.

Sloped Roofs That We Repair

If you have a sloped roof that is made of any of the following materials, we’re the crew to call for inspections, repairs, and maintenance. Here are a few more details about each of these materials and their unique characteristics:

 


 

Weighing Your Roofing Options

Asphalt Shingles     |    Wooden Shakes     |     Slate     |     Slate Composite     |     Metal

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Asphalt Shingle Roofing


Regardless of the brand or how they were manufactured, asphalt shingles slowly deteriorate over time. Shingles tend to shed their layer of granules as wind, water, and heat slowly age this roofing material. Plus, shingles are liable to tear, crack, or fly away in extreme weather. Shingles can also bend, buckle, and warp due to temperature changes, and they can become brittle over time. You can tell if your shingles require replacing or repair if they show any of the aforementioned characteristics. You should also keep an eye out for discolored shingles and you should be wary of granules in your downspout, since these signs also indicate that your shingles are damaged.

Depending on the severity of the damage across your roof, it may make more sense to replace your shingles than to repair specific sections. For instance, if you just have a few shingles throughout your roof that were damaged by a falling branch, it’s probably best to repair those shingles. On the other hand, if your whole roof is missing the granules it needs for protection, you’ll need to replace it. We can inspect and assess your roof, and we’ll let you know about the best option for your particular circumstance.

Wooden Shake Roofing


Wood shakes aren’t impervious to weathering. Over time, your shakes will grey and crack, which means that your roof will no longer be waterproof. On top of that, wood shakes can begin to harbor bacteria and mold, and they can warp. If you notice that your wood shakes are cracked, split, or bent, they may need to be replaced. In addition, be wary of shakes that are grey (an indication of old age), or discolored (which can indicate mold).

Slate Tile Roofing


Slate tile is one of the strongest materials that you can use for your roof. Since it’s comprised of rock, it weathers very slowly. Even after decades of rain, wind, and heat, your slate should hold up. That said, slate is more vulnerable to damage from things other than Mother Nature. Slate tiles are prone to crack if any significant pressure is applied to them. For instance, a stray golf ball can cause a crack, or, if you have a inexperienced handyman on the roof, they may walk across your roofing surface and cause a number of problems. Slate roofs also eventually fail if they’re installed poorly, if the slate is too brittle or thin, or if the tile cracks due to temperature swings (which is more likely on south facing roofs).

Regardless, you should keep an eye out for any tiles that have slipped out of position, tiles that are cracked, and tiles that are missing completely. In some cases, it may be best to repair your roof by replacing specific tiles. And in some instances, we may be able to locate reclaimed tiles, which better match the tile color and thickness of your roof — these tiles are less likely to cause problems in the future, since they’re flush with other tiles in the roof line.

Slate Composite Roofing


Composite slate is very durable, and highly resistant to weathering. As such, it’s likely that your roof will last for decades on end — in fact, since this is a newer material for the roofing market, we don’t fully know how long slate composite roofs last and how they deteriorate over time. That said, slate composite roofing is still liable to become damaged. Hail, extreme temperatures, and pressure can all cause slate composite roofing tiles to fail. In these instances, you may notice that your tiles warp or crack. Tiles can also come loose if they aren’t properly installed. In any case, we can bring your roof back to working order.

Metal Roofing


Metal is a strong material that’s highly resistant to the trying conditions that roofs endure. Howerever, metal roofs can fail just as any other roof may. Metal roofs can be punctured and they can tear. On top of normal issues that can occur for all roofing types, metal roofs rust and corrode. Plus, metal roofs are liable to have problems with their scenes. Metal roofs can leak if seams aren’t flush and watertight, which can happen if the roof is installed incorrectly, or if the roof endures stresses caused by temperature fluctuations, wind, or pressure. When an individual metal panel is damaged, or simply a few panels are bent out of shape, they can be replaced. Otherwise, if the entire roof is damaged, it’s time to replace those metal sheets.

Signs of a Failing Sloped Roof

In general, you should keep an eye out for any and all of the following signs which indicate that your roof requires attention.

Water Leaks

First and foremost, you should be wary of any water that’s leaking into your home. While you may notice water leaking through the structure of your home, it can be difficult to identify the source. Often, due to the way water flows, water leaks can start at one part of the roof and end up saturating an entirely different part of your home’s structure. For instance, you might notice that your second-story ceiling has a water bubble slowly forming after every rain, yet an inspection may reveal that the source of the problem is flashing around the fireplace on the other side of your home. Regardless of where an issue occurs, it requires immediate attention, since water damage can quickly cause expensive damage to the structure of your home (plus it can aid mold growth).

Visible damage

This one goes without saying, but if you can see damage on your roof, you’d better have a roofer take a look. Keep an eye out for any inconsistencies in your roof. If you have shingles with corners that are peeling up, they you’ll need to replace them. If you have slate tiles that are cracked, you’ll need to replace them. If you have wood shakes that are splintering off, you’ll need to replace them. If you can’t see damage on your roof, but you suspect that it is damaged, have a professional roofer inspect the roof to assess it.

Damage from hail

While most roofs can withstand light hail, heavy hail can cause serious damage, depending on the roofing material. While metal roofs will only be dinged and dented, slate roofs can crack, wood shakes can splinter, and asphalt roofs can lose their granules by the handful. When your home has endured heavy hail, it’s a good idea to have it inspected to make sure that the hail didn’t harm the integrity of your roof.

Damage from wind

All roofing materials are designed to withstand some wind, but high winds can be a threat to lighter roofing materials. Asphalt shingles, wood shakes, and composite slate are more liable to be damaged during a windstorm. If you notice missing or misaligned roof segments, you’ll have to have them fixed.

Material in the downspout

Your downspout and gutters are convenient indicators of the state of your roof. You shouldn’t see asphalt granules, sheared off sections of slate, or rust from a metal roof — these are all indications that your roofing material is weathered.

Discoloring

Asphalt roofs lose their granules, wood shakes lose their luster, and metal roofs rust. When your roof is discolored, it’s an indication that it is damaged.

Pooling water

Pooling water is never good for a sloped roof. Your roof can begin to pool water if it has bowed sections, if it has clogged gutters, or if your roof was designed or installed poorly. Fortunately, unclogging your gutters is easy. Unfortunately, if you have a bowed roof or a roof that was ill-designed, you’ll have to make serious repairs to keep your home protected.

Count on Red Dog’s Roofing for Inspections, Maintenance, and Repairs

When your roof isn’t up to snuff, we’re the crew to call. We’re experienced with every sloped roof you’d find here in central Massachusetts and we’ll ensure that your home is protected. If you’re curious about our roofing repair services, or if you’d like to schedule an inspection, feel free to give us a call.

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