Keep your family and your home safe this winter by checking up on your roof.
Some of the signs that your roof is in need of repair can actually be found inside your house. They may be evident in the major rooms of your home, or you may have to pay a trip to the attic to check. House Logic advises that you look for ceiling stains, damp spots or darkening along fireplaces, water stains on pipes that vent the water heater or furnace, as well as peeling paint or wallpaper. If you come across any of these signs, seek out a professional assessment.
It is recommended that you inspect your roof one to two times a year. This will ensure that if anything is going wrong, you catch it sooner rather than later. CVH Roofing recommends looking for signs of shingles that have changed shape. This could come in the form of buckling (a vertical wave in the shingle), curling (the corners of the shingle curl upward) or clawing (the corners curl downward). Also check your gutters for the sand-like granules that coat shingles, as their shedding could lead to UV damage and eventual leakage. Loose, damaged or missing shingles should be replaced immediately. Large amounts of moss or lichen are also bad signs, as the roof could be severely deteriorating underneath. Keep an eye out for shingles that are blistering or rotting as well. And most important, always make sure you inspect the roof from a safe position. One way to do this is by walking around your house with a pair of binoculars.
Once you've inspected your roof, you may find you aren't in need of a new one. Excellent! But that doesn't mean your job is over. Getting a new roof is expensive, so you want to keep the one you have intact for as long as possible. House Logic recommends trimming overhanging branches that come close to your roof. This will help reduce the number of animals, such as squirrels or chipmunks, that can wind up on your roof. It will also decrease buildup of falling leaves. If you have a slanted roof or a chimney that tends to collect leaves, make sure to remove them regularly so they don't have the opportunity to decompose and create moisture. Also remove any moss with a killing spray, and clear out your gutters while you're at it. In the winter months, removing ice dams is also key.
If you think your roof needs to be redone, check out the Canadian Roofing Contractors' Association to find a registered company in your area. And don't feel as though you have to settle on the first one you meet with. Getting a few quotes and hearing what a different professionals have to say will ensure you make the best decision for you and your home.
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