Roofing problems aren’t always obvious from the ground. To detect underlying roofing damage, roofers often need to climb up onto the roof for a thorough inspection. Some types of damage may not even be apparent until the shingles are torn off.
Fixing hidden roof damage is like most home improvement projects. You should prepare for the worst and expect the best—at least budget-wise. Here are some common roofing “surprises” that V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding can uncover and fix for you.
Even the most experienced roofer can’t predict what state your underlayment is in until they pull off the shingles or tiles to get a good look. Damaged underlayment is a common problem that a skilled roofer can easily repair.
Rotten or Inadequate Decking
During a tear-off, a roofer may uncover rotten or soft roof decking that will need to be repaired by installing new sheathing. Once that’s done, the roof replacement project can continue. If the decking is in good shape, however, any honest roofer will leave it alone.
When walking on the roof, if the roofer finds the decking springy or bouncy, they may recommend new sheathing. Modern decking is usually made from half-inch-thick plywood or OSB panels. Thinner plywood is now considered inadequate. Staying on top of roof maintenance is a good way to reduce the odds of damaged decking.
It’s very important to have a professional inspect your roof after a storm. Hail damage can be very subtle. The tiny holes it makes in your roof can expose your underlayment to moisture, which can lead to mold, rot and leaks. Get your insurance on the case right away to repair or replace your roof.
Prevention is better than cure and regular maintenance will reduce hidden roof damage. Regular inspections by a professional general contractor like V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding will also help a lot. We’ll keep your roof in top condition with our maintenance programs. Contact us today at 203-639-1634 for more information. You can also fill out our contact form for a free consultation.