When Hiring a Local Roofing Contractor
Roofing problems aren't very forgiving when they are evident. Occasionally you're lucky enough to have a roof that lasts 30 years or longer, but in many cases your roof will spring a leak all of a sudden and you're faced with a choice.
In this short article we explain our technique when looking at the roof on someone's house, though it can also guide you even if you do not live in Vancouver, BC. If you decide to call a local roofing specialist over to offer you a quote, keep these points in mind and see if he looks at the same things we do when inspecting the roof.
When inspecting anyone's roof, it's key to work with a combination of the best tools and understanding to identify the trouble area. When we visit your place we perform an in-depth assessment of the roofing tiles, skylights, rain gutters, vent stacks, flashings, siding and windows to spot the exact position of your roof leak. We're going to locate the problem and fix it as fast as possible.
Your Plan of Action
There are a number of things to consider. Is it safe to patch up and manage for a while, or bite the bullet and replace the roof? Repairs may cost you less up front, but it might be a better idea to get a new roof now rather than choose a short term solution. However before you make that choice listed below are a few tips.
Do it yourself Roof Inspection
1. We are based in Delta, where trees tower over lots of homes and it also rains throughout autumn, winter and spring. Due to these circumstances, the build-up of leaves and tree droppings that promote moss and algae growth is common. Once moss or algae take root on your tiles you pretty well have to replace the shingles because scraping it off only will cause extra damage. 2. With time all shingles lose strength and begin to curl or blister from the heat of the sun, and Vancouver will get long, warm, sunny times in summer. These curled shingles are susceptible to wind damage and can allow moisture to travel beneath it, bringing about a drip. The truth is, it is a good idea to examine the roof after any strong winds to verify everything is still in position.
3. Bear in mind to look around for loose or exposed nails. Heavy wind gusts can weaken nails more and more, eventually allowing so much shingle flex that shingles will blow off. Visual checks after wind storms is extremely important.
4. Another sign your roof is due to be fixed is shoddy-looking tiles or uneven edges or missing granules. These signs represent failing of the shingle materials and integrity.
5. Damaged flashing, rust spots, dark patches or dirty places as well as buckling or sagging down the middle of the roof are some signs your roof needs attention.
Indoor Conditions To Look For
The inside inspection is often more difficult, but will give you a good idea what is going on while talking to a local roof repair contractor. Seek out ceiling spots or obvious sagging between rafters. Pinpoint indicators of moisture on your ceilings, or obvious sagging between the rafters. We advise you have us perform an in-depth inspection of your roof if you have done your evaluation.
Pinpointing where exactly a leak comes from is close to impossible for the do-it-yourselfer, therefore you need someone having the skills and right equipment to spot the complicated path water takes from outside to inside. A reliable inspection gives you a much more precise assessment of the damage than you can actually have flying solo. A competent roofer can tell you if a simple roof repair is enough or if replacing your roof completely is the better best option.
As a family run business, Your Home Services Group, has been serving Metro Vancouver since 1970. Over the last four decades, Your Home Services Group Ltd. has developed into one of the best roofers in the GVRD Your Home Services Group 408 East Kent Avenue South Vancouver, BC V5X 2X7 (604) 259-0011 gutter cleaning