The “How” and “Why” Of Roofing

how does roof work

Roof installation and roof repair in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, and Stoney Creek has long been our claim to fame at Same Day Roofing. As a result of being your first call for roofing services for over 15 years, all of us at Same Day Roofing get a number of different questions from homeowners of all ages. One of the most common questions we get from new homeowners is “how exactly does my roof work”?

While the question may seem basic on its face, it is never too late to learn the intricacies of your roof and its functionality. After all, how often do you consider the different elements that work together to create your roof? Before we look at the “how” of that question, we should really underline the basics of what your roof does. A roof is the top of your home, so you can think of it as a covering. As a covering, your roof seals you from the elements. Your roof keeps warm air from escaping in the colder months, prevents humid air from interfering with your air conditioning in the hotter months, and seals your home from precipitation and detritus that may be blowing around outside (Autumn leaves, for example).

That covers the “why” of the roof. The “how” of your roof can be explained not by any individual element, but the different pieces of your roof creating a cycle of protection and ventilation. Think of your roof less as an object and more of a series of elements that make up a “roofing system”. The elements that make up your roofing system are: Sheathing is a series of panels that create your roof’s base layer, typically made of plywood or oriented strand board. Shingles are added in an interlocking pattern and for weatherproofing and insulation. Metal Flashing secures your roof’s chimney, vents, piping, and valleys for additional protection. Lastly, Soffits provide venting so that the inside of your home is always comfortable regardless of the weather outside.

Do you have questions about the foundation of your roof and how it works? Are you in need of roof repairs or installation? Same Day Roofing is your first call for roofing, new roofs, roofing repair, roofing installation in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster and Stoney Creek. Call us at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate.

Spotting Trouble

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At Same Day Roofing, we pride ourselves on offering solutions to all issues that may require roof reparation, replacement, or just some helpful advice in the Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and surrounding areas. In our previous blog post, we covered ventilation issues that might make your home a bit “stuffy” and humid. Moving away from ventilation and vent pipes, we now turn our attention to other types of common problems associated with the shift in warmer weather.

With that in mind, you should ask yourselves this question: Have you checked your roof lately?

There are plenty of reasons to avoid a personal roof inspection during the Winter, so it is understandable if it has been a while since you or a seasoned professional has examined your roof and made sure it was in proper working order. If your shingles are all accounted for with no missing ones and they are not cupping or curving in an unusual shape, it might be easy to overlook one major roofing issue. Namely, the appearance of small dark spots on your roof.

If your shingles are showing spots, this is the result of algae growing and spreading across your roof. So, what do you do about it? First, don’t worry. This is a common occurrence that can happen to any homeowner. If they have not had algae-resistant shingles installed on their roof. Also, you will want to avoid washing off the shingles with a powerful hose, as that might blast off the granules of your shingles. A homeowner’s best bet is to install plastic strips near the ridge of the roof. These zinc strips are a noted algae-killer by releasing a fungicide when hit with precipitation.

Do you have questions about the durability or lifespan of your roof?Are you seeing spots? Maybe your roof left you feeling compromised as it approaches 20 or 25 years in service to your home? You can always call Same Day Roofing at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on roof replacement or any potential repairs. Remember, Same Day Roofing offers roof repairs and installations in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas. We are here to help any time you call us.

Keeping Cool In Your Home

Roof Ventilation

Spring is here and Summer is around the corner. With that comes a remarkable upswing in temperatures and humidity. This return to warm weather, for many homeowners, could not arrive soon enough. However, as the temperature increases, there are new roofing issues for any homeowner to consider.

Yet, as things warm up, some find that their houses still remain too warm even with the air conditioner cranked up on high? Why is this? Don’t let the humidity catch you by surprise. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your house does not get overheated. It might be a roofing issue. Before we rule that out, these are a few helpful tips

First, you are going to want to examine your exhaust fans and make sure they are properly ventilated. Next, make sure the vent pipes are correctly installed to reduce build-ups of heat in the attic. Remember, the more heat there is in the attic, the more heat there is in your home. With more heat getting trapped in your home, air won’t circulate properly and you won’t get the most out of your air conditioner. As a result, your home will always be warm and “stuffy”.

