Just because you’ve stopped a leak doesn’t mean that you’ve fixed the roof. The issue being, how do you know if the roofer will slop down any sealant, compatible or not, to try and stop the leak? Or will the roofer fix the leak properly, applying the correct materials based on the type of roof you have so that the roof returns to original condition and continues in good shape.
This is not a roofing lesson. It’s information for arming yourself with insider knowledge so you know that the roofer you hire will stop the leak in such a manner that you bring the roof back to original condition, and it continues in good shape.
How to fix a leak right the first time, in 4 easy steps:
1. Ask if the roofer has experience in your building’s type of roof membrane.
2. Confirm that the roofer has this experience by finding out if he’s an approved applicator of the roofing material, which can be verified by a letter from a manufacturer of this type of material that the roofer can supply.
3. Get written confirmation that the roofer is going to stop the leak in such a manner that it brings the roof back to original condition, versus a temporary type of repair.
4. Ask the roofer to submit photos of the finished repair. If you have questions about the photos, call the roofer and ask him to explain.
Back in the late ‘70s, we had around four types of roofs. Now we have hundreds. That’s why our roofing professionals provide advice about suitable products and application methods for a specific type of roof, and inspect a roof to determine whether additional repairs are needed. Because if a leak is stopped improperly, odds are that the improper leak fix is going to fail prematurely — and that means a permanent repair will be more costly. That’s why clients count on A-1 Roofing to fix it right the first time.