New Year, New Roof
Here are 5 Signs it’s Time for New Roof
Add peace of mind to your new year’s resolution list and welcome in 2023 with a new roof! The best way to keep your property and family safe is to ensure your roof is well-maintained and properly taken care of. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to spot roof and property damages, but we have created a list of what to look out for. Even minor damages can lead to costly future repairs, so it’s best to watch out for the signs before it gets more serious. Here are 5 signs that your roof needs to be replaced:
Your Shingles are Missing, Cracked or the Edges are Curled
Damaged shingles are never a good sign. Your shingles act as the first layer of protection for your roof, if they are damaged, it can jeopardize the safety of your property. Look out for missing shingles, strong winds and storms can often blow these off your roof if they were not installed properly. Talk to your local Calgary roofer if you are missing shingles. If you have one or two missing shingles a full roof replacement is not necessary, your roofer might suggest a repair instead. However, if you notice most of your shingles are cracked or the edges have begun to curl, this is a sign you need to replace your roof. If you have asphalt shingles it is very common for them to curl and crack when they start to reach the end of their lifespan. Talk to your Calgary roofing professional about different types of roofing material and what is best for your property. At Dedicated Roofing and Exteriors, our roofing specialists specialize in metal roofing, shingle roofing, slate composite roofs and cedar shake replacements.
It’s Been Over 20 Years
In Calgary, the most common type of roof uses asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofs have an average lifespan of 20-25 years. If your records show your roof has reached its 20–25-year mark it’s time to get it replaced. Replacing your roof also allows you to locate any serious issues that may have formed underneath your shingles as your overlays typically have a shorter lifespan when compared to shingles.
There is A Lot of Moss Build Up
If you see moss on your roof, it shouldn’t be a massive concern as moss can be scraped off. However, if a thick layer forms on your roof and it has been there a while this can be troubling. Moss often grows on areas of your roof with little to no sunlight. The main issue with moss is it holds moisture. That accumulation over time mixed with Calgary’s freezing temperatures can cause damage to the granules on your shingles. If you do see moss forming, it’s best to call your local Calgary roofing company, they can access the damage and recommend if you need your roof replaced or if a simple cleaning will solve the problem.
You See Granules in your Eavestrough and Around your Property
When you examine your shingles, you will notice the top layer is coated in granules, it has a similar texture and appearance to sandpaper. These granules protect the shingle against UV rays and the elements. Without this outer layer, the sun will damage your shingle, causing it to curl. These granules are essential to the longevity of your property. Over time, strong winds, rains and snowstorms can loosen these granules, causing them to fall off. If you noticed these granules in your eavestrough or blown around your property, it’s a sign you need to replace your shingles.
You Have Roof Leaks and Signs of Water Damage
This is the most obvious sign you need your roof replaced or repaired. If you have noticed stains on your walls or ceiling or any wet spots this indicates you have a roof leak. If you suspect your roof is leaking it’s best to contact your local Calgary roofer as the location of the leak is hard to find, sometimes the issue can be a few feet from where you see the discolouration or wet spot. Roof leaks can lead to more serious problems over time like mold, wood rot, and pests. It’s best to get the issue resolved as soon as possible if you do see signs of a leak. Depending on the severity of the leak, your roofer might suggest a repair over a replacement. It’s hard to determine the main issue without an inspection.
January means it is the off-season for most Calgary roofing companies, which means it’s the ideal time to schedule a roof inspection or roof replacement! During this time, you will typically experience lower costs, better availability and more flexible scheduling. Start your year off right, and protect your property from more costly damages. Schedule a roof inspection or replacement with the experts at Dedicated Roofing and Exteriors, call us at (403) 923-0000 or book online and get a free estimate!