Another vent pipe issue: if incorrectly installed, moisture could get trapped in your attic. You will know your vent pipes are having an issue based on the unusual presence of moisture and extreme heat in your attic, which can result in mold in extreme cases. You can repair this issue by rerouting your ducts or vent pipes.

Are you building a new home in Hamilton? Installing a new roof in Oakville? Need replacement gutters in Burlington? No problem! These are among the variety of issues Same Day Roofing lends a professional touch to each and every call we receive. Do you have an issue? We can help! Roof replacement, roof repairs…you name it and we can solve all of your roofing issues for you. Give us a call at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on any roofing job.

3 Types Of Shingles That Make For A Great Roof

There is no greater pride for a homeowner than in choosing and committing to the material you want for your home. Your home is your world, so it is natural to want to pick the right elements to construct all aspects of your home. Whether you are choosing the make of your doors, your siding, your gutters, your windows, your attic, or your shingles…ALL of it matters.

Yes, even something as seemingly small as the shingles on your roof can make a world of difference for your roof. Specifically, this week we will be looking at types of shingles and their durability. So, as we break down the different types of shingles to potentially be used for a new home’s roof or a replacement roof, you will get a sense of what might be best for the needs of your home.

  1. Asphalt: A popular and low-cost shingle known to last without replacement for an average of twenty years. With regular maintenance, asphalt shingles can last as long as forty or fifty years. One of the most cost effective shingles on the market, making it good for both your home and your wallet.

  2. Slate: Striking to look at, but quite expensive, slate shingles give your roof a regal quality. If you choose this option, be advised that it is not DIY-friendly and a professional roofer will need to install slate shingles. Advantage: slate shingles can last without losing their luster or needing replacements for 100 years or more!

  3. Wood: Wood shingles are still popular, though not quite as commonly used as they were during their initial heyday in North American in the first half of the twentieth century. Wood shingles offer some variety with the interlocking patterns and styles available, directing your friends and neighbors’ eyes to your roof.  Wood shingles tend to have an average lifespan and have the added environmental bonus of being derived from a renewable resource. The cost of wooden shingles tends to be in the middle: not as expensive as slate shingles, but more expensive than asphalt ones.

You take pride in your roof’s function and appearance. So, for any advice on the choosing the right elements for your roof, contact us at (905) 902 7663. At Same Day Roofing, we can provide you with a free estimate for any roof repairs or roof replacements in the Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington areas. Your home is your world. You can trust your home with us.

Five Roofing Problems Easily Prevented By Inspection

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As we have covered in previous blog posts, one of the key factors in keeping your home, safe, secure, and warm is to schedule regular roof inspections. Typically, you would want these roof inspections to be performed once or (preferably) twice a year.

If you have had an inspection done within the last six months, it is very possible that having an inspection will yield no cause for alarm and that your shingles, soffits, flashing, and all the other elements that make up your roof are in perfectly good condition. So, what is the point of having an inspection done? Much like taking your car to a trusted garage for maintenance, a roof inspection is worthwhile whether the inspection yields good news or bad news. If you believe your roof is in good working order, is it not a comfort to have that confirmed by an expert? Similarly, if you suspect there might be issues with your roof, a thorough inspection will be the most effective means of determining the presence and severity of those issues.

Here are a few common roofing issues an inspection will check for and potentially prevent:

  1. Holes In Your Soffits: Soffits should never be described as “gaping”. One thing you may spot is the presence of rotting or perforated material on your soffits. The causes of holes in your soffits are two-fold. Either moisture has gotten in your soffits, causing rot, or pests have begun to eat through the soffits. Minor damage is easy to repair, but if the rot or perforations are extensive, a new soffit system may be required.

  2. Loose Flashing: Caused primarily by weather, flashing issues will increase the number of leaks in the home.

  3. Joint Separation In Gutters: Separated joints in your gutters will result in some leaks, but they can be easily caulked.

  4. Damaged Gutters: Gutter leaks may simply be the result of holes in the gutter system, which will need to be patched.

  5. Rotten Fascia: This one is fairly easy to spot with the naked eye if you do not have a gutter system. If you do, simply check behind the gutters for signs of rot.

The only reason to potentially skip over a roof inspection is if you know there are problems with your roofing. If you live in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, or the surrounding areas, and you suspect you may have any roofing issues, call us! You can always call Same Day Roofing at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on potential insulation issues, roof repairs, roof installations or roof replacements.

