A few short decades ago, the available options for roofing materials were limited to about a dozen. Today, and indeed every year, new products are coming along that we could have only dreamed of back then. Today, you can install roof tiles that look like real wood cedar shakes. It’s only when you pick them up that you realized they are made of synthetic materials. But wait, there’s more! With the rapid advancement of solar panels, now you can also get realistic looking roof tiles that are also electricity generating solar panels.
If a few shakes / tiles fall off my roof in Bellevue WA, can I just nail a few new ones in their place?
The short answer is probably no. There’s a skill to replacing missing pieces to a roof, as well as correct tools – such as nails – to use so that you don’t create an even bigger problem. Roofing is not that complicated, but it does have to be done right because improper installation can cause a much bigger problem with other parts of your home. A ten-dollar piece of material on a roof can impact ten thousand dollars worth of roofing and house infrastructure. So, how do you go about fixing a seemingly small problem on your roof? Here’s how:
When I bought my first house ever, it needed some work. Not big, tear-it-down repair work, but every room needed something done. Kitchen cabinet drawers made noise when you opened and closed them, some light fixtures were hanging off, the wood floors needed to be resurfaced, and a whole lot of similar things needed fixing and / or updating. So I marched off to Home Depot to take I some of their excellent classes for homeowners. One of the most interesting of them, by the way, was the tiling class.
There’s probably not a lot you need to do in and around the roof itself, but there is a lot you can do to make your house and roof more accessible by the roofing crew when they arrive. And there’s also the neighbors to think about. Here is what will make it easy for everyone:
The short answer is yes, you can get your roof replaced any time of the year. Some roofing companies, however, slow down over the winter – some close their doors for a few months – and some keep their entire staff on the job twelve months of the year.
How does a roof stay waterproof, especially in the Bellevue/Issaquah area where there's a lot of rain?
A roof remains waterproof by a system of layers of redundancy. If there is, for example, a fault in an individual tile, the waterproof sheeting underneath it is the next fail safe layer to protect your roof. If a rough nail holding the waterproof sheeting compromised the sheeting, the tiles over it should help keep it dry. In addition, the waterproof sheeting is layered, so that small rips at any one edge will either be covered or will have a solid undamaged layer below it.
This is a question that surfaces a lot, and it’s because it all depends on the current condition of the house in question. If it’s just replacing the worn out shake tiles, you probably only need to replace the tiles and the waterproofing layer underneath them, and this is the most common scenario. Most people take basic care of their roof, so any small leak that might have sprung up years ago was quickly repaired before damage to anything under the waterproofing occurred. Other situations, however, might necessitate significant extra repair work to be done.
The water doesn’t have to be puring from your kitchen ceiling into your Corn Flakes to know that there is a problem with your roof. Or, at least, you should not wait that long to do something to prevent a bad problem. There’s a lot you can do – much of it for free – to determine if you need to at least do some work on your roof before it becomes expensive to remedy it.
Replacing a roof on a house is, more or less, different for every single house. That’s because, after a few decades under the elements of the Pacific Northwest, the roof is being replaced for a reason: It has expended its useful life and, in all likelihood, there are wear and tear issues with it that need to be addressed.
Almost any roof on any almost any home in the Bellevue area could be replaced in a matter of a few days. There’s a distinct process to it all, and most experienced roof replacement companies will follow the same, fairly obvious process, but there can be complications that significantly delay the job and introduce unpredictably results.
What kind of shape is the roof in now?