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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Roofs

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Roofs
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Your house is the most precious possession that you own. It takes years of hard work to be able to build or buy your own house, and that is why every detail in your home should be well thought out and carefully crafted – so that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it will last you for years and years to come. Of the many important details that you need to consider when building, buying, or renovating a home, no aspect is as important as the roof. A quality roof affects so much more than just whether or not rain is leaking into your home: it protects the rest of your foundation, framing, walls, and material goods from decomposition; it is the difference between good and poor ventilation; it can save you money in heating or air-conditioning; and if you have a flat roof it can provide you with additional outdoor space to enjoy on a sunny day.

It follows, therefore, that your roof is an investment you should not take into consideration lightly and that you should do everything within your power to ensure your investment is well maintained and in good condition. Professional Roofers, a roofing company that works out of the greater Toronto area, recommend homeowners conduct frequent visual inspections of their homes. It’s incredibly easy to look at your roof and check for damage, yet it is something many homeowners neglect to do on a regular basis. The roofers at will often encounter roofing problems that could have easily been avoided or been much smaller had the homeowner chosen to inspect their roof on a regularly.

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You should be inspecting your roof at a minimum semi-annually and after every severe storm: be it a snowstorm, hail storm, windstorm, or summer rainstorm. No matter the type of storm, take a moment to visually inspect your roof after the severe weather has passed and it is safe to do so. If your house has a steep sloping roof, then you might want to inspect it from the ground with binoculars, or from a ladder propped up against your home. If it has a low-grade slope and it is safe to walk on it, you might be better off inspecting it on foot. Whatever method you decide is best and the safest, you’ll want to look for anything that is out of place. Shingles that may have been lifted up or off, broken shingles, frayed or curling shingles, discolouration, delamination on a flat roof, plant growth, flashing from your chimney that has started to pull away, water pooling, sagging, clogged or broken gutters, excess debris – these are all examples of things that have either already damaged your roof or could damage it.

With the exception of excess debris (which you might be able to easily remove and clear yourself), if you notice any of these problems your next step should be to call a qualified roofer for a second opinion on the damage and whether it is a small or easy fix. The best roofing companies will provide you with a free consultation and estimate on the damage to your roof and explain to you what needs to be done. Don’t let a couple hundred dollars worth of damage turn into a couple thousand – inspect your roof regularly and call a professional roofer for help if you notice any issues with your roof.


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