Residential Roofing Costs – San Diego

What Does a New Roof Cost?

This is the number one question we get asked by customers. It is also a loaded one. We understand that customers are anxious to get right to the bottom line but there are many factors that will determine the cost of your new roof.

Before we can give you a quote, Sully-Jones Roofing does a complete roof inspection, taking into consideration the condition of the existing roof, flashings, drains, gutters, solar panels, skylights and underlying deck. Once we can assess the current state of the roof, we can help you determine whether it makes sense to repair, re-cover or whether a complete roof replacement is required.

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New Roof Cost Factors

Preparation – A professional roofing company will remove the existing shingles, tiles or flat roofing materials to further assess the condition of the plywood, flashing, drains, gutters, roof penetrations such as skylights and seals. Once removed, the roofing company will properly dispose of all debris. New roof preparation is normally estimated by the square foot.

The Materials – Like any remodeling project, there are a wide variety of materials, all at a wide variety of price points. Not only will the materials you choose be a significant factor, the size of the roof will determine the amount of materials and labor required.

Whether you are choosing a tile roof, a shingle roof or have a flat roof, you have options – many, many options. You may think that all tile roofs are approximately the same, but there are numerous variations in style, durability and cost. See our Tile Roofs page to see just a sample of the styles available to you. Shingle roofs present an even greater variety of styles, colors, and quality levels – see the Shingle Roofs page to see just some samples of your choices. And you may be surprised by the array of offerings for Flat Roofs. Sully-Jones installs all major brands and types of roof materials. Our experts can help to guide you through the wide variety of choices to find the perfect fit for you home and your budget.

The Bottom Line

While we can’t give you an exact cost until we have inspected the condition of your roof, you have selected the roofing materials and we have calculated the square footage, we can give you a broad range based on the type of roof you may need. Below are some ranges – though we have installed roofs in these categories that have come in above or below these ranges based on a variety of factors.

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When Is The Best Time To Get Roof Work Done?

The answer is simple. NOW!  

Because we live in sunny Southern California, many people take the weather for granted and do not address the condition of their roofs until it is too late.  While we don’t have to worry about snow or ice on the roof, winter rain can seep through the roof and cause significant damage to the structure of your building and all of the contents that are supposed to be protected by the roof.  As you will see from the video below, we can’t always predict when the rainy season will start.

Don’t wait until roof leaks damage the structure of your home or commercial building.

While the weather outside is delightful, right now –  the rainy season is coming. Once the rain comes, the damage to your roof will get worse and the resulting damage to the actual structure of your home or building will get more expensive. Watch the video below to see why you should get a

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Sully-Jones Roofing is offering incentives to get your roof work done before the rainy season starts.

Watch this video as a cautionary tale to waiting to get your roof work done until rain starts coming through your roof.

 

 

Top Reasons to Use a Professional Roofing Company On Your New Construction Project

Roof constructionNew home or commercial construction requires a collaboration of many professionals – from your general contractor to electricians, to plumbers, to the team that makes interior design decisions. While it often makes sense to use your general contractor for most of the heavy construction, certain parts of your new build should be left to experts in their given trade. A good example involves installing the new roof on your home or commercial building. There are many good reasons to use a professional roofing company rather than your general contractor for your roof – even on new construction.

Specialized Expertise and Equipment

Since roof installation often requires specialty tools and equipment that most general contractors will not have.  Professionals that specialize in their particular part of the building trade are always working to perfect their craft – creating efficiencies, improved processes and better quality for their customers.   If you want the highest quality roof that will last for decades versus years, you will want to employ the experts.

Materials Knowledge & Costs

Factors like the need for weather resistance, sun exposure, energy efficiency, the number and types of protrusions such as vents, skylights and HVAC units will determine the right type of covering for your roof. In some cases a protective coating may also be needed to comply with local regulations such as Title 24. Once again, a general contractor will have a working knowledge of what materials to get for your project, but a roofing professional will have a more thorough understanding of what works for roofs in your area and has the buying power to insure you get the best price on your roofing materials.

