Roof Repair or Replacement

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Posted by: from Scarborough
10/7/2011 at 11:05:16 AM

I am having problems with a 13 year old roof which should have been good for 25 years.

Is there anything to do other than replacing it? The roof caps are cracking and there

are a number of small holes where the attic is visible, but no leaking . The valleys were covered with the ice and watershield membrame and roofing felt which is deteroriated. Some of the shingles have started to curl up as well.

If I go with a new roof which is best for underlay asphalt-saturated felt underlayment

or tar paper sheathing or someting else?

Are metal covered valleys better than roofing felt?

Is a metal drip edge a good idea?

I have got a number of different opinions, most from people who want the work.

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Date/Time10/23/2011 at 9:19:30 AM

Good morning Bonnie,

Aluminum flashing for valleys is the route I would take, wouldn't hurt to put ice shield under it.

13 years on a 25 year roof is pretty ridiculous. In a perfect world 25 year shingles are good for around 20. Greatly depends on weather.

Aluminum drip edge is an excellent idea as well.

Get a few quotes and make sure to check references, or give the Better Business Bureau a call, they should have a list of good companies in your area.

As far as underlay, ask your local building supply for the latest product.

Make sure the contractor ROOFER strips the old roof down to plywood prior to installing new roofing material.

Hope this helps.


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