Let’s picture this… You have just purchased your first home, and have moved in with your family, and everything is going fantastic. Until it rains, and you realize your roof has a leak and it’s dripping water right into your master bedroom. Your freshly painted ceiling now has water stains, and your King size bed needs to be moved out of the bedroom until the leak is fixed.
If you think this could never happen to you, well, you might want to reconsider. A study from the NAHB association, shows that the life of a roof depends on local weather conditions, proper building and design, material quality, and adequate maintenance. Apparently, slate roofing, copper roofing, and clay or concrete roofs have the longest life expectancy (not surprisingly – over 50 years), but they are expensive roofing types. However, most commonly, roofs are made of asphalt shingles, which, if of good quality and properly maintained, can last for about 20 years. On the other hand, roofs made of fiber cement shingles have a life expectancy of about 25 years, and roofs made of wood shakes can be expected to last for about 30 years. Expected lifetimes of these roofs vary depending on your geographical location, and we know far too well how harsh the Canadian climate can be and the heavy toll it takes on structures such as roofing of a Canadian home.
While the studies indicate the expected lifetime of a roof, you have likely notice there’s mention of proper maintenance in order to keep the roofing in good condition so that it can actually last those many years.
Without proper roofing maintenance, and associated repairs, your roof will likely have to be replaced far earlier than those estimates.
But how can you do maintenance on a roof? How can it be maintained?
Here are some roofing maintenance tips for the home owner that we believe can be helpful in trying to keep your roof in top conditions throughout its lifespan.
It’s roofing inspection time:
- It’s very important that you check your roof every other season. Good seasons to check the status of a roof are spring and fall, and while you do the roofing inspection, it is also a good opportunity to clean the gutters of the house to prepare for the inevitable seasonal rains and snowy winters.
- You should look for any damaged or missing shingles, or any other signs of damage such as wear and tear. It is quite economical to replace one or two shingles that are damaged, and you can also hire experts such as Thunder Bay Roofing to do the replacement of the damaged shingles for you at a very reasonable cost.
- The other thing you should look for are signs of algae or fungus. A sign of this could be the accumulation of moss or algae on the roof. You will need to install zinc or lead control strips to help with that. If you are unsure on how this is done and you live in the Thunder Bay area, contact Thunder Bay Roofing and we would be glad to help you.
- On roofs, there are metal areas. Check them for rust. If you notice rust on the metal parts of your roof, use a wire brush to dust away the rust. Once the rust is gone, you should prime and paint the metal to avoid that the rust re-settles into the metal. A roofing contractor such as Thunder Bay Roofing would be able to do this for you.
Depending on your level of knowledge of roofing parts, you can also do the following:
- Carefully check out the roof flashing to ensure it is solid. If is not solid, simply remove the old caulk and after that make sure to clean the area, scrubbing it, before resealing.
- You can also take a look and see if there is any need to seal any cracked mortar or caulking around joints, paying careful attention around chimneys. If it seems to be in poor conditions, seal it up.
So now you know, that if you see any signs of leaking in your home, such as like spots on the ceiling that could indicate water stains, or even unjustifiable mold in your attic, you should consider taking a closer look at the conditions of your roof before it is too late.
If your home is located in or around Thunder Bay, Ontario, and you wish to have a qualified Thunder Bay roofing contractor come to your home to inspect your roof condition, feel free to contact Thunder Bay Roofing today.