Experience

Perhaps the most important reason to hire a professional roofing company is the sheer number of years of experience that they can bring to the roof installation. In the event of problems, unexpected delays, or inclement weather during the installation – a roof specialist can quickly assess the issues and how to most effectively resolve them. This will go a long way to getting the project back on track without costing you an arm and a leg. A professional roofing company will also know the fastest way to complete your project without sacrificing quality, while insuring that you have the longest lasting roof available.

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Insurance Coverage for Roof Repair and Roof Replacement

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Save Money by Getting Your Roof Work Done this Fall.

Spring is designated that time of year to work on the interior of your home with “Spring Cleaning.”  The fall season should be designated for time for home maintenance and improvement projects, particularly on the exterior of your home. Why, you ask? While home repairs may cut into your football viewing schedule, the weather is often at its most agreeable – the summer heat is gone and winter weather has not yet arrived. While we don’t have snow or ice in San Diego, we do get wet, windy and often cold weather that can affect the soundness of your home.  Some projects just shouldn’t be put off. One of the most important home improvement projects is the repair or replacement of a damaged roof.  If your roof has any damage or leaks, these could get substantially worse when winter weather comes. As anyone in construction will tell you, if you don’t make the repairs early, they will cost you far more later.  And since your roof covers and protects your entire house – if your roof is not in good shape, the entire structure of your home could be at risk.

Roof Repair and Replacement Can Take Less Time When Weather Is Not a Factor.

Fall is typically the busiest time of year for roofing companies – even in San Diego. Summer heat and summer vacations are over. And homeowners begin to think about winter weather and what might happen if they don’t fix the damage to their roof. Though most roofing companies are busy in the fall season, it does not mean that you will pay more. In fact, you could be paying less than if you wait.

Weather can impact the amount of time a roofing company needs to spend repairing or replacing your roof. Wet weather and wind means that your roof needs additional protection while the work is being done. If weather conditions are not good, the roofing company may remove oonly the portion of the roof that they can finish in that given day. Severe, wet winter conditions could prevent work from getting done resulting in frustrating delays finishing your roofing project. The more time your roofing company spends on your roof repair or replacement due to weather conditions, the more you are likely to pay.

Damage to Your Roof Has Probably Gotten Worse By Spring.

In addition, fixing up the roof in the fall ensures those winter storms won’t find their way into your home via leaks. Addressing leaks in the fall can prevent damage to your home’s interior when rain seeps through the roof. Water that makes its way into your home through a damaged roof will certainly cause damage to the substructure of your roof . Water can also cause mold and water damage to support structures, flooring and your belongings inside. Costs for water damage to your home can mount up quickly if a leaky roof is not addressed immediately.

 

What You Need To Know About Shingle Roofs For Your Southern CA Home.

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If you are planning a renovation or building a new home from the ground up, you have many choices when it comes to your roof. In Southern California, we don’t typically have to worry about extreme weather but you will want to consider how your roof will look with the architectural style of your home and of course, how it fits into your budget.  New technologies and innovations in shingle roofing have extended the lifespan of a typical residential roof and make it possible to get any look you want for your home, at a reasonable price

Residential Roofing | San Diego Roofer Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles are today’s most popular roofing material. Not only are they less costly than wood shake or shingle roofs, tile, slate or metal roofs, but, in southern California, where summer fires are not uncommon, they offer excellent protection for your home. With an abundance of color and style choices, Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles add to the beauty and durability of your home.

Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles are made of a woven fiberglass base mat, that is covered with a waterproof asphalt coating, then surfaced with ceramic granules that make the product fire resistant and protect your roof from harmful UV rays. The fiberglass mat composition gives the shingles their durability and strength.

Two Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingle Types are Three Tab Shingles and Architectural Shingles.

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Three-Tab- Shingles are the still the most economical type of shingle for your home.  These shingle roofs are distinguished by the cut-out tabs exposed along the lower edge of the shingle which gives them a nicely layered effect. See more Three-Tab Shingle Roofing examples on our website.

 

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Architectural Asphalt Shingles do not have cut-outs but their lower edge is laminated with an additional asphalt layer which gives these shingles a contoured, dimensional appearance.  See more examples of Architectural Shingle Roofing examples on our websites.

 

 

Both 3-Tab Shingles and laminated Architectural Shingles contain a strip of factory-applied adhesive that is activated by the sun’s heat after installation and seals each shingle to the next. The seal strip also provides much of a shingle’s resistance to wind uplift.

