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The roof covering of the building has reached a point where there is a probability of leakage should the required maintenance not be performed. The likelihood of roof leakage will increase with each passing year.

There is no definite time period when roofing products totally fail. You should undertake to replace your roof covering soon or at a financially convenient time. Should you wish to defer the cost of replacement, we recommend the following roof maintenance or roof "tune-up" procedures. These strategies address the areas where initial signs of leakage usually occur. By maintaining these conditions, you should be able to prolong the life of the roof surface by one or two years.

  • caulk all roof joints and flashing's.
  • damaged or worn shingles should be sealed with tar or replaced.
  • worn valleys or ridges should be repaired with tar or suitably patched.
*The best product available to execute all the above is "plastic roofing                    cement." It is widely available in a caulking tube or in four litre tins.

A purist would insist that all existing roofing materials be removed before applying a new covering. it most certainly is true that all roof coverings will perform better if installed on a flat even surface. However, economic reality may take precedence.  You may install new shingles over the existing only if the aged shingles are not badly curled or clawed.

Removing the existing roofing material, commonly referred to as a "tear-off", 
can almost double the cost. The general rule suggests that installing new 
shingles over the original layer is permissible. When removing existing roof
coverings, you should anticipate having to replace some of the roof deck
boards or sheathing. Most roofers, upon presentation of their estimate, will 
suggest that you set aside a small contingency for some roof sheathing 
Note: Please be aware that a "tear-off" is a messy undertaking. It is a good 
 idea not to have the house painted or perform any fine landscaping 
 prior to the expected roof work. Be on the lookout for stray roofing
nails that may be found around the yard after the work.

  • get at least 3 quotes!
  • select a roofing contractor who is licensed, qualified and can provide you with a list of satisfied customers.
  • call local roofing supply companies and ask the customer service desk if they can recommend experienced, reputable roofers in your area.
  • a leisurely drive through the neighbourhood on a spring day is a sure way to discover many small roofing companies at work.