The slapstick comedy routine with the homeowner using numerous pots and pans to collect water from incessant drips belongs only in cartoons. A necessary roof repair or re-roofing job put off for too long can be far from funny when wet weather leaks destroy property or endanger health. A knowledgeable Vancouver roofer is aware of the need to use as many of the year’s dry days as possible to prevent their clients from suffering through one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares.
Ask a Vancouver Roofer: How Long Can I Expect My Roof to Last?
Each roofing material is definitely different. Whether you have cedar shakes or shingles, asphalt, slate, steel, copper or aluminum, every roofing material has its own viable time limits. This is also variable, depending on how well the material was originally installed, how well it has been cared for in the meantime, and what sorts of stresses it has undergone over the years.
If you know when the roof was originally put down, you can anticipate issues as you approach and pass its expected life. Shake or shingle roofs last from 14-20-30 years. For asphalt shingles it is 20-30 years, but the best case scenarios will certainly vary in duration. Your best bet is to have a reliable Vancouver roofer come and do a thorough inspection of your roof and its overall condition.
When Do I Need a New Roof?
If a qualified Vancouver roofer completes an inspection of your roof and finds any of the following, it may be time to look at roof replacement or repair.
- Broken, missing or damaged tiles, shakes or composition material.
- Weathered composition roofing. This can be evident in materials that are curled, humped up or frayed, or in areas that are missing the granular coating.
- Presence of moss, debris, rust on metal and other non-optimum conditions may have accelerated roof deterioration and failure.
- Unusual patterns of illness in occupants. Moisture where it should not be can result in unhealthy mold growth.
- Staining patterns on ceilings, walls and other interior areas, or on the exterior of the house.
- Attic areas with staining, leaks and mold growth.
- Water puddles, drips and outright leaks found inside the house.
What Can I Do to Prevent Roof Problems?
Maintenance: Improper maintenance and cleaning can result in accelerated deterioration and leaks not directly due to roof failure. Debris, snow and ice allowed to build up around areas conjoining the roof and its flashing can direct runoff to areas not initially protected by the roof or the flashing strategy.
Professional inspection and consultation: If you can’t find it yourself, but suspect a leak, bring in a pro. If you have found a leak or some related condition, a reputable Vancouver roofer can advise on the best route to take regarding repair or replacement.
Prudent job scheduling: Some roofing jobs can be done in wet and snowy weather, but the safest ones are timed for optimum working conditions when the roof can be safely stripped and replaced without danger of incurring fresh water damage. Your roofing professional can advise if a temporary repair is necessary or you can go ahead and do a complete replacement right away, despite weather concerns.
As a renovator Doug did many rot repairs which gave him a good understanding of where and why buildings leak, and how to prevent it. He realized the need for a different approach to roofing; one that educated the customer enough to make good decisions. With better trained installers and a quality inspection process Absolute Roof Solutions was born…” Read more.
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