How to Decide With So Many Shingle Roof Choices?

With over a dozen reputable manufacturers in North America and a plethora of color and style choices, it is often hard to tell whether a roof is shingle or wood shake or even slate. There is a shingle roof material to suite the style of any home. Get expert guidance from a professional roofing company who can walk you through the many choices from all of the top shingle roof manufacturers. See more choices and photos on our website Residential Roofing pages. 

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Most Common Questions About Roof Replacement and Repair

San Diego’s Leading Residential Roofing Company Answers Your Questions About Roof Repair and Replacement.

With over 60 years in the roofing industry in San Diego County, we have heard almost every question there is about roofing from our customers. Below are some of the most common questions about residential roof repair and replacement.

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How Long Does It Take for a Roof Repair?

The length of time required to properly repair your roof depends on a lot of factors, primarily how much damage your roof has and the total square footage. If you only need to repair a relatively small part of the roof, the job may be completed very quickly. Even if you need extensive roof repair work, it could be done in several days depending on the size of roof. If you have a large home or extensive damage to the structure, it might take a few weeks to finish the project. Your contractor should give you a timeline for your roof repair or replacement after a full inspection, and should keep you informed if there are any changes to the expected completion date as work begins.

How Long Does It Take for a Full Roof Replacement?

Again, the timeline for your roof replacement is largely guided by the condition of your roof. For instance, when there is structural damage underneath the roof material, additional repair work will be needed – you should not put new tiles or shingles over core building damage because the new roof will not be structurally sound. The more work that needs to be done to get the structure of your home prepared for the new roof, the longer the project is likely to take. You may not be able to see the structural damage just by looking at the roof. The only way to tell if there is damage to the structure itself, and not just the roofing materials, is to have a full inspection by a professional roofing company.

How much damage can a typical roofing contractor handle?

Some roofing contractors will only be qualified to work only on the roof itself and not on the underlying structure.  If you suspect that you have extensive damage to your roof or structural damage, you should check references to be certain that you employ a roofing company that has a track record in complete roof replacement or new roof construction.  Your professional roofing company should the equipment and experience to handle a variety of roof damage, from natural disaster aftermath to a dilapidated roof resulting from wear over time.

What happens to all the debris?

Your roofing contractor will take away the debris that results from your re-roofing project. Depending on your city’s regulations, it may not be legal to throw certain debris into the trash. For residential roofing in San Diego, CA, while you are allowed to send your materials to the landfill, it’s recommended that you recycle as much of the material as is possible. California is already experiencing an overflow of construction materials in its landfills. You should not be responsible for the disposal, however. Your roofing contractor can bring a large dumpster to store debris until it’s ready to be removed from your property. Make sure that debris removal is included in your roof repair or replacement bid.

What happens if it rains during my roof replacement?

Your roofing contractor should always check the weather report to see if rain is in the forecast. If it does rain, it’s in your best interest to postpone work until the work can commence in dry conditions. In the mean time, your roof should be protected so that it’s water-tight. This can be accomplished by applying paper and tarp over the part of the roof that is currently exposed with no shingles or tiles. Any experienced roofing company will make sure that your home is protected from weather while working on your roof repair or replacement.

Typical costs

Costs associated with a roof repair or replacement include; materials, labor, and disposal fees. The cost of a total replacement can vary between a few thousand dollars, or in excess of $10,000 depending on the roof materials you choose and the size of your roof. Your roofing contractor should provide an itemized estimate for the project in writing, so you will know what the project will cost before work begins. Ask for any updates regarding new fees or unanticipated expenses that pop up during the project. You will usually be asked to pay at least part of the bill before the project begins, so that your contractor can purchase the necessary supplies.

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Will Insurance Cover Roof Repair or Replacement?

Answers to Your Roofing Questions from San Diego’s Leading Roofing Company.

One of the most common questions we get from customers is “Will my insurance cover the cost of my roof replacement or repair?”

