In regards to home maintenance, we often think about proper lawn and garden care, keeping a clean interior, or reducing moisture in the bathroom. But in terms of taking care of our property, conducting proper roof maintenance and repairs should be right up at the top of the list. Doing so will save you money, increase the value of your house, and extend roof life. Maintaining this invisible part of your home can be complicated and you probably have plenty you want to know. Here are 4 common questions we get asked all the time:
How do I prevent ceiling leaks?
When preventing leaks, regular inspections are an absolute must. Sometimes, we don’t even know that we have a leak until it’s too late and water damage has already occurred. And what does water damage mean? Mold! You definitely don’t want this. Have you already discovered a drip? If it’s caught early enough, the first step is to find out where the leak is coming from and oftentimes, the quick fix is to replace the shingles or re-caulk the area. However, in times like these, it’s usually best to call upon a professional in case more severe water damage has occurred or more extensive work is required.
I’m installing a new roof. What materials should I get?
The most common roofing type in Calgary consists of asphalt shingles because it’s usually the most economical option. Consumers appreciate the resistance to harsh weather plus, they’re usually customizable to our personal style (meaning you can choose unique colours and shapes). Plus, asphalt typically lasts up to 40-45 years. However, metal roofs are becoming increasingly more common amongst homeowners because of the waterproof underlay, exceptional durability, ability to shed water and snow and of course, the long lifespan. Ultimately, the decision is up to you and your preference. We’d be happy to talk to you about the different options available to you between asphalt, metal, rubber and tile!
How do I know when it’s time for a replacement?
There are plenty of ways to tell when it’s time to replace your roof. One of the most obvious indications is the age itself. If your shelter is over 25 years old, we would recommend replacing it as the average life-span is 20-25 years. Also, if you notice curling or missing shingles, a bounce while walking on top, daylight coming through your attic ceiling, or chimney flashing that has cement or tar, these are all sure-fire signs that a new roof might be in order.
Can I do my own installation?
Conducting a DIY roof installation is technically possible, but it’s also very risky, especially if you don’t have the experience or expertise to handle such an important project. Your roof is a huge investment which means if it’s installed incorrectly, you could end up facing expensive consequences later. When it comes to home improvement projects, big jobs such as these are better left to the experts. We’d be happy and willing to talk to you about all of your roofing questions. And when you need professional installation, our certified journeyman will provide you with a long-lasting product that’s durable, reliable and energy-efficient, all while increasing your home’s value. Need a quality roofer in Calgary? Contact us today for a free-estimate!