The best thing to do is for you to give us a call so we can come out and give you an estimate anyway. All estimates are free; we are not going to charge you to come out and take a look at it to see what’s going on with your roof. We also have a couple of other options. We offer in-house financing on small roof repairs that you pay directly to us. We also work with third party financing companies that we can try to get you qualified through for bigger repairs or replacements. If none of these are an option for you and you just really can’t afford to fix your roof when you need it fixed, there are a few things you can do to protect it from incurring further damage or allowing more damage to occur inside of your home.
One way to protect your roof is by inspecting and maintaining your flashing. This is an important part of your roof that helps to keep water from leaking into your home and causing damage. It is vital to keep flashing solid. Maintaining the flashing is something you can do on your own with a little bit of guidance as long as the flashing isn’t custom and you are confident in what you are doing. You can buy premade flashing and flashing kits at your local home improvement store. You will have to measure it, cut it, nail it down, and seal it all yourself. To reseal older flashing, remove the old caulk first. Then scrub it clean and reseal it with a high-quality sealant. There are also a lot of options as far as DIY help videos on Youtube.
Another thing you can do to prevent further damage to your roof is to inspect and treat fungi or algae. These can cause damage to your roof. You can hinder the growth of these organisms by installing zinc or lead control strips on your roof. These strips just get tucked under the edge of the shingles that cap the ridge of your roof and they create an environment that is hard for moss and algae to grow in. Before installing these control strips, make sure that any existing growth on your roof is removed by scrubbing it with a stiff brush and treating the area with a solution of 3 cups water to one cup bleach.
You can also prevent leaks and damage by keeping up with your caulk or mortar. Regularly inspect the areas around your chimney and other roof joints for cracks or other signs of deterioration. Fix these problem areas right away by applying mortar or caulk repair that you can buy at the home improvement store. Apply to all affected areas and let it dry. You also need to inspect for rust. You can repair rust damage on your own with a bit of know-how. Scrub the affected area down with a wire brush. Then apply primer and paint.
One big thing you can do is to look for and take care of any ice dams that may form on your roof during the winter. Ice dams can cause major damage including tearing off gutters and allowing downpours of water into your home. Prevent ice dams by making sure your gutters are cleaned before winter hits. You can take care of the problem temporarily by melting through the dam with ice melt, stabilizing the temperature of your roof’s surface, or carefully removing the dam piece by piece with a blunt mallet.