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In the event that your roof experiences some sort of damage, whether it’s from a hail or wind storm or a misguided firecracker, you should fix the bad shingles or tiles as soon as possible. A damaged section of roof can lead to flooding, pests, and wasted energy. Even if you do not see visible damage, but your roof has outlived its warranty, you should get an inspection of your roof.  Fortunately, if you have homeowners insurance, the burden of paying for roof repairs or replacement usually does not fall completely on your shoulders. Your roofing contractor should be able to help you navigate your way through the roof insurance claims process.

Will Insurance Cover a NEW Roof?

Whether or not your insurance covers the cost of roof replacement depends largely on the extent of the damage. When roof repair could resolve the issue, your insurance company will want to fix the damage with less costly and less extensive repair measures. The cause of the damage is also considered when your insurance decides whether or not to replace the roof under your policy. If your roof has sustained damage from something unexpected, such as a fallen tree or a fire, chances are that they will cover a full replacement if the damage is severe enough. If the roof is older than the roof warranty, insurance may not cover roof replacement. Sully-Jones Roofing will be happy to come out for a full roof inspection and provide you with the information your insurance company will need to assess whether a new roof will be covered.

Will Insurance Fully Cover Roof Repair?

If the damage caused to your roof is caused by a natural disaster or accident that is covered by your policy, you should be able to get all repairs paid for by your policy. On the other hand, excluded circumstances won’t be covered. For instance, Named Peril Insurance will only cover the cost of repairs that are specifically named in the policy,which usually includes things like lightening and hail damage. On the other hand, All Risk Policies will cover everything except for those types of damage that are specifically excluded. For example, tree damage, random debris falling from the sky and broken shingles from a rogue firework should all be covered by an All Risk Insurance policy unless your policy names them as exceptions.

Does the Age and Condition of the Roof Affect Insurance Coverage?

Your policy may outline age requirements for roof replacement or repair. For instance, if your roof is more than 10 years old, you may only be allowed reimbursement for the depreciated value of your roof instead of the original value. As aforementioned, the condition of your roof also matters when the insurance company evaluates whether or not it can cover your roof damage. The more severe the leaking and evident damage that is present, the better your case for the necessity of a repair or replacement.

What are the General Guidelines for Filing a Claim For Roof Work?

Before you can get work done on your roof that will be covered by insurance, you will need to get an estimate from a professional roofing contractor.  In most cases, you are allowed to use the roofing company of your choice. You can also file a supplemental claim if the roof ends up costing more than the original quote.

Even in sunny San Diego, residential roofs will naturally deteriorate over time. In addition, extreme weather and accidents, can play a part in its roof damage. Reading the fine print of your insurance policy when the roof is in good condition will help you file a claim more smoothly when the time comes that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Sully-Jones Roofing has extensive experience in providing roof estimates for insurance claims and helping our clients navigate the process of getting their roof repair or replacement covered by their insurance company.

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5 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Roofing Company to Repair Your Roof.

Roof repair in San Diego might seem like a job you could tackle yourself. But when you stop to consider the investment you have in your roof and how important it is to protecting your home, as well as, all that you own inside your home, you will want to make sure that the job is done right. Below are 5 reasons why you should hire a professional roofing company to repair your roof.

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Reason #1: Save Money

Yes, you could SAVE money when you hire a professional roofing company to fix your roof.  Roofing companies can usually get roofing materials at a lower cost than you can. They also have all of the tools needed to complete the job correctly. When you consider the cost of purchasing all of the tools needed, you will find that the costs quickly add up.  And if you run into problems, and most do when attempting a technical job for the first time, your costs can get out of hand.

Reason #2: Access to High Quality Materials

Roofing materials are not all created equal. Your professional roofing contractor knows which materials are the best quality and the best fit for your particular roof. When purchasing roofing materials on your own, you are limited to only those materials that are available at home improvement stores. Professional roofers, on the other hand, have access to high quality materials at wholesale prices.

Reason #3: Don’t Be Left Exposed

You’re busy. Finding time to devote to repairing your roof is difficult. If you are not able to find large blocks of time to complete the entire job, you could leave parts of your roof exposed. In doing so, you will risk the integrity of your roof and expose the contents below to the elements. A professional roofing company has the experience, the tools and the personnel to get your roof repair done quickly.

