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Warning Signs

Know how to spot the warning signs of a deteriorated roof.

There are many warning signs that are not easily detected until it is too late. Don’t wait for the perils of nature to strike, like windstorms, wind-driven rain, and brush fires, to find out you have roof problems.

Interior Check List:

  • Check in your attic for dark water stains on your rafters and insulation.
  • Examine interior ceilings and walls for stains.
  • A leaking or deteriorating roof can be a major contributor to high energy costs.

Exterior Check List:

  • Look for missing shingles and cracked tiles.
  • Wood shake roofs will warp and have larger than normal gaps.
  • Asphalt shingle roofs will have bare spots where granules are missing.
  • Sags in the roofline mean possible structural problems.
  • Check for leaves and debris in your gutters and down spouts.
  • Dirty and dark areas on the roof can indicate the growing of moss and fungus.
  • Paint that is blistering or peeling could mean you have ventilation problems.


During the rainy season, wood shake roofs absorb a lot of water that allows the wood to expand. When the heat of summer arrives the wood roofs will dry and shrinking, thin become very loose, allowing the high winds to blow them off causing the underlayment to deteriorate which is your waterproofing system. In most cases, if left unattended the useful life expectancy is two months.

If your roof shows any of these warning signs, then it is time for a new roof. 


  1. Plan your project carefully.
  2. Shop around before hiring a contractor.
  3. When requesting bids, provide all contractors with accurate plans or drawings that will enable them to determine the scope and cost of work.
  4. Check with the Contractors State License Board to make sure the contractor is properly licensed, and to check the status and disciplinary history of the license.
  5. Look at work the contractor has completed.
  6. Ask your contractor to furnish a completion or contract bond.
  7. Consult with more than one lending institution regarding the type of loan to obtain.
  8. Ask your lender to recommend a funding-control company.
  9. Make sure your contract provides for a “retention,” a percentage of each payment or of the total job, ordinarily 10 percent, which you retain until the job is completed.
  10. Make sure everything you and your contractor have agreed to is included in your contract, and don’t sign anything until you understand and agree with all terms.
  11. Ask your contractor about inconveniences that may occur, and plan accordingly.
  12. Keep a job file.
  13. Make sure you receive unconditional lien releases from subcontractors and material suppliers.
  14. Make frequent inspections of the work, including a final walk-through.

Do Not

  1. DO NOT hire an unlicensed contractor.
  2. DO NOT sign anything until you completely understand it and agree to the terms
  3. DO NOT make agreements with subcontractors or workers without consulting the prime contractor.
  4. DO NOT pay cash without a proper receipt.
  5. DO NOT let your payments get ahead of the contractor’s completed work.
  6. DO NOT hesitate to ask questions of the contractor.

Defective Ridge Cap

Do you have defective ridge caps? Chances are you still have life left in your roofing shingles. You don’t need a new roof yet. Get the maxium life out of your roofing shingles by replacing your ridge caps. We can easily replace your ridge cap matching the color of your shingles.