Know Your Home: Roof Replacement Guide

Young man inspecting the roof of an old house

Age begets wisdom in human beings. When it comes to your home, well, age begets a number of potential issues. Whether it is the quantifiable wear and tear of typical changes in seasons or the unpredictability of sudden gusts of wind or high rates of precipitation, the age of your home will denote its vulnerability to the elements.

In layman’s terms, you may want to consider some roof renovations if you suspect your home is “getting up in years”. How many years, you ask? Well, that depends on the materials used when building your home. After all, the general consensus is that your roof needs to be replaced every 20 to 50 years. However, what is the right length of time for your roof? You would not want to be too early or too late when you ultimately decide to have your roof replaced.

Having your roof inspected twice annually is still the best way to determine what repairs or replacements–if any–need to be done on your roof. Before you have your roof inspected, just go through the following checklist:

  1. If there are leaks or gusts of wind blowing through your home, the culprit may be insulation rather than the need for a complete roof replacement.

  2. You will want to make sure your shingles are not changing shape or colour. Curling or discoloured shingles denote trapped moisture in your roof.
  3. Also consider your siding. It is understandable that many homeowners, for reasons of time and money, will replace their siding before they invest in replacing their roof. So, you can start planning for your new roof by choosing the new siding with an eye on picking siding that will complement your new roof when you get it replaced

For roof replacements in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas, you can always call Same Day Roofing. We are always happy to answer any of your questions. All it takes is a quick phone call to Same Day Roofing at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate and expert advice on any roof replacements, roof repairs, or roof installations.

Spring Into Action To Prevent Roof Damage

missing shingles signalling winter roof damage

A mild Winter is starting to wrap up for the year and soon it will be Spring. Previous posts here at the Same Day Roofing blog have looked at Winter security necessities, poor insulation, ice dams, and icicles. By regularly checking your roof and performing brief checks of your roof during the Winter season, you have likely prevented these issues entirely or stopped them from spreading into a greater problem.  With the change in the seasons comes changes in what you, as a homeowner, can do to keep your roof in good condition and protecting your family. Here are a few warning signs of winter roof damage that you should keep an eye on.

 1) Doors Swinging Open

 Are your doors opening at random, as if they had a will of their own? You need not worry about your house being haunted, so don’t call the Ghost Busters just yet. Your doors might be popping loose because of the extra weight of excess snow, ice, and other detritus on your roof. This extra weight can distort door frames, so it is best to remove the source of the excess weight as soon as possible.

 2) Noisy Walls

 Hearing cracks, pops, or regular groans from your walls? This is an urgent problem. What this means is that your roof is on the verge of collapsing and will need to be replaced immediately! Consider these to be warning signs because your roof is essentially “crying out” in pain.

 As Winter turns to Spring, it is time to consider the needs of your home. If you are experiencing any of these issues, Same Day Roofing is proud to repair or replace your roof for the security of your home. One call to (905) 902 7663 guarantees you a free estimate on any and all roof repairs and related work. For roofing queries in the Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville areas, Same Day Roofing provides the expert repairs and advice you need to keep your home healthy.

 Is detritus covering your roof and filling your gutters? A warmer than usual winter is still winter, after all, which can lead to these issues. If you have any questions about the strength and stability of your roof, call Same Day Roofing at (905) 544-4667 for a free estimate on any repairs done in the Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, and Stoney Creek areas.

3 Winter Security Must Haves

man clearing snow with a roof rake

This time each year, we all have a tendency to prepare for the worst. After all, when temperatures drop, the winter season can be downright brutal. Thankfully, the harshness of this winter this year has been fairly light, offering little in the way of raging snow storms or sheets of hail pelting your home. In our previous entries on the blog, we have examined the warning signs and potential effects of poor insulation, ice dams, and icicles as well as what you can do to prevent any of these scenarios from snowballing into a larger problem. 

If you have those issues already well taken care of, it could be tempting to wash your hands of any regular roof maintenance. What better time is there to lock yourself away from the brisk temperatures and not leave your home until you absolutely have to?

Tempting though it might be to turn your home into a hermitage, keeping your roof safe and secure from the elements is not too intense a job. Like all roof maintenance, it mostly requires a vigilant eye and a certain amount dedication that can be easily fit around your schedule. So, bundle up, brace yourself for the cold outdoors, and add these three items to your regular household chores and your home will be safe and secure for even the most trying days of winter.

