The roof over our head protects those we love and our belongings from the elements. However, when issues begin developing there is cause for concern. Even minor issues can be costly. In addition, the potential for water damage in the home means that action should be taken sooner rather than later. While there is a lot of worry, there is surprisingly little factual and useful advice on roofs online. With that in mind, we provide for you now frequently asked questions about residential roofing. With any luck, one of the questions below will solve your roofing problem.
My Roof Is Leaking! What Does This Mean?
When the roof begins to leak, many people assume that the entire roof will have to be replaced. While this may be true if you are passed the replacement date as determined by the material you chose for your roof, it may also mean that you have localized damage that can be replaced with little cost. Call an Ottawa roofing company to come out to your home and provide a free estimate of the work needed. Don’t be afraid to shop around for quotes, but remember you aren’t looking for the cheapest price, you’re looking for the best service that will protect the integrity of your roof going forward.
Why Can’t I Do This Work Myself?
Good question. For many, roofing work is just another form of DIY home maintenance. However, even the most hardcore DIY type will admit that there are certain things that should not be done without professional training or assistance. Plumbing and electrical are two popular examples. In addition, roofing is a third example of something that the average homeowner should never do on their own. The reason why professionals are called in is because improper work and mistakes will do significant damage and cause you to replace it far sooner. Along with potentially voiding the manufacturer’s warranty by doing it themselves, it is not worth the safety risk.
Do You Really Have To Tear Up And Replace? What About Re-Roofing Over?
A common question, many people are hoping that their residential roofer will be able to nail the shingles over the existing shingles to prevent things like leaking. This is not recommended because the tiles have to lay as flat as possible to stop water from getting in. Roofing shingles add weight to the roof, which makes having two different layers of roofing material practically impossible for the sake of structural integrity. Before you agree to work with any roofing company, make sure they are planning to do things the right way, not just the fastest or cheapest.
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