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-Extensive pooling of water: The biggest issue with flat roofs is pooling. If your roof regularly develops pools of water you should consider having it replaced.
-Large rips and tears in the material and/or seams: Flat roofs may eventually develop tears and holes in the roofing material. This issue is particularly likely to crop up along seams in the roofing. This is where two pieces of material were joined together.
-Roofing material that does not easily show damage: It is simple to find the holes in some types of roofing material such as membranes made from various materials. Other types of roofing material–such as a tar and gravel roof–are more challenging. Even an experienced contractor may have a hard time finding and repairing holes. If your roof is composed of a troublesome material that does not allow contractors to easily locate leaks, you may want to consider replacing it with a different type of roofing.
Of course, the decision of whether to replace or repair a roof is a complicated matter. It is worth your time to talk with an expert. Call State Roofing Company at (281)293-7000
When it comes to buying your first house, a lot of home-buyers seem to look over the state of the roof, unless it’s in extreme distress. However, the roof should be one of the first items on your checklist when you’re on the hunt for that perfect house.
Ask the seller about the age of the roof; its history (whether there has been any damage in the past that needed to be fixed); how often the homeowner got it properly inspected; and the projected lifespan of the roof (depending on the material that it’s made from).
What You Should Look At:
1. The Obvious
Take a solid look at the state of the roof. Common warning signs would be missing shingles, mold, worn spots, and curled edges.
2. Proper Ventilation
The ventilation system of a home is a major factor in the “healthiness” of a roof. Although the roof may be relatively new, if the ventilation system isn’t up-to-date or working properly, you will have problems with the roof down the road. A proper ventilation system lets sunlight and air come in easily; it also reduces energy costs and decreases the level of moisture in the home. If the system is not working properly, you could be facing mold or a warped roof.
3. Gutters and Good Drainage System
A drainage system involves three aspects: downspouts, gutters, and drainage pipes. You’ll want to make sure all of these parts are in working order, which State Roofing Company can help you with. When looking at the gutters, thoroughly inspect the shingle grains, they protect the shingles from the sun’s rays.
When a roof leaks, the water may be pouring out of one spot, but it’s actually leaking from something that’s closer to 10 feet away from the problem area. Common leakers include areas such as chimneys, plumbing vents, roof seam connecting additions, and head wall flashings.
- Do your homework and get educated about your coverage and any potential costs.
- Make sure you only contact State Licensed Contractors in the state where your home is located. And they should be certified by the roofing product manufacturer. Be sure to check all contractor credibility through reputable sources.
- Make sure your roofing contractor is covered under workers compensation and general liability. If anyone is injured on your property, you are liable without this protection!
- Contact your insurance company, after your certified roofing contractor has successfully scoped your roof for damage, and let them know of any damages (hail or wind) that have incurred.
- Schedule a time to personally meet with your insurance adjuster. Make sure the adjuster thoroughly inspects your roof for not only suspected damage but any other damage.
- Provide the insurance companies report to your contractor for their review to insure that the quantities of material and the complete replacement value are correct. The contractor can help you determine if you need if you need subrogation from your insurance company.
- NEVER give a contractor any money up front for a roof replacement. Any reputable company can over the costs of material and labor until the job is complete.