Drone Pics Don't Lie - You Need A Roofing Contractor

If you've been flying your new drone in the vicinity of your roof and decided to take a peek through its high definition camera, you may not have liked what you observed.

There are some issues that you may be able to you handle yourself, but some jobs require the skills of a company that can provide professional roofing services.

Small roofing jobs that you may be able to handle yourself

Clogged gutters

You may have sent your drone up to get pictures of the beautiful icicles hanging from your gutters. Icicles suspended from your gutters means that water is trapped inside and spilling over the edge.

If your rain gutters look like long narrow planters, filled with soil and small seedlings, they need to be cleaned as soon as possible. This layered muck is good for planting, but it prevents water from running to the downspout and away from your roof.

The weight of the sludge, combined with the weight of water trapped in the gutters, can cause them to pull away from your home's exterior walls, allowing water to eventually make its way into your home.

This is doubly troublesome in the winter, as water freezes between wall and gutter, expanding and forcing the gutters even further away from the wall.

To clean your gutters, you'll need an extension ladder that reaches just below them. You'll also need a gutter cleaning tool, which is a small narrow hand spade, and a tolerance for removing small portions of sediment and muck by hand until it is all removed (it is surprisingly heavy, so don't put too much in one container or it may pull you off the ladder). 

Accept the fact that you will need to move the ladder many times. Don't try to lean to cover more area, or the ladder may fall sideways. If a gutter is loose after cleaning, hammer in any loose gutter spikes (nails) and tighten any loose gutter screws if you have screws instead of spikes.

Loose roofing tiles and nails

Temperature changes may cause your roofing tiles to expand and shrink, causing the nails that secure them to pop up and protrude, or just fall out altogether. This causes the tiles themselves to come loose, and with a bad weather event, possibly fly away to tile heaven.

Replace all missing or broken tiles, along with roofing nails, as soon as possible. Water will find its way to the lowest point possible, and if you have missing or broken tiles, and water compromises your roof,  that could be your head as you sit on the couch binge watching your favorite show.

After replacing the tiles and nails, secure the nails with a dab of roofing cement.

When do you need to call a roofing contractor?

If most of your tiles look worn and discolored, and you find many small asphalt granules in your gutters, It's time to replace the tiles. That's a backbreaking job best suited for professional roofers.

Obviously, if you have a serious leak in your roof, you need a roofing contractor. Water leaks can cause serious structural damage to your roof and the rest of your home if the leak is not found and repaired. Although water may enter your roof in one area, it will travel a winding path through your house and drip through a ceiling in a completely different location.

If your drone picks up an image of a small lake on your roof, that area is probably compromised by water damage that has caused it to sag and create a low point for water to accumulate. 

If you decide to try to sweep or shop vac the water from the low spot until it can be repaired, do so with great caution. If the roof surface is impaired, you may find yourself in your bedroom or living room, along with a portion of your roof.

Just use common sense and know your limitations. Pick your battles, and call a roofing contractor if you need one.