Chances are that by the time you realize you need a roofer, your building has already been compromised by a water leak. When a roof starts to leak, the water itself is rarely visible until it has made its way through the ceiling. You may know you need a new roof just because your roof is past its life expectancy. Either way, a roofing project is something you don’t want to put off until it’s too late.
Common Roofing Problems
When severe weather such as high winds, heavy snow, or hail strikes an area, there are sure to be plenty of roofing company trucks shortly afterward. The roof receives more weather exposure than any of the other components on a building and therefore has the highest risk of weather damage. The most common reason to call a roofer in Orland Park is the damage that severe weather can cause, necessitating roof repairs or replacement. Another common roofing problem is that the roof is past its service life and is in need of replacement.
How Long Should a Roof Last?
Roofs are designed to last because they have heavy exposure to the elements. Wind and sun, rain and hail, and snow all take a toll on roofing materials such as shingles, slashing, and gutters. Wood shake and common fiber or asphalt shingle roofs last between 20 and 30 years, with wood shake being on the high side of that. Higher-performance roofs that are made of tiles or slate can last more than 50 years and metal roofs can last just as long. One factor that affects the lifespan of a roof is maintenance or the lack thereof.
Qualities of a Good Roofer
What should you look for in a good Orland Park roofer? The number one indicator is a history of exceptional customer satisfaction in both the short term (recent customers) and the long term (10 years or longer). Additional considerations include the extent of the guarantee that the roofer offers on workmanship and the warranty offered on the roofing materials. Make sure your roofer will stand behind his or her workmanship for five years or longer and offers a 30-year or longer manufacturer warranty on the materials.