When was the last time you seriously inspected your roof for wear, ensured the seals around vents and chimneys were well sealed, and your attic was dry and free from leaks? If you’re like most Canadians, the answer is not often enough.
According to Buildings.com, performing regular roof inspections with a detailed checklist can lower your overall repair and replacement costs by 45 percent and extend the life of your up to 25 years. Most roofs should be inspected at least twice a year, so what should you look for when performing this crucial preventative measure?
For flat roofs, look objectively at the surface of the flat roof for granular loss, ponding, holes, punctures, or even blisters in the membrane. You also want to check the drains for blockages, and inspect the flashings and membrane seams for signs of wear and tear or corrosion that can cause leaks.
Sloped roofs are typically constructed using asphalt shingles, tiles, slate, or metal. Check asphalt shingles for signs that they are nearing the end of their useful life – granular loss, curling, and bending are signs that the shingles may need to be replaced. Tiles and slates should be smooth, with chips, cracks, or broken tiles inspected and replaced by a professional. Wood shakes and shingles should be inspected for signs of moss, mold, mildew, warping, and buckling, and should also be tested for rot. Metal roofs should be checked for corrosion and loose, bent, or damaged panels, while the seams should be checked for uniformity and water-tightness.
What you are looking for when you inspect your roof are obvious signs of damage, including visible structural deformations, dirt and debris, standing water, and blocked or broken gutters and downspouts. Chimneys, vents, fascia, drip edges, and decking should be inspected for damage, missing components, rust, and rot as this is often where leaks form. If not noticed quickly enough, water can enter your home resulting in potentially expensive repair and replacement costs. This means after you’ve checked outside, check inside to ensure no interior structural damage has occurred.
Any obvious damage to roofing components and those in poor condition should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible by a professional roofing contractor. If your home or business is in need of maintenance, roof repairs, siding, soffits, fascia or eavestroughing, Century Roofing Limited can help. Our qualified technicians personally assess the damage, provide you with a written estimate of the repairs, and complete the repairs efficiently and without delay.
Calgary Roofing Contractors
Whether you’ve noticed problems or simply want to extend your roof’s life, put Century Roofing Limited to work for you. Contact our roofing contractors today online or by phone at 403-235-5457 to schedule a free estimate for your home or business in Calgary.