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Does Your Roof Need a Tune-Up?

Roofing Tune Up

Roofs need regular maintenance to prevent leaks and water damage, especially in wet climates like Maryland’s. A roof tune-up includes an inspection, repair, and replacement of roof components. Not all leaks require a full roof replacement, so a tune-up may be all you need. 

Are you worried about the condition of your roof? With all the wet weather in the greater Baltimore area, knowing how to keep your roof watertight will prevent damage! Keep reading to find out more about a roof tune-up. 

Roofing tune up services in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore County.

Did you know your roof is a lot more than just shingles? In this article, we’ll discuss what’s included in a roof tune-up and what types of roof components may need replacement and repair.

What Is a Roof Tune-Up and Who Needs One?

Getting a tune-up from a reliable roofing contractor will never hurt your roof, but you may need a roof tune-up if your roof is a few or more years old. This is because the parts of your roof wear down with age. A roof tune-up starts with an inspection. Then any parts that are susceptible to leaks are repaired. 

Maryland’s seasons and weather impact how quickly the roof wears down. The rain and snow also mean that water damage is imminent if leaks are not repaired promptly. 

What a Roof Tune-up Includes

The first thing a roofing contractor does during a tune-up is an inspection. Following the inspection, appropriate repairs will be made. These repairs may include replacing missing shingles, nailing down loose shingles, and fixing nail pops (exposed nail heads). Additionally, fresh caulking will seal vents, flashings, and nail holes.

Roof Inspection 

A reliable roofing contractor will complete an inspection of your roof, gutters, and the exterior of your home. Many contractors will include photos and a full report. This inspection will identify areas that need repair or replacement.

A full report means that any and all damage is documented with photos and descriptions. Even though it is unsafe for a homeowner on the roof, an experienced contractor will take enough photos to show you their concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Roof Repairs

After gusts of wind, water, and temperature fluctuations, roofs may need repair. Caulking and rubber components may age and crack. During a tune-up, broken components can be replaced, and new caulk will seal vents, flashings, and nail holes. Loose or missing shingles will be fixed too.

Replacing missing shingles and sealing the roof with caulk will ensure that your roof protects your home from the elements. 

Your roof also has ventilation pipes for gas-burning fixtures like a water heater or furnace.  The holes for these pipes are usually fitted with a rubber boot that keeps water out. With age and exposure to the elements, these boots may crack. A tune-up will identify any cracked boots and allow you to have them replaced. 

What if the Inspection Finds Major Roof Damage?

If the inspection finds major roof damage beyond the scope of a tune-up, a trustworthy contractor will help you with the next steps. For example, if too many shingles are missing after a major storm, the contractor can help you negotiate with insurance.

If the damage resulted from a sudden accident and is caused by a specific peril, you will likely have at least some coverage. Your insurance company may prorate a payout for a full roof replacement depending on the roof’s age.

Filing a claim for major storm damage is one way to protect your finances. A contractor can help provide estimates for expenses to the claims agent. If you suspect major damage after a storm, get an inspection from a contractor right away.

How Do I Know If I Can Trust the Inspection Report?

Every homeowner fears contractors will sell services and work that don’t need to be done, so knowing you can trust the company is important. Make sure the contractor shows you pictures and walks you through their findings. They should be willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Since a reliable company won’t pressure you to sign contracts, you will have time after an inspection to research the company before proceeding with any major repairs. We recommend asking neighbors and looking through Google reviews to see if other clients are satisfied.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what’s included in the Tune-up?

When you get a tune-up through a trustworthy contractor, the roofing company will detail what is covered in the tune-up and will explain what guarantees are available for the completed work.

Can I inspect my own roof?

Homeowners can conduct a visual inspection from the ground by looking for cracked or curling shingles, and they can also look into the attic for signs of leaks. We do not recommend that homeowners get onto the roof themselves. A licensed roofer has safety equipment for this task. 

My shingles are good for 20 years, so why do I need a tune-up?

Shingles may last for 20 years, but a roof is more than shingles. Your roof has boots, flashings, and caulking to keep everything watertight. The caulking likely needs to be replaced more frequently than the shingles to prevent leaks.