Where the guarantee topic gets tricky is when we talk about roof repairs. Regardless of the type, slope or age of roof – NO ROOFER CAN CONFIDENTLY GUARANTEE TO ABSOLUTELY STOP A LEAK. It is just the nature of the beast. I can be very positive and secure in that I have found a cause of the leak but what we don’t know is, if what we found is the only deficiency contributing to the leak. Many times there is more than one contributor to a leak. With concrete tile roofs, a leak can be as simple as a broken water channel on one single tile. Unfortunately the water channel is hidden by the adjacent tile so you can’t easily see or find the cause of the leak unless you remove and inspect each and every tile. With tar and gravel roofs the leak will most always be hidden under the topcoat covering of gravel so it is not identifiable until the rocks get scraped off the roof surface (called spudding) and the split or deficiency exposed. Add to this the complication that water will travel from the point of entry on the roof to where you see the evidence inside the building and you have a challenge with variables that are not in your control.
With repairs, the results or end product of the patch efforts Crucial Roof Services does are unconditionally guaranteed. The patches, or my leak finding efforts, will not cause a further leak. The patches are applied properly and will stand up to both time and weather. But we will not know if the leak is resolved until it gets further tested by Mother Nature.
So the answer to the question is – NOT ALWAYS. It is not imperative to be there to show me the leak, monitor the work or even pay the bill. It’s bad enough the roof is leaking. I don’t want you to lose a day’s wages because of it.
I regularly check 3 weather websites (one with Doppler view) and I watch evening/morning news forecasts if time or luck permits. The forecast changes every 12 hours so it’s not in my best interest to make plans with that. Honestly, I can’t even fully trust the forecast predicted the night before because it changes so quickly. I plan my day and route every morning – and guess what? – That changes too. I currently have a couple clients in dire need of my services and they have been patiently waiting in line. These clients have seniority. However, their jobs may require full days and a strong probability for dryness throughout the day. Perhaps your job only requires a couple hours of dryness.
This is the world I get to play in. So when I get the question of “when?” the answer is derived through a combination of variables. Weather – Seniority – Degree of urgency – Job time estimation – Geographic location – Man power requirements – just to name some of the primary factors. Soooooooo, the answer to that question is… I don’t know exactly when 🙂
Everything I say with regards to scheduling is speculative.
I know I work 6 long days a week and do lots of work. My family experiences that too. I don’t think I want to do another small job in or at the end of a day if it takes me away from the family dinner table or time with my young kids. My day work is always followed with evenings in front of the computer doing e-mails and other clerical work until at least 10pm. I truly am committed to my work because I realize my family depends on the income it brings and I genuinely enjoy helping people.
I have achieved my standing and reputation in the industry because of this work ethic, my abilities and the complete service package I deliver. My clients are life-long. So I hope and trust my valued and respected customers understand my position and the answer of “I don’t know when but it’ll be as quickly as I can”.
Pan flashing maintenance has no exact or predetermined schedule. It’s dependant on several factors. The primary factor is typically being the surrounding tree amount and how much they drop on the roof. A roof with little or no tall trees, to “shed” on the roof, will not need as often maintenance as that which is surrounded by deciduous trees. The other strong factor is the age of tiles. The newer the tile roof the bigger chance that the factory applied top-side sealant is still existent. Although the primary purpose of the sealant is not to prevent moss from growing or to reduce erosion effects (it’s actually to prevent calcium or efflorescence from leaching through to the top layer and direct this chalky calcium “bleed” to the underside of the tile where it is not visible) we find that the older the tile is the faster the erosion occurs. The “cementious” wash-off you collect in your aluminum eaves troughs will start to increase exponentially. It will also collect in the pan flashings.