No one likes unexpected expenses, especially when they seem or actually are costly. When it comes to roofing problems, too many underestimate roof damage and either attempt to jury rig a solution or worse ignore it altogether!
This can and often does have very expensive consequences as the roof systems fails to route water properly and the damage grows. The longer the problem sits, the worse it grows.
The consequences of bad roof repairs often result in very expensive repairs later on!
Yes that is a piece of plywood, stealthily painted to sort of match the roof and actually screwed to the roof! Apparently a tree trimmer dropped a branch onto the roof, damaging it. When the homeowner noticed it, he thought he’d just patch it with the plywood. Thinking this would solve the problem. it remained there for 2 years! From the surface it didn’t look so bad.
After the roof contractor removed the “patch”, well, you can see for yourself. Rotted shingles, wood, decking, an expensive mess indeed as a large portion of the decking/plywood under the patch and below it had to be replaced.
But wait, there’s more!
While making the “repair”, our hapless homeowner apparently had misstepped and unwittingly cracked a good portion of the edge shingles.
And missed a spot. A relatively small looking hole, but what lies underneath is anything but innocuous.
What does rotted decking from missing shingles or punctures look like?
Similar damage to the prior picture. Notice how wet the plywood is. There’s no patching this, it’s tear it and the planks around it out and replace them. Had the damage been repaired when it occurred, this wouldn’t have been an issue.
These homeowners knew they had a few missing shingles here and there but thought “What is replacing a few missing shingles going to cost?” and let it go for a year. You can see from the picture above, it cost a lot for them. No other damage, just missing shingles.
This is the same roof with only the rotted, dark, water-stained plywood removed, leaving the good plywood in place. All that insulation is ruined and had to be replaced. With such extensive damage, a cleanup team had to come in and spray for black mold in the attic!
These aren’t isolated incidents, this happens more often then it should. Neglecting ones roof or hiring the wrong roofer can mean the difference between a few hundred dollars in repairs to thousands.
If you notice missing, cracked, or buckled shingles or aren’t sure that DIY repair is holding up, call your local professional roof contractor today! Have your roof inspected once a year and report any damage immediately!