“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 that includes 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. The reason these concepts are significant is that all too often, when replacing shingles, the homeowner and contractors providing the quotes focus solely on the cost of only replacing the shingles. If there are other issues involved with the roof, these may not be uncovered and the same cycle will be repeated, requiring replacing the roof again.
Each home has a unique set of circumstances affecting the performance of a roof. As a result, solutions regularly require a multi-faceted approach to correct root causes and ensure a long life for your new roof.
To help prevent problems from occurring, it is important to use a consistent method in assessing roof issues. If the contractor you are using does not follow the process described below, or a similar process, you may want to look further for someone to provide the solution.
Roof problems can range from the very simple to very complex issues with multiple contributing factors. With that said, any contractor selling only one solution to you 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.
Confirming issues you may have with your roof is simple. First, identify what the actual problem is with the roof, and second, diagnose any factors that may be contributing to the accelerated aging of the roof. Second, when diagnosing roofing problems, be sure to look at such items as proper ventilation, soffit and gutter drainage, siding, and internal air quality systems such as humidifiers and exhaust fans. Third, create a correction plan including any contributing factors causing your roofing issues and specifics as to how the roof will be repaired. This 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.
Roof repair solutions and its variations are infinite. Each home has a unique set of circumstances affecting the performance of a roof. This reality makes it more important for you to carefully consider how you approach roof repairs, especially the contractor you select to complete your project. Your goal is to repair your roof once and correctly, so that issues are resolved.