Reason #4: Protect Your Safety

It goes without saying that working on a roof is an inherently dangerous job. This is particularly true when you do not have experience and all of the safety tools and equipment. If you have ever tried hauling heavy or bulky materials up a ladder, you know how precarious it can be.  Then, of course, there is always the risk of falling off the roof and seriously hurting yourself.  An average of 136,118 people every year – 49.5 per 100,000 people in the United States – are rushed to emergency rooms for ladder related injuries.

Reason #5: Warrantee on Workmanship

Professional Roofing Companies in San Diego should offer a warrantee on workmanship.  If there are any problems with the work the done on your roof, your professional roofing company will make repairs until the problem is corrected.

Standard warranties on workmanship are 1-5 years.  Sully-Jones offers labor warranties up to 20 years on both shingle and flat roofing.

Sully-Jones has the longevity, knowledge, and experience that enable us to offer these extended warranties. Our craftsmanship and installation techniques have proven the test of time and we stand firmly behind all of our work. Sully-Jones will provide you with the best roofing warranty available in San Diego county and the peace of mind that your roof will be taken care of for the life of your warranty.

Contact Sully-Jones, for new roofs, roof repair, roof maintenance emergency roof repairs. Sully-Jones is the most respected professional roofing company in San Diego.

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Commercial Roof Damage Southern California

How Does the Weather Damage Your Commercial Roof in Even Southern CA.? 

With near-perfect weather in Southern California, you may not think that your roof can be damaged by Mother Nature. Since we don’t typically have to deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, or major winter storms in San Diego, many homeowners and businesses assume that their roof will not incur damage due to weather.  With an average rainfall of just 9” per year, San Diegans enjoy more sunny days than most parts of the country.  In reality, the UV rays that beat down on your roof almost every day of the year in San Diego are causing damage to your roof that you may not notice until expensive repairs are required.

How the Sun Affects Your Roof

When the sun beats down on your rooftop, the resulting heat causes the roof sealant to deteriorate.  Sealant is what stops moisture and other elements from seeping through your rooftop and into the building itself. As the sealant becomes less effective due to sun damage, it is easier for moisture to penetrate your roof and ultimately lead to pooling water outside and leaks inside – both of which are expensive to repair if you don’t catch them right away.  To stop the sun from creating a major headache for your flat roof, apply a protective coating to preserve the roof and reduce your energy costs at the same time.

Why You Should Apply a Protective Roof Coating

Cool Roof T-24 CoatingsA protective roof coating on your commercial flat roof in San Diego will serve multiple functions. It improves the appearance of your rooftop, as well as shielding it against elements like rain and wind. The coating also helps reflect most of the UV rays from the sun away from your building. In fact since the roof coating is bright white, about 90 percent of the UV rays that hit your roof can be reflected away from your roof immediately. Not only does this stop the sealant from being broken down, it also keeps the interior of your building cooler. When your building is cooler, you can save money on air conditioning costs in the long run. You may see as much as a 25-30 percent reduction in your monthly energy costs.

How a Protective Coating is Applied

A commercial roof coating can be sprayed onto almost any type of roof very quickly. You can apply a coating to asphalt, hot tar, cap sheet, and emulsion among other materials. Fifty pounds of coating material is able to cover the same amount of commercial roofing space as about 400 pounds of gravel. Regardless of what your roof is made from, a spray coating will not chip or peel and the life of your roof will be prolonged. Even in the face of standing water, a sprayed protective coating won’t break down like a regular sealant tends to do.

Title 24 Compliance Considerations

Many California cities, including San Diego, are obligated to comply with a law that aims to reduce global warming called Title 24. As a part of this law, commercial buildings must apply a protective coating to their flat roofs that will reflect away the sun’s rays when they are located within a certain heat zone. Protective roof coatings bring your commercial building in San Diego into compliance with this regulation. Find out if you need to comply with Title 24 regulations.

A protective coating stops commercial roofing sun damage from wreaking havoc on your building and breaking your bank at the same time. This service is a proactive step that you can take to prevent water from penetrating into your ceilings, and wind from whipping through. Applying protective cover is also a fairly swift process, which will cause very little interference to your business. If you have a commercial space in Southern CA, you simply must apply a protective coat you protect your investment in the long term.

