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Roofing Maintenance and Repair in Regina
Many people don’t pay attention to their roof until a leak becomes apparent. However, like other compnents of your house or building, the roof requires continual maintenance in order to prevent leaks, to identify minor problems before they significant and costly and to maximize the length of time before you need to replace the roof. Here, we provide some frequently asked questions and practical information on how to maintain your roof.
1. Why must my roof be maintained?
Regular inspection and maintenance of your roof is necessary to reduce the probability of premature leaks and aging. Roofs are exposed to sunlight, rain, snow, hail, wind and temperature change that gradually degrade the roofing shingles and other roofing materials. Eventually, all roofs will require a full replacement. However, with the proper care and maintenance, the service life of the roof can be maximized.
Given proper attention, roofing systems generally have what is referred to as an expected “useful life.” The roof should not leak during this time period if designed, constructed and maintained properly. After this time, the roof system may provide additional years of service, but leaks should eventually be expected, with increasing frequency and severity. And, as previously mentioned, it will eventually require replacement.
Unexpected maintenance and repairs may be necessary to fix damage to a roof caused by a severe weather conditions such as wind or hail storms.
Providing proper maintenance and identifying potential problems before roof failures occur will reduce the likelihood of costly damage. If a leak occurs and goes undetected, the result could be damage to the building structure and/or interior finishes
2. How do I maintain my roof?
A roof requires continuous inspection and maintenance – performed by a professional inspector or contractor, as it requires specialized knowledge, training, equipment, and safety requirements. Homeowners might identify maintenance concerns or potential problems that have resulted in damage to interior ceilings or walls. However, thorough inspections and maintenance should be conducted by qualified professionals who:
• are familiar with the roofing system on your building
• Know how to identify various potential problems
• Know the necessary safety precautions to take while performing an inspection or maintenance.
3. How frequently should my roof be inspected and maintained?
Roofs should be inspected twice each year:
• Once in the spring, to assess any damage that may have occurred over the winter
• Once the fall, to prepare for winter weather conditions
In addition, a roof should be inspected after any storm having high winds, heavy rain or hail, or if construction has been performed in the vicinity of the roof area. The inspection should also consider the underside of the roof structure (attic) as well as the exterior of the building as these areas may also identify other potential roof problems.
4. Who should I contact for roofing services and roof repairs?
A professional roofing consultant or contractor should be hired to review the condition of the roof, carry out an inspection, and carry out any maintenance required. Roof-Cat Roofing employs qualified professionals possessing the necessary tools and knowledge to identify potential locations where leakage is occurring or might occur in the future.
Developing a Roofing Maintenance Plan
A roof inspection and detailed maintenance plan should be made specific for your home or building.
Checklist of Common Roof Inspection and Maintenance Items
|Splitting, ridging or blistering of the shingles or membranes||Typically caused by stress, which can occur throughout the roof area. May be an indication of aging. May be more evident in either cold or hot weather.|
|Missing granules on asphalt shingles||May be caused by excessive wear and aging, foot traffic, wind scouring, scouring caused by tree branches. Lack of granular cover reduces the expected service life of the roof as well as it’s appearance.|
|Curled, broken, cracked or missing shingles, shakes or tiles||Repair the damaged areas immediately. Curling may indicate that the shingles have reached the end of their life expectancy.|
|Excessive moss or algae growth||Organic material retains moisture, which may lead to premature wear of shingles or shakes.|
|Foreign objects on the roof.||Should be removed before they cause a puncture in the roofing material.|
|Missing or damaged flashings, eaves troughs, downspouts, caulking/sealant||Items should be repaired or replaced immediately in order to avoid damage to other building components such as walls.|
|Standing water||Typically the result of blockage or poorly located roof components. This water will accelerate the degradation of the roofing materials and may infiltrate the building envelope.|
|Overflowing or backed up eaves troughs and downspouts||Debris in eaves troughs and downspouts can prevent proper water drainage and may result in water backing up and overflowing against adjacent building walls.|
|Staining or damage on ceiling or walls inside the home||Act immediately upon evidence of staining on an interior drywall ceiling. This typically appears as a yellow or brown stain and could be an indication that moisture is leaking from the roof above.|
|Black staining or rotten wood within the attic.||A possible indication of obstructed attic ventilation or moist air leaking from home interior into the attic space. This requires detailed investigation as this can result in significant damage to the roof structure over time.|
Replacing your Roof
At some point, maintenance and repairs will no longer be useful or cost-effective to prevent leaks. At that time, a full roof replacement will be necessary. Roofs need to be replaced to avoid the possibility of a complete failure and avoid costly interior repairs resulting from water infiltration. Life expectancies of roofs generally range from 15 to 35 years, depending on the roof design, weather exposure, materials used, and construction. A qualified roofing contractor can identify the type of roofing system, its condition, and its expected remaining life.
Action Plan Tips
- Roofs should be inspected twice each year (spring and fall) as well as after extreme weather conditions involving high wind, extreme rain, or hail. All roofs should undergo regular inspection and maintenance.
- Hire a professional roofing inspector or roofing contractor to perform inspection, maintenance and repairs.
With proper care and maintenance, the service life of a roof can be maximized. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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