When is it time to call a professional roofer?

When is it time to call a professional roofer?

By Neil Cagle

Having your roof come crashing down on your head is something you would never want to happen. That’s why you shouldn’t let your roof problems reach proportions that will require superhero powers to repair. It’s important that you recognize when you’re roof is signaling you for help and know when to call the professionals for repairs or a replacement before your roof gets worse. Here are the signs to watch out for:

When The Roof Has Aged

Roof life expectancies vary according to material, but most roofs will need to be assessed for repair as they approach their twentieth year. Long-term exposure to sun, rain and the freeze-thaw of winter can cause premature roof failure, especially when the roof is not maintained properly.

When There Is External Damage

Although some signs of damage can only be discovered upon professional inspection, there are often external signs you can see for yourself.  Streaking stains, curling, buckling, and excessive shedding of shingle granules? Pick up the phone quick. Other cues to call for a professional are punctures and holes on the roof surface, leaks due to failed flashing and metal or masonry, signs of rust, cracks, bad mortar and expansion joints, as well as deteriorated sealant.

When You’re Changing The Use Of The Building

When transitioning a home from residential use to commercial, some changes might need to be made.  Otherwise, without re-roofing and reinforcing the underlayment, your roof might not be able to handle the increased foot traffic and weight on its surface. This includes adding equipment to your roof.

When You’ve Experienced Severe Weather

In the event of a storm, high winds, or hail, it is recommended you check for damage as soon as possible. Even small punctures caused by debris or nearby trees can let a large amount of water into the roofing system.

When You’re Selling Your Home

Your roofing material and design can enhance your home's curb appeal. Roofing is one of the ten most valuable home improvement projects to invest in; you can recover as much as 56.7% of your expenses upon sale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s latest Cost vs Value Report.

Things To Consider

For a major roof repair or replacement, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Replace or Resurface? Building codes allow for no more than two layers of roofing for any structure. Make sure to have your roofing professional check on this for you before starting a repair or replacement job.
  • Warranty Coverage: While manufacturers and roofing contractors alike offer warranties, there are some things they likely won’t cover, which a homeowner can usually do something about. What are these? Issues such as lack of maintenance, repairs done by non-authorized contractors, structural movement, severe weather, chemical contamination and improperly installed materials.
  • Your Roofing Contractor: Choose a roofing contractor you can trust, with liability coverage, licensing, and certification. Look for a company with a proven track record; one that can provide client references and a list of completed projects, especially those similar to yours.

Author Bio

Founder and current President of All American Roofing, Neil Cagle, was known for teaching business when he started his own small re-roofing firm during the summer of 1981. When his accountant informed him he was making more money in the summer, he gave up teaching.  Today, Neil's company has advanced all the way to being recognized as being one of the top roofing companies in America.


Topics: Maintenance & Repair, Remodeling, Roofing

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