Your house is your most precious possession, the one where you build so many memories, but also the one into which you inject the most money!
Often neglected because it’s hard to access or invisible, the roof is nevertheless one of your house’s major expense items. It must offer optimal protection in order to prevent even more complicated inconveniences. Are you wondering whether it’s time to renovate it or even completely replace it? Here’s how to spot the signs that will help you make the right choice.
Not every roofing problem (waterproofing, insulation, damaged roofing) necessarily requires a full renovation.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: inspect your roof!
When it comes to roof repairs, it’s always best to tackle a problem in its early stages rather than waiting for it to get worse. And to do that, a complete regular inspection, ideally twice a year, will let you anticipate, detect, and handle the symptoms at a lower cost.
Inspect the condition of your shingles
If shingles are missing, collapsing, warping, or swelling, it’s a sign that your roof needs some attention. It’s exposed to rain, which can then penetrate your attic and seep into the walls.
If you have asphalt shingles, check the condition of the granules that are stuck to them. In effect, over time and due to bad weather, they tend to get detached, leaving the roof without protection while gradually clogging the channels.
In this case, a repair is often possible. Choose a trusted professional who offers you the best intervention, as soon as possible, to repair your roof.
Moss and lichen
If dark lines are appearing on your roof or green areas are developing, you have to take action, since, over time, these fungi, moss, or algae will break down the coating of your roof.
There are products that can be sprayed to slow this phenomenon.
Climb up to the attic and check that the lumber isn’t wet, or even moist. If you have mold, stains on the walls, or peeling wallpaper, your roof definitely has a leak. In this case, it will need more than a simple repair, or more serious damage could occur and the structure of your property could be impacted.
How old is your roof?
In Canada’s harsh weather conditions, a roof has a shelf life of around 15 years, but this varies greatly depending on the type of roof, your region, and the quality of the installation and the maintenance. Get informed about your situation.
Be aware that, after 10 years, it’s already very fragile and requires special attention. Even an old roof in good condition may have to be replaced, since this is more worthwhile than starting repairs that will only be temporary.
Compare your bills
If your electricity rates are going up, if it feels like the air conditioning isn’t cooling down your house in the summer, or if you have condensation or even ice in your attic in the winter, look no further for the cause. Your roof has a hole in it! In this case, you should renovate it completely and have the frame checked beforehand to make sure it’s in good condition.
Whatever the case, don’t wait to act. Renovating your roof can sometimes even be a profitable investment: it will improve the appearance of your property, it can be a good opportunity to reinforce the insulation, and, finally, it can even be a good time to add more rooms to the attic. Why not?
SmartReno can help you find the right contractor for your Roofing project