I have been on roofs more than once doing repairs on all sorts of roof leak issues from faulty workmanship alone.
So here are a few rules of thumb to follow.Please use some common sense to start.
Hire the Right Roofer! Never ever go with a low bidder. You will get into trouble most of the time if you do. I know that that low price seems logical in an economy like our economy is today, but that could blow up in your face in repairs or just having to start from scratch to re roof what you have already paid for once.
Price is not as good as over all value. You will do well over all if you to do the research to find out more than enough information about roofing installation and you will also find some plain terrible horror stories if you search deep enough on the internet.
A great resource is to search out the GAF / ELK website and look at some of the installation videos that were produced by CARE or (The Center For The Advancement of Roofing Excellence). There are many ways to show you how to avoid hassles and make the safest choice when replacing your roof on the website.
Now for those of you that have older roofs that have performed good, you have to ask yourself how old is my roof first. If the Answer is over 8 years then it is time to consider a good roof maintenance plan for your home or building.
If you have a shingle roof then you need to be looking for pipe flashing failures of the neoprene grommet. The Grommet usually will split and the basic rubber gasket will allow water to run down your pipe and drip into the insulation onto the sheetrock.
This will cause an unsightly stain and if you have a high ceiling you will have to repaint on a very difficult level. I know if you are like me then you want to avoid the extra work. So make sure that you spend the money on a roof maintenance service provider. It should average around $ 400.00 for any reputable licensed and fully insured company to come out to do the work.
Avoid door knockers who offer gutter cleaning services and roof repairs. These guys are usually fly by night and could create more bad than good on your roof. Think of it like this, what does my roof protect? My belongings, family and my Home. So if you follow some good ole common sense you'll be in a way better position later on. This is a great way to prevent your roof from leaking.