Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2013
While the rest of the country deals with snow, sleet, and high winds for the winter, those of us in California get to enjoy the warm sun all year round. Even still, roofing repairs in the colder winter months and during heavy storm periods can present their own unique challenges. Hunters Roofing in Los Angeles provides these tips regarding what homeowners should do if they find damage to their roof.
Of course, one of the first steps that should be taken is finding a reputable and affordable roofing contractor. It is important not to select a roofer based solely off of who can make it out soonest or who has the cheapest prices. Take time and investigate the history and stability of the roofing company before hiring them. This can save a lot of money and heartache down the road. There are steps that can be taken before the roofer is able to make repairs yet still limiting the damage to the home.
If there is a roof leak, it is important to locate the source of that leak. If there are missing shingles or flashing, this is the most likely culprit. If the roof was visibly damaged by a storm, it should also be relatively easy to tell. Use large blue tarps and weigh them down with bricks or cinder blocks, but be very careful. It is important that the bricks are placed properly and do not cause further damage to the roof. Also, it is very important to maintain personal safety whenever climbing up to inspect or work on a roof.
If the source of the roof leak is not immediately visible, check the gutters for clogs. If the gutters are clogged, it is possible that water is being forced up, under the shingles and into the home. The quick remedy for this is to thoroughly clean out the debris and run water down to make sure that the gutters are clear. Still, it is best to contact a local roofing company you can trust to make sure that there is no further damage that will need repaired. A roofing contractor will be able to verify whether the roof or gutters can be repaired or will need replaced.