One of the things the states of Georgia and South Carolina have in common is the humid and capricious weather that takes its toll on roofing systems. Just when you think your roof is in excellent condition and nothing can affect it, a hail storm, some wild wind, or a small tornado proves you wrong and prompts you to look for roof repair services. Whether you live in Atlanta or Savannah, GA, Greenville or Charleston, SC or their surroundings, you can get qualitative, affordable, and long-lasting roof repair services from Lanier Roofing and Restoration.
The sooner you contact our Greenville roofers, the faster we can perform the roof repair work you need. If you wait too long, the small leak that is cheap and easy to repair today may escalate and turn into a huge and expensive problem tomorrow.
While the duration and the costs of the services we provide depend on the type of roof repairs required and the extent of the damage, at Lanier Roofing and Restoration, we do everything in our power to make roof repair projects as easy, as affordable, and as minimally invasive as possible for our clients. Most of our clients call us when they discover water dripping from a ceiling after a heavy rain, or notice water, mold, or mildew stains, either on the ceiling or on the walls.
These are the most common signs of a leaking roof. The work required to fix a leaking roof depends on the type of roof, the cause of the leak, and the extent of the damage.
What are the Main Causes of a Leaking Roof?
Leaks are preventable but can be caused by many things, and may not be caught until it is too late. Our roofing experts see the following leaks most often:
Loose, Blistered, Curled, Punctured, Cracked, or Displaced Shingles
Not all types of shingles are resilient enough to withstand harsh climates like the ones in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. A strong wind can lift some of them up and allow the water to infiltrate underneath, or displace them, and cause holes in the roof. Hail often leads to cracks and punctures in some types of shingles. Excess moisture and exposure to high temperatures often result in curls and warps.
The good news is shingles are affordable and easy to replace. Our technicians have years of experience up their sleeve, so they will easily recognize the cause of the leak. If the shingles were just loose, they may be able to secure them in place and keep costs to a minimum. If some shingles are damaged and need replacing, they’ll identify the type and number of shingles required and they will help you acquire them in order to perform the necessary shingle repairs as soon as possible.
Water Ponding Due to Improper Drainage or Installation Defects
Water usually ponds on flat membrane roofs, when the drains or gutters are clogged or the roof surface is uneven. With time, it finds small cracks or seams and infiltrates. These types of leaks are the most dangerous because they usually appear late and at a significant distance from the point where the water began to infiltrate.
In some cases, a simple cleaning of the drains and gutters is enough to solve the problem. In other situations, more complex roof patches may be necessary. At Lanier Roofing, we usually advise our clients to avoid climbing on the roof to check for ponding water because they risk slipping and falling or causing even higher damage.
Damaged or Improperly Installed Roof Flashing
The flashing, usually made of galvanized steel or aluminum, covers the roof joints to protect them from water infiltrations. If it is not properly installed and maintained, or if it is loosened or damaged by bad weather, it will allow the water to penetrate the joints and leak.
If the flashing is just loose, it may be enough to secure it in place. If it is heavily deteriorated and oxidized, it may need partial or total replacement. The best person to assess its condition is a professional with considerable experience in roof repairs.
Damaged or Deteriorated Fascia
The solid wood boards protecting the lower edges of the roof often begin to rot, mold, or warp due to high winds and excess moisture. With time, they are no longer able to do their job and, especially during windy storms, water infiltrates into the attic.
When the fascia boards are merely beginning to show signs of damage, it may be possible to prolong their life by securing them better to the roof and coating them to improve their resistance to moisture. If rot or mold has already gotten the best of them, replacement is probably the best alternative.
Many homeowners in Georgia, and South and North Carolina choose to re-roof their homes in order to save the money associated with tearing down the old roof and replacing the framing. Unfortunately, the framing itself is vulnerable to damage, especially when improper attic ventilation leads to high humidity. Moreover, it may not be able to support the overall weight of the roof cover. When that happens, it warps, or parts of it collapse, creating gaps between the roof layers and allowing the water to infiltrate and leak through the ceiling.
If you suspect this is the case of your roof, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately, as it could be just a matter of time for the whole roof to collapse and cause significant damage. In some cases, it may be possible to reinforce the existing framing. In other cases, more complex work may be necessary. An experienced roofing technician will carefully inspect your roof and determine the best course of action.
No matter if your roof is severely damaged and requires complex roof repair works, or if a couple of small roof patches will be enough to make it functional again, at Lanier Roofing and Restoration, we are always willing to help, and we promise to offer you the best experience. Learn more about roof leaks here.
What to Expect When Contracting Lanier Roofing and Restoration Roof Repair Services
The process of working with Lanier Roofing usually covers a few simple and important steps, as described in the following lines:
First Contact Lanier Roofing and Restoration
The minute they realize they have a leaking roof or the roof patches they applied with their friends or neighbors are no longer up to the task, our clients in Atlanta, Savannah, Greenville, or Charleston, call our office, provide some basic information on the type of services they need and their contact information. We then schedule a roof inspection at a time and date both parties are comfortable with.
The Roof Inspection
At the agreed time and date, our technicians show up for the roof inspection. They inspect the roof from the ground, from the top, and from the attic, looking for leaks, signs of mold, displaced or cracked tiles or shingles, and other signs of damage. This step is the most important, because it determines not only the extent of the damage and the complexity of the roof repair works required but also the main causes of the damage, allowing us to eliminate them and prevent future damages.
After inspecting the roof, our technicians report their findings to the owner and propose corresponding roof repair solutions. Sometimes, a leaking roof is the result of overflowing gutters and cleaning or repairing the gutters is all it takes to fix it. Other times, the wind displaced or broke few shingles, and some small roof patches are necessary.
There are also more serious situations, where the improper ventilation of the roof and attic leads to mold and affects the framing, requiring the installation of ventilation systems and more complex cleaning and restoration services. The purpose of this report is to let our customers know what type of services they need, what those services will involve, and how much they’ll cost. Depending on our findings, we also advise our clients what measures to take in order to avoid future damage.
The Roof Repair Work
After our clients agree on the roof repair work to be performed and the materials to be used, our roof repair services team begin their activity.
- Take measures to secure the site and avoid accidents or damages to the surrounding area
- Bring the materials and tools they need and place them strategically so as to save time and effort and avoid interfering with our clients’ activities
- Perform the works agreed, as efficiently as possible, to ensure the best results and avoid unnecessary delays
- Keep our clients informed on the progress of the work
- Clean after themselves when they finish their work, leaving the roof and its surroundings looking clean and neat
The Reception of the Works
When our roof repair services team finishes repairing a roof, they let the clients assess their work and see if the results comply with their needs and expectations. Depending on the type and complexity of the work involved, they may give maintenance advice and explain warranty terms as well.
Trust Lanier Roofing and Restoration with Your Roof Repair Project Now
At Lanier Roofing and Restoration, we treasure our clients’ satisfaction above everything else. No matter if you live in Atlanta or Savannah, GA, Charleston or Greenville, SC, or their surroundings, you can be sure our roofing technicians will not rest until they see you happy with the results of their work and glad you chose our roof repair services. Contact us now by calling (864) 990-4836 for your roof repair services and let us give your roof the strength and the durability it needs to protect your home and peace of mind!