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What to Know About Roof Repair and Maintenance – Our Guide

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If you have been dealing with an ongoing leaky roof problem, it’s crucial for you to figure out the source of the problem so that it can be fixed before it worsens. Roof leaks can be rather difficult to figure out. However, once you do diagnose the issue and find the source of the problem, your life will become a lot easier.

Why do I need to fix roof leaks?

The first thing that you need to know is that a leak might not be solely due to your roof itself. Leaks can also be a result of wall penetration, poor cladding, poor glazing, and other factors. There are plenty of reasons that could result in a leak in your roof. No matter what the leak was caused by, however, it’s crucial for you to identify it and avoid having it escalate into mold issues and roof deterioration. Although it may cost you quite a bit of money to fix a roof leak or to have your roof inspected properly, fixing a problem early on will cost but a fraction of what you would otherwise have to pay if it escalated into something worse.

In the case of an emergency roof leak

If your roof is leaking badly to the point where it is visible from the inside of your home, you will need to call a service for emergency repairs. Most of the time, such a leak is due to a lack of proper maintenance. If you had kept your home’s roof properly maintained, you would have been informed about roof problems early on when the inspector came for the yearly checkup and addressed the issue before it escalated into something bigger. If you have yet to have to request emergency roof repair services, count yourself lucky and continue to be proactive. If you have gone through an emergency repair, one time should be enough. From this point on, make sure to have scheduled maintenance checks to ensure the safety of your roof and avoid surprise emergencies like this one.

Here are a few things that you will have to do when dealing with a leaking roof:

// Ask your manufacturer about your roof warranty

Before trying to do anything by yourself, make sure that your roof is covered under warranty. If it is, you can call your manufacturer, who should already be providing coverage, which includes maintenance checks and repairs. This is important to know because having an unauthorized contractor work on your roof can put your existing warranty in jeopardy.

// Keep as much moisture out as possible

Moisture is the main cause for damage in roofs, whether commercial or residential. This is why you want to make sure your contractor knows how to best keep moisture out from seeping into your roof. There are many different choices of materials and methods to water-proofing your roof and shingles. You want to make sure your roofer gives you options, while also explaining it to you in a way that you can understand, even if you don’t know anything about roofs.

// Check out your insulation

You might already know to maintain your roof, but you may not have checked whether your insulation needs to be replaced. Wet insulation can lead to quite a few issues in your home, so be sure that your roof inspector checks the layer under your roof for any issues as well.

// Be proactive about maintenance

Maintenance is a great way to make sure that you avoid these issues from happening so that you won’t need to pay more for it in the future. It is truly important that you see maintenance as a preventative method as well as an investment to avoid having to pay for larger issues later on. Custom Contracting is a family-owned company that provides roofing, siding, custom window and door installation, and eavestrough contractor services in and around Burlington and Hamilton Ontario – get in touch today to see how we can help!

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Roofing • Siding • Windows & Doors • Eavestroughs
169–1235 Fairview St., Burlington, ON L7S 2K9. Canada