How to tell a good roofer from a bad one; roof rot

Old 03-07-04, 03:47 PM
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Question How to tell a good roofer from a bad one; roof rot

When I bought my house the inspector said the roof was in good shape and would last "5-6 years". I've now been here almost five years.

I have recently noticed a couple shingles came up, and tar/sandy substance in the gutters from the shingles. Also, there is some wood rot visible under the corners of the roof by the gutters.

So two questions: do I need a new roof? How can I tell a good roofer from a bad one?
Old 03-07-04, 04:03 PM
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The same way you tell any good professional from a bad one.

Get recommendations from friends and neighbors.
Ask for references.
Check the license for complaints or other problems.
Pick one you feel comfortable with.
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Is it the original roof? If it is a second roof, the damaged wood may be from the first roof. Is it leaking now?
Old 03-15-04, 05:24 PM
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It's not the original roof. The house is 40 years old and these are shingles (last around 15 years?). It's possible it is the original wood. It is not leaking into the house that I can tell, just the very corners of the roof are a little rotted.

edit to add: Some tar and granules were showing up in the gutters the last time I cleaned them. I don't see much curling or many missing tiles yet. Maybe a couple blew off the edge.

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