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Questions:

How can I recognize when my roofing system has problems?

What are my options if I decide to re-roof?

My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?

Can I do the work myself?

How long can I expect my roof system to last?

What will a new roof system cost?

Answers:

How can I recognize when my roofing system has problems?

A: All too often, roofing 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; mold or algae on the roof; and other visible signs of roofing system problems. Indoor, look for leaks in the attic, cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, peeling wallpaper, and mold on the walls, as signs of damaged roof areas. However, some of the signs are subtler. For example, high heating bills could be a sign that your roof needs repair. there's a problem with your attic ventilation, as a badly ventilated attic may contain moisture that drips on the insulation and reduces its effectiveness. However, it may also be a sign that roof tiles are cracked or missing, letting the cold air in.

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What are my options if I decide to re-roof?

A: You have two basic options: you can choose a complete replacement of the roofing system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof; or you can re-cover the existing roofing system with another layer of roofing product.

In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roofing system re-cover before a complete replacement is necessary. You'll need to discuss your options with a professional roofing contractor like Aklym Roofing and Siding.

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My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?

A: Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roofing system being damaged. A complete roofing system failure, however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation, inappropriate choice of materials, or a roofing system installation that is inappropriate for the home or building.

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Can I do the work myself?

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

Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roofing 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 your roofing 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 roofing system), if possible.

Sometimes you can do some important "roof" repairs without even leaving the house. Many people assume that they have a problem with their roof, when the real problem is with the attic. For example, asphalt shingles can overheat if your attic doesn't have soffit ventilation. This overheating causes premature aging of your asphalt as it loses its flexibility. Cracks appear, and repairs become necessary. It's possible to do these repairs without replacing the shingles, but it's better to sort out the problem with your attic ventilation rather than repairing the roof over and over.


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How long can I expect my roof system to last?


A: Most new roofing systems are designed to provide useful service for about 30 to 50 years. Some roofing system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g., copper) systems, can last longer. Actual roofing system life span is determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roofing 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 to reach their expected lives.


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What will a new roof system cost?


A: The price of a new roofing system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building, location of the home or building, local labor rates and time of year. To get a good idea of price for your roofing system, get three or four proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship. For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make your choice based on your budget and needs. Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality work and superior customer service.

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