Roof Maintenance Plans For Your Home
So, your newly installed roof should last you about 20 years, right? Wrong, without proper maintenance an average life of a shingled roof in the GTA is 12-15 years. Much like a car, roofs need continuous maintenance. At Roof Maintenance.ca we recommend regular inspections and repair to avoid costly, unexpected problems in the future. Small, ongoing costs save large expenditures and headaches later. Roof Maintenance.ca maintenance expertise is such that you can be assured of saving money.
We recommend you should visually inspect your roof twice a year, normally in the spring and fall. This can help bring potential problems to your attention. Checking the condition of shingles may help prevent leaks. Cracked, missing, curled, or frayed edges can allow water to reach the underlayment. If left untreated, loose flashing around vents and chimneys may lead to potential leaks. Your gutters should be kept clean and free of debris to assist drainage and to help prevent ice damming. If landscaping shades your home, your roof may be susceptible to algae and moss growth. Trimming your trees often increases the air and light, discouraging the algae growth.
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Although some roof systems take less maintenance than others, Roofmaintenance.ca recommends that you inspect your roof at least once a year after winter.
Prevention is Better Than Repair
On every roof there are extremely sensitive places prone to roof leaks. Water can penetrate even the smallest gaps, and thus expose any errors committed by your previous roofing crew. Common errors include:
- Installing on decks too low sloped. Although the majority of residential roofs are steep, it is very common to find areas with little or no inclination. If the roof has no slope, a contractor needs to create one. If the roof has a low slope, make sure you use the correct materials to prevent major water infiltrations. When shingles are not an option, understand how to use low-slope materials, such as SBS cold application, TPO, etc.
- No drip edge. The lack or incorrect installation of this component can cause serious problems, including premature damage to the deck and fascia, general roof aesthetic issues, an opening for animals and/or insects to enter the attic, and more. Make sure you cover the perimeter with a metal drip edge.
- Starter problems The absence or incorrect installation of the starter can bring about many aesthetic problems in the eaves and rakes, allowing for water infiltration in each shingle close to the eave. It's very important to understand and use the correct starter for each shingle.
- No leak barrier. The installation of the leak barrier is necessary since it provides extra protection in vulnerable areas or places with perforations due to nails or fasteners. The parts of the roof in which we recommend the installation of leak barriers are valleys, vertical walls, accessories, eaves, chimneys, and skylights, but it could vary depending on the region of the country in which you live.
- Nailing problems. When an installer does not know the amount of fasteners needed per shingle or their placement on the shingle, it can cause catastrophic problems. We find mistakes in the form of exposed nails (AKA shiners) and underdriven, overdriven, and high nails.
For more information on roof maintenance, contact a Roof Maintenance.ca specialist.