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Q. How do I know if my roof has problems?
A. In most cases, roofing problems are discovered after damage has occurred from a leak. However, not all leaks produce visible damage immediately. Some leaks can occur for up to a year before showing any signs of damage. To avoid this hidden problem, have your roof inspected at least every five years by a qualified contractor. You may see excessive granules running down the downspout, shingles in the lawn, or excessive curling and cupping of the shingles on the roof.

Q. How can a homeowner prevent roofing problems?
A. Once-a-year inspections can discover 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 problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.

Q. If my roof leaks, will I need to have it totally replaced?
A. In some cases, no. Leaking can occur because some flashings have come loose or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, on the other hand, is generally irreversible and occurs from improper installation, choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof system that is inappropriate for the home or building.

Q. Can I just do the work myself?
A. Most roofing work should not be a do-it-yourself project. Professional roofing contractors are trained to repair or replace a roof safely and efficiently. Do-it-yourselfers can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques and can harm themselves by falling through or even off a roof.