Roofing maintenance is a great value-adding service for any Calgary AB homeowner because it saves you so much money from heavy-duty roof repairs. In fact, it’s an excellent deterrent against premature roof replacement. However, it can be difficult to know when to have roofing maintenance. While experienced roofers in Calgary AB highly recommend a regular twice-yearly checkup, homeowners might be dealing with greater signs than they earlier anticipated.
As the seasons change, the changing temperatures have different effects on your roof. For example, metal roofs expand during hot temperatures and contract during colder ones. A poorly-installed screw can get loose. In fact, the metal roof screw rubber washers might fall out of place during this time. These may be small problems, but a dislocated metal roof screw can mean serious trouble when roof leaks start letting water entering your home.
However, do you always need to wait until you’re suffering from roofing problems before calling roofing services? According to AllState Roofing, here are four important signs you need a roof inspection.
Telltale Signs You Need Roof Maintenance
Your roof won’t last forever – even though you may wish it would. Typically, a shingle roof will only last about 15 to 20 years. Sometimes, you can get a few more years out of it with quality materials and consistent maintenance. If you have a tile roof in Phoenix, you can expect it to last a couple of decades longer, but you’ll still be looking at an expiration date.
You shouldn’t just look at your roof’s age to know that it’s time to replace it. You may be getting more time out of it with your consistent care. Instead, you should look at these four telltale signs to know that you may need a new roof – and that you need a roof inspection at a minimum:
Curling or Missing Shingles
One of the signs that your Phoenix shingle roof is aging is that some of the individual shingles start to curl up around the edges or that they have fallen off the roof completely (or been blown off). To check for this safely, you should get a pair of binoculars to look over your roof from the ground. You can also see that there are missing shingles if you there is exposed black asphalt, which is used on the roofing underlayment.
If you see any of these signs, you should call a local Phoenix roofer right away. You need a professional to investigate what’s going on so you know if you need to consider re-roofing or if you just need to make simple roof repair. (Continued)
The next question you have in mind is: can I DIY my roof maintenance? This question has a difficult answer — you can, but you’ll never be 100% sure about the small micro-maintenance repairs you’ve developed. Professional roofers use different roofing tests and examinations to make sure they nail every aspect that is easy to miss.
For example, it’s particularly easy to lose track of asphalt shingles with micro-cracks. Roofers often take a second or third look to identify these issues. Sometimes, they can use stress tests to reveal the hidden problems on roofs that eyes can’t see.
If you’re greatly interested in performing DIY roofing maintenance, Sears Home Services has an excellent and detailed post below. Read more about them here.
How To Conduct Residential Roofing Maintenance
The roof protects you and your home from all kinds of weather, bugs, animals and falling debris. Yet we rarely think about the roof until it’s too late — and then it can be a big investment.
Since your roof can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance, here are some things you can do to help extend the life of your home’s roof.
Roof Maintenance Tips
- Twice a year (spring and fall) do a visual, from-the-ground inspection.
- Look for these problem areas.
- Lifting or missing shingles
- Damaged drip edge
- Buckling, loose or missing flashing
- Missing or exposed fasteners
- Sagging or broken gutters
- Piles of granules
- Clean the gutters.
Call in an expert to clean your gutters a few times a year — and especially before a big storm. Otherwise, water can back up and rot the fascia.
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Remember, if you’re having problems with your roof, it’s best to call a professional for help. If you have yet to find one in Calgary AB, you can count on No Payne Roofing’s team of talented and exceptional roofers. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!