A 100%, zero-leak, and forever leak-proof roof is a myth. While roofing manufacturers continue to prolong and enhance their roofing material lifespans and update their installation methods, leaks can still happen at any time due to unforeseen variables. Here are three fact-based reasons why 100% leak-proof roofs don’t exist yet.
All Materials Wear Out Over Time
Asphalt shingles, clay and slate tiles, and metal roofs can provide the best roofing possible. However, even with their top-notch properties and capabilities, they can suffer from normal aging bringing about wear and tear. The older your roofing material, the more wear and tear it has. In this light, it will have a higher risk of roof leaks.
Maintenance Can Only Do So Much
Roofing maintenance can extend your roof’s lifespan and ensure it delivers consistent roofing protection. A roof’s primary goal is to ensure zero water damage for an estimated amount of time. However, roofing manufacturers and roofing professionals from Calgary AB cannot ensure zero water damage beyond the approximate time.
A New Roof Will Always Give Good Peace of Mind
Replacing an aging roof is a huge financial commitment. However, it will always give you the best peace of mind. A new roof guarantees zero leaks, especially when qualified and certified roofers, such as No Payne Roofing, do it for you.
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Detecting Roof Leaks
The first and most important step in keeping your roof leak-free is determining if there is actually a leak (or suspected leak). In some cases, you’ll run across signs during home repairs or upon casual inspection. In other cases, the signs might be a bit more obscure. Take some time occasionally to visit portions of your home which are less used, such as the attic, to check for any signs of a problem. You will also want to keep an eye on places where there have been leaks previously, as these spots are more likely to develop new leaks over time.
Easily-Detected Signs of a Roof Leak
The most common sign of leaks are water marks or stains on your ceiling or running down a wall. You can casually check for these signs when washing your walls or dusting corners, and they’ll usually appear to be slightly darker rings or resemble the wax drips on candles, depending upon their location.
Another detectable sign is through smell. Leaking roofs will cause rot and mold around their location. Therefore, if there’s a musty or rotting odor in your attic or some other area directly beneath or connected to a roof, it is a good idea to inspect the location more carefully.
Examine the inside of your roof for any roofing nails which missed the support and are exposed. In cold weather, these nail shafts (often referred to as “shiners”) will attract condensation, turning them a frosty white. When the temperature increases again, the frost liquefies and drips. This is not an actual leak, although it has similar effects. Simply cut the nail with some pliers to eliminate the problem. (Continued)
If you have yet to find a reliable roofer, you can always count on No Payne Roofing to install your Certainteed asphalt shingle roof. With certification from a reputable brand, you can always trust our level of roofing service. Contact us today!