New Roof or a Roof Repair? How Do I Know?

The rains came. There’s more on the way. And you heard the dreaded drip, drip… Now you need to know if you need a new roof or a roof repair? You know you can’t just climb up on the roof and check for yourself. You first need to find a reputable roofer. Either ask friends and relatives, check Angie’s List and YELP or do a Google search, check for reviews. Ideally you do all of that AND find a local roofing supply company and ask them for a referral.

A reputable roofer has a lot of experience – seeing various leaks, over, and over, and over again.  But even then, they see something new every day.  First, they are looking the obvious signs of water entry.  This might be water stains on the ceiling or sediment under shingles in places it should not be – this indicates water entry or rusty nails heads underneath, etc.

Sometimes it is obvious what is causing the leak. Sometimes they will look and cannot immediately figure out what is the source of the problem.  It can take destructive testing (tearing open the roof) in order to find out where the leak is.

On a shingle roof, there are signs to tell a good roof from a bad one, some are that the shingle lines are not straight but wavy and sometimes you can actually see exposed nail heads.

New Roof or a Roof Repair
New Roof or a Roof Repair?

On a flat roof, it may look “too clean” – where the rolls overlap there should be black lines, unless they covered them with extra white granules.

You should be able to get a free roofing estimate. Call a professional roofer and have them check your roof so you know if you need a new roof or a roof repair. If you call J and J, there should be no charge, and no obligation.

Los Angeles roofer, J and J Roofing, also servicing all areas including Burbank, Encino, Northridge, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Los Feliz and Silverlake for all roofing needs.