Leaking Roof? How to Avoid a Homeowner’s Nightmare

You are cozied up in your living room under your favorite blanket watching a movie or reading a book. Meanwhile, a fierce thunderstorm is pounding on your roof. How are your shingles holding up? Are they in good, sturdy shape or are you unknowingly in need of roof leak repair? Don’t wait until you are amid the worst thunderstorm of the year to decide it is time to take a look at redoing your home’s roof.
Ideally, your roof should be inspected at least once a year for leaks, weak spots and damages. One in four of every homeowners confess that they never inspect until it has a noticeable problem; adequate attention and preventative maintenance of your roof will help you in the face of emergency situations. Depending on the climate you live in, it may be wise to inspect twice a year or even once a season, such as if you live where it frequently hails, or if your home has many flat spots in the roof where storm water runoff can accumulate.
Even if the cost is daunting you, there are many benefits of roof repair. Did you know that a new asphalt shingle roof has an average return on investment of 62%? That means that, if you find the right roofing contractors to do the job for your home, you’ll eventually save over half of what you spent on the roof by avoiding other repair costs.
As far as gutter installation–which is an important part of roof leak repair–your water drainage system will run more efficiently. Ideally, you should have one downspout for every 30 to 40 feet of gutter, at least. The larger your home or the more stormy climate you live in, the more downspouts you should have. This increases the capacity and efficiency of your drainage system.
New gutters and regular gutter maintenance will also save you a headache in your basement; clogged gutters and those in a state of disrepair are the leading cause of basement water issues, such as flooding.
When you speak with roofing companies about roof replacement, there are many factors that may overwhelm you–materials, color, pricing, etc. However, a homeowner survey reports that only two elements of your new roof are most important: durability and longevity. You want your new shingles and gutters to be as strong as they can for as long as possible.

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