How can a home owner recognize when a roof has problems?
All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic inspections can often uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
After filing the insurance claim, what is the homeowner’s financial responsibility?
The homeowner is legally responsible for paying their deductible. Should their deductible be very high, Olson Roofing offers a variety of financial plans to assist them and keep their new roof installation process moving forward.
What roofing options are available today?
Roofing options are plentiful today with new products, styles, and colors being developed regularly. For the most up-to-date roofing colors, roofing styles and roofing products, schedule a free inspection and consultation.
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged. A complete roof failure, however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation or choice of materials or the roof installation is inappropriate for the home or building.
Can I do the work myself?
Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace your roof. You could damage your roof by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof. Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof yourself, we recommend using a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof), if possible.
How long can I expect my new roof to last?
Most new roofs are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roof types, such as composite, slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g., copper) systems, can last longer. Actual roof life spans are determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof design, material quality and suitability, proper application and adequate roof maintenance. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.