Homeowner Matt Cairns checked out his finished attic after a hard rain and noticed water stains around the skylight.
Matt Cairns, Homeowner: "I was able to just stick my fingers right through the drywall. Then I knew I needed to get some attention on this pretty quickly.”
Justin Vorbroker, Universal Roofing and Exteriors: “Regularly scheduled maintenance is very important on a roof. General roof lifespan can be 25 to 30 years. But you need to get someone out there every 5 years or so just to make sure your roof is okay, you’re not missing any shingles you didn’t notice or your not having extra granule loss.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “In a roof inspection you should look for four common problems on your roof. Curling shingles, broken shingles, missing flashing, and areas where water may be pooling on your roof.”
Avoid settling on the first contractor who comes along and offers to do the job.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Keep in mind when hiring a roofing contractor you want to have a reputable company, someone who is going to stand behind it. Your roof will last a long time so you don’t want someone working on it who is not going to be able to stand behind their work, so if you find after a storm someone coming door-to-door say no. Go do your research and hire a company on your own.”
Matt Cairns, Homeowner: "I brought out another contractor and he actually got up on the roof, he didn’t want to just look at the skylight, he wanted to look at the entire roof.”
No part plays a bigger role in keeping the elements out, so when a roof requires a repair, there’s little time to waste.
Angie’s List tips:
Roof leaks can lead to structural problems or mold
Some granule loss is normal
Common roof problems: Curling or broken shingles, missing flashing, and areas where water pools
Check Angie’s List for local reviews on roofers