 

1) Inspect It

After every high wind, give your roof a cursory inspection to make sure it isn’t buried under debris.

2) Trim It

Yes, one of the greatest potential hazards to your roof are the branches of the trees in your yard. Before you say “this is why we can’t have nice things!”–remember–trimming your growing branches will prevent them from clogging your gutters or cracking off and getting stuck on the roof.

3) Rake It In

One simple investment that can save you a lot of time is a roof rake. The principle is the same as the rake you use come every Autumn. Roof rakes are an extendable tool designed to clear detritus from your roofs and gutters. Always recommended for clearing hard to reach icicles and ice dams.

 

Is detritus covering your roof and filling your gutters? A warmer than usual winter is still winter, after all, which can lead to these issues. If you have any questions about the strength and stability of your roof, call Same Day Roofing at (905) 544-4667 for a free estimate on any repairs done in the Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, and Stoney Creek areas.

Preventing Ice Dams

The best way to prevent winter roofing damage is to address any previous problems early in the Spring, and then look for any new potential problems in the fall. If you’ve never had any problems with your roof, you’ll only need to clean your rain gutters and check your roof for damage to avoid most complications.

In the previous blog post, we identified ways to keep your roof free of icicles. Another roofing issue common to the winter months is to address the cause of an ice dam. Ice dams are an ice blockage that occurs at the edge of your roof when excess water accumulates and freezes. Should an ice dam go unacknowledged, it will only grow as further precipitation accumulates and freezes, risking further damage to your roof.

If you have seen or suspect there are ice dams on your roof, the first thing you will want to do is identify the source of the moisture creating the dam. And where is the first place to diagnose this potential roof issue? Your attic.

Improper insulation is another common issue that could cause dams. An attic inspection will confirm if you have proper attic insulation, as inadequate insulation could result in pockets of moisture forming resulting in an ice dam. If you notice any leaks or general dampness in your attic, it could be that your insulation is lacking. This is a problem that needs to be fixed immediately as leaks can cause the structural members of your roof to rot.

Alternatively, moisture can be created if your attic hatch is unsealed, so you will want to ensure that your hatch is covered by weather-stripped caps to prevent moisture, ice dams, and loss of heat.

Next, you will want to consider your vents. Your vents circulate air throughout your home and you want to make sure that all vents and ducts are connected to the outside of your home via your roof ducts rather than your soffits.

Is your ceiling springing the occasional leak? Or would you just like to make a few cosmetic changes to your roof? For attic inspections and roof repairs in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and surrounding areas, you can always trust the experts at Same Day Roofing. Call us (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on your next attic inspection.

Keep Your Roof Icicle-Free

It is that time of year where roofing calls are few and far between. After all, it is typically too dangerous to access the roof to inspect or repair your shingles and trim. Once winter has arrived, the majority of roofing work just can’t be done and homeowners are always encouraged to do regular check-ups, maintenance, and cleaning of their roofing systems in order to prevent major issues from developing during the winter.

As we looked at with our previous blog post on the topic of blown insulation, we continue our focus on what you can do to ensure your home’s warmth, safety, and security during these bitter winter months. Winter is a tough period for many homeowners, but there is no sense in fighting it or trying to deny it. If the season presents you with any challenges, you must take them as they come.

Most common of all issues is the appearance of icicles. Despite fond childhood memories of playing with them, you should never forget the warnings you heard in your childhood, either. The regular appearance of icicles on your roof is a potential cause for alarm. Not only can they cause personal injury, but the frequent clusters of icicles on your roof is a warning. But what issue is your roof system trying to warn you about? The icicles may be caused by inadequate, patchy, or improperly installed insulation. Similarly, your aluminum or vinyl soffits might not be providing your home with proper ventilation, which is another reason icicles can gather on your roof in large numbers.

Remember, icicles may seem pretty and natural, but they can also cause ice dams on your roof or damage its drip edge. And that’s not even counting the peace of mind of knowing you don’t have daggers of ice hanging over your head each time you step outside. If your home is the victim of frequent icicle clusters and you are not sure why you can always call us at (905) 902 7663 to examine your roof. We offer a free estimate on any potential repairs.Be it inspections, installations, or repair, Same Day Roofing are the experts for roofing in Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington.