When you wake up after a particularly hard rainfall, the last thing you want to hear is the dripping sound of water leaking into a room from your roof. A roof is an often overlooked component of your home’s structure, even as it’s one of the most important aspects. A good roof keeps Vancouver’s famous rain from getting in and damaging the interior of your home.
Replacing a roof is a major expense that, of course, no one wants to shell out money for. Thankfully, if you maintain your roof and get regular inspections it is something you shouldn’t have to more than once or maybe twice in a lifetime.
Depending on the type of roof, it can last anywhere between 30 to 70 years and is easily replaced if well maintained, but a roof that’s been neglected can lead to finding a lot of new problems with your home. When you put off roof repairs, they continue to get worse and deteriorate over time to the point that you’re forced to purchase a new roof far sooner than you should.
Unfortunately, most people don’t think about a roof until it’s too late and in need or a repair. We’ve put together somethings you should know about roof repair so when those leaks do occur, you know what to do.
Don’t Ignore Small Problems
We all tend to procrastinate but it’s important not to ignore small leaks, rot or mold. These issues will only get bigger (and more expensive) over time. As we’ve previously stated, it often doesn’t take a lot for those small problems to balloon into bigger ones and become full-blown emergencies.
When a homeowner only sees a small leak, what he or she may fail to realize is that the problem is rarely limited to just that leak. Moisture damage and rot can cause water to leak into the walls and floorboards causing major damage. Water can also damage your home’s insulation and electrical systems, not only causing structural issues but even fire hazards.
Knowing When It is Time For a Roof Check
You should always know how old your roof is. If you didn’t replace it yourself, try and track down the previous owner or real estate agent and ask him or her when they last redid the roof. Next, you should figure out when it should be replaced and budget accordingly. For example, asphalt shingle roofs last between 20-25 years while metal ones last up to 40-60 years on average. If your roof is somewhere in between, it’s the best time to do some checking so you can plan ahead.
Repair or Replace Your Roof?
When a homeowner spots a leak, they will have to figure out if they can simply repair the roof or if it needs to be completely replaced. Of course, with any roof issues, there usually needs to be a big problem for it to be worth while to rip it up in its entity. To answer this question you’ll need to ask a reputable roofer with years of experience. Don’t try and figure out how much damage is done by yourself. Without experience, you most likely won’t be able to get to the root of the problem.
If you’re considering selling your home, you’ll really want to put some effort into fixing your roof. The condition of your roof is one of the first questions a potential homebuyer is going to ask, and it gives them a really good bargaining chip to lower the price. An old, neglected roof is very apparent to any real estate agent and will likely use it to his or her advantage.
Inspection of Other Areas
After checking inside and outside of your home, you will need someone to look closer into other areas of your roofing system. We advice you to call an experienced roofing contractor like Cambie Roofing for a comprehensive inspection. Cambie Roofing will inspect the gutters, drains. And remove any debris. Next the roofing contractor will inspected the seals to see if the water goes to the drain.
The next areas to inspect are the flashings, roof edges, terminations, and expansion and control joints. As a trusted roofing contractor, we are aware that problems are likely to be found in these areas. There should not be any cracks or splits. At Cambie Roofing, we will also look for split, cracked, or broken shingles.
The Importance of Roof Repairs
We understand that roof repair can be a pain and isn’t something that you can do yourself. And of all the maintenance work that a homeowner has to do, home roof repair is one of the most important but also the least thought about. Nobody likes to think about it. However, a well-maintained roof will keep your family safe and dry.
If you are in need of a local roof contractor or just need some help figuring out the best way to maintain your roof, give us a call. It can be a challenge for a homeowner to stay on top of everything they need to, but this is why we should do regular checkups so you don’t have to think about it. Contact Cambie Roofing today for a free inspection.