Does your Roof look like this?
If your house is typical, its roof is covered with asphalt shingles, which may need to be replaced every 15 or 20 years. Temperature extremes and sunlight can crack, curl, and split the shingles. Rain and sleet wear them down. Wind tears them. Furthermore, improperly installed or inadequate flashing or poor ventilation can lead to premature leaks.
When you finally get a new roof, you want it to last. But according to the 1995 Consumer Reports Annual Questionnaire, 12% of readers who had their roof replaced within the previous five years reported leaks. Although roofing jobs, as a group, were rated higher than most services, we found that 8% were dissatisfied and 15% only fairly well satisfied with the overall job. Such numbers emphasize the need to choose your roofer carefully.