Roof leaks do not always signify catastrophic problems if engineering and maintenance managers recognize problems early — and that is the touchy part.
It's sort of like if you have an illness, You want to have symptoms prior to it becoming really serious. So as soon as you start showing some symptoms, you go to the doctor, and the doctor treats it so it doesn't get more severe.
The same thing can be said of a roof. You can have a significant problem with the roof, but not see the symptoms until it's too late.
Diagnosing whether to recover, repair, or replace a roof is a laborious task for All Trades Enterprise. who must assess factors such as a roof's maintenance history, condition, and life expectancy into our resolution.
When evaluating a roof's condition, a great place to start is to administer a detailed visual survey that involves core samples to comprehend the composition of the roof, from deck to air, and an evaluation of the leak history. The samples could mean the difference between a basic repair project and more serious issues.
The first thing All Trades Enterprise suggests is the owner get a handle on the nature of the problems and what types of problems there are. Are they in a certain area, or spread over a large area of the roof, or are they just specific, severe problems, like a leak penetration, something that can be fixed?
If you're having some leak problems and there is still three to four years of your roof's life expectancy and there is a 20-year warranty, extending the life through repairs, especially if you don't have to pay for the repairs, is a good way to do it.
If your warranty has expired, and the roof's damage is severe, then you can throw out repairs and think about recovering or replacing it.
All Trades Enterprise suggests delaying to spend more than 15 percent of the replacement cost on repairs to get another five years. If you can fit within that 10 to 15 percent range and buy another five years, that's probably a fair investment. If you're spending 25 to 30 percent to get five more years, that's far too much.
But solely relying on a warranty to fix everything that ails a roof is hazardous.
The one thing manufacturing roof warranties cover is that they will repair leaks that take place during the duration of the warranty, provided the leaks are not caused by one of about 15 items that are excluded. A dependence on roof warranties is one of the myths that are out there. Homeowners tend to think if they've got a 20-year warranty they are protected for 20 years. That's just not the case.
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends getting an inspection twice a year, one after the hottest weather and one after the coldest weather and maybe an additional inspection after any major weather events can help ensure that roofs maintain their effectiveness for years to come.