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Causes of Residential Roof Leaks

Uncover the Most Common Cause of Roof Leaks – Roofing – San Diego, CA

Sources of Roof Leaks, San Diego CA

Even the highest quality roofs can deteriorate over time.  After a roof has reached or exceeded its expected lifetime, there can be some degradation of the roof materials – though the roof shingles themselves are rarely the source of your roof leak.   We have come out for many emergency leak repairs and have found, more often than not, that the roof leak is not coming from the roof itself but from other sources on the roof.

Here are some of the most common sources of residential roof leaks.

Leaks at Joints:  Joints between the roof and the chimney, or around other penetrations made in your roof to accommodate skylights, vents, exhaust flues for appliances, attic vents or other protrusions are very common areas for deterioration.  Worn or cracked rubber around boots, or metal flashings around these joints are among the most common sources of roof leaks. The joints between two sloped sections of a roof are also highly susceptible to deterioration and leaking.

Leaks Along Flashing: Flashing is the thin metal sheet or fitting that covers a seam or transition on the roof.  These are used wherever something sticks up through the roofline, such as, the chimney, vent stacks, etc. Flashing is also present at dormers, where two different roof planes meet, and where a roof meets a wall.  Over time, these can become corroded or weak and rain can begin to seep under the shingles. If caught early enough, a small gap can be resealed. Left untended, it could become a major leak requiring repair all the way down to the rafters.

Leaking Skylights: Not only can the joints and flashings at the skylight become a source for leaks, the seals on the skylight itself may degrade and begin to leak.

Water Accumulation at Your Chimney: A chimney is not only a huge hole in your roof, it also collects water on its surface which can trickle down to find even the smallest breach. Also, if your chimney is near the peak of the roof, your chimney should have a triangle metal tent on the high side where the chimney meets the roof to prevent pooling at the base of the chimney.

Soffit & Fascia Damage:  The “soffit” is the wood or metal panel on the underside of the roof’s overhang. The “fascia” is the board that runs behind the gutter, or along the roofline, which boxes in the overhang. Both of these are at risk of water damage over time.

If the roof drip edge, which directs water into the gutters, is missing or damaged, water will typically rot the fascia board before eventually traveling to the soffit, where it will continue on its destructive path.

Holes in the fascia usually start as soft spots caused  
by water damage. Without repair, the rot and mold will grow. Often small animals, such as squirrels, birds and rats will make these holes their new homes to make a bad problem worse.

If you do your own gutter cleaning, take advantage of your time up on the ladder to inspect the fascia boards and soffit for signs of damage. Simply take a screwdriver to probe damp spots to see if the wood seems soft. Any soft or rotted wood should be replaced. Don’t ignore the problem. It will just get worse.

Debris Accumulation on Your Roof and Gutters:   Leaves and other debris that have accumulated on your roof and in your gutters will slow water flow down the roof, cause water to flow sideways on a roof and will hold moisture which will cause mold, mildew and moss. Anything that holds moisture on your roof will reduce the lifespan of your roof.  It is important to remove leaves and other debris on your roof  before it accumulates.  Regular maintenance can increase the life of your roof by as much as 30%!

Broken, cupped, cracked or missing shingles:  Ok, your leak could be due to the shingles but it is rarely the shingle itself that is the problem – though given enough time, even the highest quality shingles will wear out.  More often than not, water seeps through the roof and into your home if your roof shingles have been cracked or broken due to something that has fallen on your roof or from someone who has walked on the roof. High winds or storms can also blow off shingles.  Nails driven through shingles and left unsealed (with roofing cement) also tend to leak – because nails make holes.

If the shingles are past their warranty period, they may start to deteriorate. This usually occurs on the southern facing side of the roof first, because they get the most exposure to the sun.  With tile and slate roofs, broken and missing shingles and failed repairs will hurt your roof and your bank account.  If your roof is metal, look out for corrosion. This can happen where dissimilar metals are in contact, such as with an aluminum vent cap on a steel roof.

Don’t ignore your roof until you have a leak:  If your roof is leaking, you may have significant damage and costs for repairs go up.  Contact a professional roofing company before you have a problem to physically inspect your roof and give you a written estimate for any repair or replacement necessary.

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