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How do I know if I need a new roof?

Different roof types fail at differing rates and with different failure modes. Without going into a long dissertation, the several general failure clues are:

  • Does the roof leak in numerous locations?
  • Do leaks continue, despite repeated repair attempts?
  • Do repairs seem to make leaks worse, or do new leaks develop after repairs?
  • How tolerant is the occupancy to leaks? Low leak tolerance generally means the “failure” decision is reached earlier. It is generally better to re-roof at the appropriate juncture, rather than pouring money and time into ill advised repairs, but there are exceptions.