Maintain Residential Roof is often your most significant investment so it will pay you dividends by giving it some due or needed attention. Even if it’s a relatively new roof and especially so if it is an older roof, and you’ll need to pay attention to it like all things, including roofs, will require general maintenance, periodically. A professional inspection and assessment are recommended every five years. Although available in traditional style design, these shingles are most commonly purchased and installed as a laminate style of shingle and marketed by manufacturers as 50-year warranty shingles. All North American manufactures stopped producing organic mat type shingles in around 2008 due to premature material failure. This cost manufactures collectively, hundreds of millions of dollars in warranty claims, and class action lawsuits. Thus, they have all switched production to the longer-lasting, more durable fibreglass mat variety.
When Should I Inspect My Roof?
Stage 1: There is no one answer for how often you should have your roofing professionally inspected as it depends on a few things like:
- The age of your roofing
- The quality of craft and professionalism undertaken
- When it was last installed
- Materials used, including associated accessory items like vents, flashings, caulking etc
Stage 2: As a homeowner, you can visually inspect your roof periodically for:
- Missing tiles
- Loose flashings
- Animal damage.
Squirrels and raccoons are the most common pests that look to gain entry into your warm cozy attic and will chew and tear away roofing, roof vents, and aluminum soffits, to gain entry. A pair of binoculars will be most helpful in doing visual inspections yourself.
Stage 2 : What to look for Roofing Damage
- Missing shingles
- Loose or lifted flashings
- Worn shingles
- Granule loss
- Buckling shingles
- Excessive shingle granules in your eavestrough
Suppose you notice one or more of these things happening to your roofing. In that case, it’s time to call a professional roofing company who can adequately assess the overall condition of your residential roof and suggest a tune-up with a minor repair or a complete roof replacement. Inspections and repair maintenance is key to keeping your residential roof in proper condition, keeping your home free from water infiltration and dangerous mould. For new roofs, a homeowner should do visual roofing inspections twice a year, in spring and fall, to coincide with eaves trough cleanings and as well, after any severe weather or summer storms.
Burlington Roofing Company would suggests professional inspection and tune-up every five years to ensure:
- Flashings are tight
- Shingles are intact and wearing evenly
- Sufficient ventilation
- No animal damage and to
- Address any deterioration of caulking adhesives.
Consider : Tops Roofing Company on Roof Caulking
Roof caulking is used to seal flashings around chimneys and walls and often requires a periodic touch up as anything exposed to sunlight. Harmful ultraviolet light will deteriorate over time. When it comes to caulking adhesives, there are outstanding ones, that although much more expensive, will better stand the test of time, and of course, lower grade cheap caulking that will dry, crack and deteriorate much sooner. Most people never pay attention to small details like caulking. Superior roof caulking is recommended. Tops Roofing Co., which is located in Burlington, Ontario, only uses a premium brand, Supra thermoplastic sealant.
It’s an extremely durable thermoplastic architectural sealing compound. It dries by solvent evaporation and is a top-quality professional thermoplastic rubber-based sealant made by Mulco. Super flexible, super adherent, and super durable, it adheres to almost any surface and can stretch up to 1400% without breaking.
Over ten years old roofing, you first need to determine what type of shingles/roofing were installed. Suppose your roofing/shingles were an organic mat type shingle. In that case, you’ll need to pay particular attention to your residential roof. It may need replacing sooner than later as all 25-year organic shingle products began to fail in around the eleven to the fourteen-year range. If you have this type of roofing shingles installed, you should be inclined to have it professionally assessed immediately. If the assessment is fair to good condition, Tops Roofing Company would recommend an annual fall inspection as this type of roofing material is extremely prone to damage by:
- The sun
- Ultraviolet light
Although it may be if fair condition upon inspection, it can deteriorate quickly throughout summer heat and higher UV exposures. Shingle products that are fiberglass mat are much more durable and less prone to premature wear or deterioration from sun and UV light, thus will need less attention.
CASRAverage Cost of Shingle Roof Inspection
The average cost of a roof inspection and minor tune-up as needed will typically run between 350.00 to 600.00 depending on the amount of work involved.
Since 1986 Brian Brunet has been the proud owner of Tops Roofing Company in Burlington, Ontario. With over 40 years of roofing experience for residential and commercial projects, Tops Roofing Co. understands your roofing needs. Our reputation in the roofing industry is impeccable, and our knowledge is vast.