If you've noticed a stain on your ceiling, or maybe you've found water pooling on the attic floor, then you most likely have a leaky roof. However, it's not the end of the world. You should not jump right to the conclusion that you need an entire new roof. In some cases, the leak might not require the roofers to tear up your entire roof and install a new one. However, the longer you put it off, the more of a problem it will become. That water is not just a cosmetic problem. It's also a sign that there is something wrong with the roof. If the leak continues unabated, then there will end up being extensive damage to the roof that will need to be repaired. So, you need to bring in contractors that deal with residential roofing, and they can assess the problem. Here are some likely scenarios.
The Roof Flashing Might Need To Be Repaired
One thing that might be an issue is the flashing. The flashing might have gotten loose and all that is needed is for the contractors to get up on the roof and re-secure it. If the flashing has deteriorated, then it can be removed and new flashing can be applied to the roofing joints. The process of removing the flashing and installing new flashing is not too laborious. First, the old flashing is pried up, then the area is cleaned, and new flashing cement is laid down and the new flashing material is applied. However, it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible because water damage can end up rotting the decking under the flashing if water is left to pool there for too long. Once this decking is rotted, it will need to be torn up, and some of the neighboring shingles will also have to be taken up in order to lay new decking.
New Decking and Shingles
If there is water coming through the roof because of bad tiles and a rotten spot in the decking, you have two options. The simplest solution is to have the roofing contractors climb up there and do a spot patch. They will cut out the rotten bit of decking and then apply new underlayment and shingles. Of course, if that one section was rotten, it is not too unlikely that another section will soon rot out. So you might want to price a complete roof replacement. This is especially prudent if your roof is old and due for a replacement soon anyways.
For more information, contact a business such as Vertex Roofing.