Homeowners can get stuck in a rut when maintaining a house. Paint jobs can be done, siding installed, and a garden planted, but one of the main features of the house will stay the same until its usefulness has diminished to the point of no return. The lifespan of your home’s roof can last for decades, which means that unless you have money to burn, the likelihood of a roof replacement for purely aesthetic reasons is far from likely.
If your house does require a full roof replacement, however, look on the bright side. The need for a total roof replacement gives a homeowner the chance to take a discerning look at the overall appearance of the house and decide what works and what doesn’t from an aesthetic standpoint. If you love the charcoal grey siding accented by fresh white trim but know it doesn’t work well with the faded, Read Full Article »
Spring has sprung and summer’s not far behind. In an area like the Lower Mainland, it’s the perfect time of year to consider what might need doing on the home front, including taking total stock of the condition of your home’s roof.
The onset of good weather brings out the industrious spring cleaning and home improvement urge in all of us, and in Vancouver, that means a much-needed break from the drizzle and downpour of fall and winter for some good project opportunities. Here on the coast, it’s smart to take advantage of the dry days available to have a comprehensive roof check carried out by a trusted professional.
The sooner the better, so that if work needs to be done, your house won’t be last on a busy seasonal schedule.
The warning signs of a failing roof can be both obvious and subtle, and it takes a trained eye to make a proper assessment. Having a professional check of your roof could mean the difference between a spot repair and a complete overhaul.
Pros Know the Score between Roof Repair and Replacement
Residential roofs are not invincible and like pretty much everything in this climate, are constantly deteriorating. Rain and wind beat on shingles and flashing and Read Full Article »
Roof ventilation is a tricky subject but it is very important to consider when doing a roof replacement.
What is Roof Ventilation?
In a nutshell, roofing ventilation means allowing air to flow into and out of your attic area. The ultimate goal is to have the temperature of your attic to be as close to the temperature outside as possible.
Some people get the idea that you should insulate your attic and keep it sealed up. This is incorrect. You want your home to be sealed and insulated, but your attic should have nice open airflow at all times.
This allows hot air to escape in the summer, keeping the attic cooler. And in the winter it keeps the roof surface cold.
The reason you want the roof cold in the winter is that if the roof is warm, when it snows, the snow on the roof melts, and then freezes again when it gets Read Full Article »
A Little Knowledge Can Save You Money
While there is no substitute for the opinion of an experienced professional, having a little knowledge about what to look for will help you make an informed choice about what action to take.
No one can predict exactly when a roof will start to fail and leak, but there are signs you can look for that show it’s time to start thinking about replacement:
Missing Granules from the Asphalt
Missing granules: viewed from the ground this looks like dark patches (or lighter patches if the shingles are black). What you are looking at are patches on the shingles where the granules have fallen off.You will also notice large amounts of granules in the gutters when you clean them. The granules themselves are not responsible for waterproofing so if they are missing you won’t necessarily get leaks, but the granules protect the asphalt in the shingle from being damaged by the UV rays of the sun. So once they go, the shingles will wear out faster. Read Full Article »