Your roof is your first line of defence. It protects your home and family from the elements, it drains water away, helps to ventilate the air, and provides insulation to retain heat in the winter while cooling your home in the summer. But as important as it is, it’s still one of the most neglected areas of the home. Considering the cost of replacing one, it’s essential that every homeowner knows the most common issues with roofing and what is required to keep it in tip-top condition.
A poorly installed roof can lead to a whole slew of problems. Even if you purchase the best materials on the market, a poor installation can leave you susceptible to water leaks, falling shingles and failing gutters. If you don’t want to spend money replacing a newly installed roof, be sure to hire a professional roofing company with a reputation you can trust.
The Canadian elements can do a real number on your roof. Excess moisture can get under the shingles and lead to roof leaks, and snow and debris can damage the shingles which can lead to more water damage in your attic and home. To prevent roof leaks, homeowners should have their roof inspected every year for any signs of wear and tear.
Flashing that’s improperly installed or gets rusted and loose around the chimney, skylight, and vent pipes can mean trouble for your roof. Flashings are designed to prevent water from infiltrating your attic. Fortunately, these can be easily repaired once a problem has been spotted.
Your shingles will naturally deteriorate over time, but in many cases, improper installation, defective products, improper nailing and flashing applications will also cause them to split, blister, stain, curl and even blow off unexpectedly. This is why it’s important for homeowners to do a circle check of their roof every season to look for any damaged or missing shingles. If any problems are found, a roofing expert should be called in to repair it.
Squirrels, rats, wasps, bats, raccoons and birds love the warmth of a cozy, dry roof. If they can find a way in, they will. So don’t forget to put in place all the measures possible to keep them out. This often includes filling any holes or gaps between shingles and flashings, placing screens over the chimney and roof vents, and setting traps if necessary. A roofing company can take care of all these prevention tactics for you to help keep your home free of uninvited visitors.
When it comes to your roof, you want to make sure that you hire the best company to install and repair it. Our team at Roofmaster will handle all of your roofing needs, from inspections to installation to repair and maintenance. We’ll keep your home safe and ensure it’s done right the first time. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer.