Calgary Roofing, Roof Repair

Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your Roof? 

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7 Things To Look For

1. Roof age

How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most roofing professionals agree that a typical roof will last between 20 to 25 years depending on where you live. Due to the harsh weather in Calgary, we are usually looking at 18-20 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you are in need of a new roof.

2. Shingles curling and buckling

Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Contact us to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.

3. Roof valleys

If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.

4. Missing shingles

These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle are intact. If you are finding shingles on your lawn after a big storm, its a good chance the rest of your roof is failing.

5. Chimney flashing

You might need to actually get a certified roofer to check this part out for you, as we never recommend residents climb on their own roofs due to safety! If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

6. Shingle granules in the gutters

Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistant or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.

7. Daylight through the roof boards

You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.

One thought on “Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your Roof? 

  1. Checking your gutters for granules is a smart idea for homeowners that have textured shingles. My mom is doing spring cleaning and I saw some granules mixed in with her leaves. I will suggest that she heads over to a roofing company to replace the shingles.

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