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Builder grade roofs are sometimes installed without the best attention to detail in areas where leaks may occur most often. The places where pipes or walls penetrate through the roof are often the first to leak because the builders contractor may not have installed the flashing appropriately. The shingles themselves may fail prematurely without proper attic ventilation. Many roofs installed on new homes in the Atlanta area experience leaks within the first ten years. Its unfortunately quite common.
Roof leaks often take months or even years to slowly seep in. First they rot the wood in the immediate vicinity of the roof, in the attic, and then the water may eventually find its way all of the way into the interior of the house in heavy rain conditions. Roof leaks are often detected long after they began, and may not be close to the area of initial water penetration due to the way water runs and travels along the various surfaces in the attic, walls and ceilings of the house.
Deciding if its worth repairing vs replacing a roof depends largely on two factors.
1. The age of the roof.
2. The quality of the installation of the roof.
If the roof is approaching 20 years of age, it may be time to consider replacing it rather than fixing leaks as they start to spring up.
If the roof is leaking frequently and it is less than 10 years old, a roofer should examine the quality of the installation. If it is installed well, and the the leak is isolated, it may be ok to repair only as needed. If it is discovered that there are major flaws built into the way to roof was put on, then leaks may become a recurring issue. This is a major consideration to go ahead with replacement sooner than later.
Yes, sometimes the roof leak may allow water into the house along the edge, and then the water may travel down along vertical walls, rather that hitting a ceiling directly. Sometimes the leaks on walls however can also be caused by problems with the brick, siding or stucco façade on the home. A thorough inspection and process of elimination may be necessary to solve the roof leak.
A roofer should provide a comprehensive quote. However, there are some items which are unknown until the work begins and the underside of the roof can be exposed. If the wood under the roof shingles and felt has begun to rot, it will need to be replaced before the new materials can be installed. This wood repair is usually an additional charge, unless the quote included a set number of wood repairs.
New Roofs - Roof Replacements
Great question! The answer is that a roof is a complex system of very detailed parts, that if installed too fast can result in mistakes and roof leaks down the road. So, it should take some time to install a roof with the attention to detail it needs. That said, if a large crew is completing the work, it can be completed in a relatively short period of time - many hands make light work. If a crew of a smaller size is installing the roof it may take a bit longer. Of course, the size of the roof matters too. A roof of 20 square or less typically takes 1 to 2 days. Anything over 20 square in size can take 2 to 5 days depending on the maximum size of the roof and complexity.
It is certainly in the thousands, if not tens of thousands - depending on the size of the roof. Not to mention that when the old roof is removed, all those nails are removed too! None are reused. Roofers have to work hard to ensure when disposing of the old roof that all the nails that come off are properly cleaned up from the yard and disposed of. Its a tedious but necessary step and magnets are a roofers best friend. It certainly helps to have the lawn cut before removing an old roof, so the magnets can better reach any nails that may fall in the yard.
Luckily, in Georgia, we don't have very many days where the temperature becomes a challenge for installing a new roof. Therefore it is one of several states where roofing happens all year round, and it is common for roofs to be replaced any time of year.
Storm Damage and Insurance
Insurance companies are obligated to replace your roof for you if it sustains hail damage which causes enough damage to the shingles. Hail knocks off granules from the shingles resulting in exposing the roof to possible leaks. Dr Roof can inspect the roof and let you know if there is enough damage to warrant contacting your insurance company to come and inspect the roof. The insurance company ultimately is the final decider on whether or not they consider it enough hail damage to warrant replacing your roof, but Dr Roof will advocate for you if we believe in our expert opinion that enough damage exists.