Q: How do I spot potential trouble on my roof?
A: There are several warning signs that can lead to potential problems on your roof.
Buckling and Curling Shingles: This is a sign that your shingles have reached the end of their life and are no longer getting the job done. Buckled and curled shingles can also be easily damaged if walked on and indicates that more than likely the whole roof needs replacement.
Rotting Shingles: Usually a sign of old age, rotting shingles suggest roof shingle replacement rather than repair.
Water spots on your ceilings: Water is the enemy of a house because it can cause structural problems, mold, and even provide invitation to various insects looking for a place to live. Water on your ceilings means an immediate roof repair is in order to seal the leaking section of your roof.
Missing Shingles: Shingles that have blown away in a storm provide an opportunity for water to penetrate your roofs decking from where it can get into your house. Depending upon the severity of this problem, you may need a full roof replacement, or you may be able to address the issue with skilled repair work specifically to the affected areas only.
Asphalt shingle granules in the gutters: When your gutter are full of granules, your shingles can no longer do their job of protecting your roof. The granules now in your gutter were important for giving your roof its color, protecting it from the sun, and enhancing its ability to repel water. Significant granule loss is another sign that your roof may need replacement.
Q: What do I need to know when choosing shingles?
A: These are the basic types of shingles.
3- Tab Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt shingles are reinforced with fiberglass or paper and will typically last between 15-25 years. Asphalt shingles usually have 3 sections or ”tabs” per shingle and an overall length of 3’ft. Most have dabs of tar or roofing cement on front to hold down shingle that will lay down on top of it.
Architectural Shingles: The architectural shingles also known as laminated shingles is the new standard in roofing quality. With their extended warranty, wind resistance, affordable cost and high quality, architectural shingles are the leading product in the province.
Architectural shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made. Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass matte base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined water resistance asphalt.
Architectural roofing shingles provide a stunning three dimensional appearance. Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes.
Q: How important is ventilation on my roof? How do I know if my roof is getting the proper ventilation it needs?
A: Roof ventilation is a very important aspect on your roof. Without the proper ventilation, your rooftop cannot get the proper air movement throughout the roof area. Throughout time, your shingles can become curled and distorted and also your roof sheathing can begin to warp and decay which will create leaks. Generally, for every 300 square ft. of roof area, there should be a vent installed to maintain proper air flow in your attic.