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All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs.

Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof system problems before the damage becomes serious.

Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.

You have two basic options:

  • Choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of the existing roof system, or
  • Re-cover the existing roof system, involving only the installation of a new roof system. If you’ve already had one re-cover of the original roof system, check with a professional roofing contractor. In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roof system re-cover before a complete replacement is necessary.

Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged.

A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and often a result of improper installation or choice of materials or the roof system installation is inappropriate for the home or building.

Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage the roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.

Any maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles, and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect the roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible.

Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roof system types such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g., copper) systems can last longer.

The actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application, and adequate roof maintenance. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail.

Ask us about our workmanship guarantee!