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If your roof is in need of urgent repair, you have come to the right place. I am not a roofing contractor, but I have just finished replacing the roof on my home when the old one failed. The contractor I called in helped me to assess the condition of my old roof and to choose the right type of material to replace it with. He carried out the work quickly and kept me informed about what he was doing. I have learnt so much from the experience that I wanted to share my new found knowledge with the rest of the world.

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Two situations in which you should call a roofer immediately

by Krin Rodriguez

There are certain situations in which you should call a roofer immediately. Read on to find out what these situations are.

Your home's gutters have sustained damage

Whilst gutters are designed to be quite durable, they are far from indestructible and can break if subjected to heavy impact or extremely strong winds.

If your home's gutters have broken because they were exposed to powerful winds during a storm or because they were struck with a heavy object, it is absolutely essential to arrange for a roofer who performs gutter repairs to fix the damaged section of the guttering as soon as possible.

The reason for this is as follows; a broken gutter system can inflict serious damage on your home if it is not repaired promptly.

For example, if as a result of being hit with a heavy object, the drop outlet breaks (this is the component which allows rainwater which falls into the gutter pipes to be transported through the downspout and away from your home), the rainwater which trickles into the gutters will simply accumulate and eventually overflow, rather than draining away via the downspout.

This could lead to the edges of your roof that are directly next to the gutters becoming severely saturated. This, in turn, could damage the roofing materials to the point where they need to be replaced.

Depending on the extent of the damage and the type of materials your roof is made from, this could be quite a complex and expensive repair job.

Your roof has developed a hole

If your roof develops a hole, it is important to have a roofer seal it up as soon as possible, particularly if you reside in an area where rain showers occur with great frequency.

The reason for this is that even a small, continuous trickle of rainwater dripping through your roof could cause irreparable damage to your roof's trusses or rafters (the components that support the external roofing materials).

This is because both trusses and rafters are made from timber. If they are exposed to too much moisture (as a result of the leak), a wood-decay fungus could begin to grow on them. This fungus can destroy timber objects in a matter of weeks.

If this happens, you would probably need to pay a roofer to replace all of the roof's timber components. This could be far more costly than having them repair a small hole.

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