In most cases, roof repair can be completed on any type of existing roof. Identifying the root cause of the issue is in many instances the most difficult piece of the equation.
Once the root cause has been determined a plan can be put in place to make the necessary corrective actions. However, many contractors and homeowners make the mistake of stopping a leak with a quick fix that may only last for a little while, instead of taking into account the other contributing factors that may lead to future problems.
Most homeowners only identify roofing problems as leaks. While this is the easiest of the problems to identify, it is not the only thing to keep in mind.
Here are some examples of other roof related issues:
Cracked or broken shingled/tiles
Missing or loose flashing
Improper flashing installation
Improperly vented bath/kitchen fan vents
Buckled or cracked wood decking
Mold on the under side of the roof surface
Loose or missing mortar
A few other things to consider:
The Current Condition of the Roof: Is the problem confined to one or two areas or is the entire roof system jeopardized?
The Current Age: How much longer wills the rest of roof last? If the existing roof is past its useful life, it may not be wise to invest in costly repairs.
If the roof is older, can the repaired area be salvaged at the time of full roof replacement?
How will a repair impact the appearance of my house? Do they still make
the same style and color of my current product?
Warranty Impact: Does my current roof have a warranty? And if so, will a repair have any negative impact against future claims?