“There are two things I would tell every homeowner with a roof problem,” says Casey Frisch, President of Advanced Exteriors. They are:
1.) The roof is part of a system including the roof itself, gutters, soffits, siding, ventilation and other systems within their home. 2.) Certainly, roofs can wear out over time. However, if your roof requires repair or replacement pre-maturely, there is a good chance something within the system is not functioning correctly and has accelerated the aging process. The reason these concepts are significant is all too often when replacing shingles, the homeowner and the contractors providing the quotes focus solely on the cost of shingle replacement. But, if there are other issues contributing to the problem, the same cycle will be repeated, and possibly accelerated.
Roof repair and its variations are infinite. Each home has a unique set of circumstances affecting the performance of a roof. Solutions regularly require a multi-faceted approach to correct root causes and to ensure a long life for your new roof.
To help prevent problems from occurring, it is important to use a consistent method in reviewing a problem roof. If the contractor you are using does not follow this or a similar process, you may want to look further for someone to provide the solution.
Roof problems can range from very simple to very complex issues with multiple contributing factors. With that said, any contractor selling only one solution is probably not doing you any favors. By making a case for a single product, which may or may not be the solution to your problem, they may be doing you a disservice.
When working to identify roofing issues, you and your contractor need to identify what the actual problem is with the roof by diagnosing any factors contributing to accelerated aging.
Diagnosing the issue includes, but is not limited to:
- Seeing if any shingles are missing, loose, or damaged,
- Looking for nails that may have popped up,
- Reviewing ventilation,
- Looking at soffit, gutter, and drainage,
- Inspecting the siding,
- And, analyzing internal air quality (humidifiers, exhaust fans, etc.).
Once the underlying issues of the problem with your roof have been diagnosed, the next step is to create a correction plan including understanding and correcting (if needed) contributing factors along with the roof repair. This latter step is crucial because the root cause of many roof problems, if not part of the repair plan, will shorten the life of any repairs done.