Take note of flashing on chimneys, dormer walls, vent pipes, etc. If you see roofing cement (black in color) covering these areas it is usually an indication of previous repairs, poor workmanship and/or missing flashing.
Roof Pitch Matters
Flat & low slope roofs need routine maintenance. Chances are, if it is a few years old and hasn’t been maintained that a thorough inspection and some maintenance is needed.
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Determining the condition of your roof?
Roofing shingles deteriorate slowly over time. This can make it difficult to determine when to invest in a new roof. The longevity of your roof depends on many factors, including: shingle weight, quality of installation, degree of exposure, and probably the most overlooked and the number one reason of early roof failure, ventilation. Shingles that last 25 years on one house may only last 15 years on another. Shingle decay is the most accurate indicator of your roof’s remaining life. An experienced contractor should be able to assess and propose the right roof system for your home.
Inspecting your roof
There are 3 stages of shingle decay and wear that you can spot from the ground...
STAGE 1: TIME TO START PLANNING
In stage one, the colored stone granules that are embedded in the shingle’s surface begin to wear away. This stage is easy to spot on a light colored roof because as the granules wear away, you will see patches of the base material which is black. If you have a dark-colored roof, you may need to do an up-close inspection of the shingles. Generally, roofs do not leak at this stage. The shingles however become brittle and begin to curl.
STAGE 2: TIME FOR A NEW ROOF
In stage two, bare spots where base material is exposed become clearly visible and are widespread. The roof may appear blotchy and gray.
STAGE 3: URGENT! REPLACE!!
In stage three, exposed sections of shingles will crack and begin to break off. You will also find worn shingles in your gutters and on the ground, exposed nails and underlayment. At this stage if it is not leaking it soon will!
THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR
Buying a new roof is a big investment. First and foremost, you should insist on working with a professional roofing contractor. Follow these tips for choosing the right company for the job.
Credibility & Stability
Proposals & Procedures
Guarantees & Warranties
Insurance & Verification
Materials & Products
Training & Safety