Spring Into Action To Prevent Roof Damage

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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

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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.

Insulating Yourself From Winter

As winter looms, we all try our best to keep the cold where it belongs: out of our homes. Keeping warm, however, can sometimes be a costly consideration. With the costs of heating your home increasing over time, it will be tempting for some to “rough it” by slapping on as many layers as possible whilst in the home just to save a buck.

Of course, the real way to save money and keep your home warm and secure is to make an investment in your home insulation. One of the leading causes of a drafty home is an unfinished attic. At Same Day Roofing, we recommend insulating your attic with what is alternately called blown insulation or loose insulation. Blown insulation is so named because it consists of loose particles of fiberglass and other materials that are physically blown into your empty attic spaces. The insulation then creates a protective barrier that seals warmth in, keeps drafts out, and keeps your heating bills low.

Where do you find the right people to insulate your attic? That’s where Same Day Roofing comes in.

Roofing in the winter, as you know, is rarely an option. But just because the weather can be too unpredictable to commit to working on the roof does not mean that you have to suffer from any drafts or bursts of cool air that come into your home. If you have an unfinished attic that is giving you the chills, Same Day Roofing is proud to insulate your home. One call to (905) 902 7663 guarantees you a free estimate on insulating your attic. For insulation queries in the Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville areas, Same Day Roofing provides the expert repairs and advice you need to keep your home healthy.

Three Tips To Make Sure Your Roof Is Prepared For Winter

Though Halloween has come and gone, removing and replacing your decorations aren’t the only considerations for your household maintenance. You will want to give your roof a serious once-over before winter comes. Here are three pivotal tips for keeping your roof and your home secure, clean, and dry:

Gutter Relief

One of the first things you will want to check following the gusts of wind, falling leaves, and bouts of precipitation in the Fall are your gutters. It is vital to keep your gutters clean this time of year. Ignoring the amount of water, dead leaves, and other detritus that so commonly afflict your gutters during the season will only result in a clog. Clogged gutters are not only an eyesore for your property but will also result in leaks from the gutters, as dirty water will be seeping from the top as more water and detritus collect there. Regularly checking and cleaning your gutters is an easy and efficient way to prevent this common autumnal problem from becoming an immobile chunk of ice in the winter.

Check Your Ceilings

You can’t help but feel like a doctor when you’re trying to determine if your roof has an Achilles heel. Much like the living, breathing patients doctors examine every day, your home will often show subtle signs of strain or weakness that will be brought to light with a cursory examination. Some roof issues have telltale signs before they start If there is any weakness or potential leaks seeping in from your roof, your ceiling will show signs of discolouration and may even show small “bubbles” of swelling from a leak. These leaks will only worsen when there’s snow on the roof.

Why Fall Is A Pivotal Time To Check Your Roof

It can be a challenge to know just when to book a roof inspection. Inspections are recommended to be done on an annual basis and Fall is an ideal time of year for it. Having survived Summer, Spring, and the previous Winter, a Fall inspection is a great time to check for any signs of weather or age-related stress affecting your roof. To book your next inspection, call us at (905) 902 7663. We offer FREE ROOFING ESTIMATES in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas. We can keep your roof safe and dry all year round.

Three Tips For Maintaining Your Roof

At Same Day Roofing, we always encourage you to call roofing professionals if you notice any roof damage. But what about the rest of your roof’s lifespan? Are there ways to stop common problems before they start? Yes, and we have prepared three key tips to keep your roof in good, lasting condition.

1) Don’t Delay On Roof Repairs:

This is a simple tip that often gets overlooked, but it can’t be emphasized enough. A simple roof repair can make all the difference in your roof’s lifespan and is a cost-effective maintenance strategy. While hiring a professional is a requirement, spotting any potential weak spots or damaged areas in your roof will save you money on more extensive repairs in the long run.

2) Watch Your Gutters:

It is easy to lose track of just how much moisture, dirt, and debris can accumulate on your roof, especially as the fall season approaches. Just because you can no longer see detritus on your roof does not mean it has vanished completely. Often excess leaves and debris can clog your gutters, resulting in a buildup of excess moisture which can block the flow of the gutters and even seep into your home.

3) Reseal, Reseal, Reseal:

There is nothing as annoying as a leak in the home, forcing you to abandon everything you are doing in order to troubleshoot the situation as the water invades your home in splashes or irritating, repetitive droplets. This is why you should periodically have your flashing resealed, as those weather resistant metal strips keep your roof dry by preventing condensation from entering around the chimney, vents, piping, and valleys on your roof.

Dealing with leaks is an irritation, but one Same Day Roofing is more than happy to fix. One call to (905) 902 7663 is all it takes for a free estimate on roof repairs or new installations in the in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster and Stoney Creek areas. Follow these tips to keep your roof in top condition today and avoid discovering leaks tomorrow.

Four Warning Signs That Could Save Your Roof

curling shingles - roof repair

Whether you have had a home built from scratch or moved into an existing residence, a mistake some homeowners tend to make is to treat their roof as "done" after an initial inspection. Once the house has been looked at by a professional and your home has stood the test of time for its first few years, it can be easy to ignore the roof until an obvious issue presents itself. That temptation is ill-advised, as a keen eye on your roof's appearance will prevent minor issues from blossoming into a series of major repairs.

With minor vigilance, you can assess your roof's health with the help of these 4 Warning Signs:

Cracked Flashing:

A quick check of your roof can determine if your flashing– thin strips of weather resistant material– are cracking or lifting, which could lead to roof leaks.

Aging Shingles:

An intricate layering of elements designed to protect your roof from UV rays and give it an appealing shape, shingles offer both style and substance for your roof. Aged shingles alter your roof’s appearance either via gaps in your roof from fallen-out shingles or a "cupped" shape caused by shingles curling up at the end of their lifespan.

Attic "Lights":

There's plenty of warning signs to heed inside your home, as well. Checking your attic for signs of light pouring in will lead you to damaged areas in your roof.

Ceiling Stains:

Our last warning sign also comes from within. With a compromised roof, water begins to seep into your home and stain your ceilings. The initial appearance can be a subtle, spreading, vaguely circular pattern where the colour of your ceiling seems a little "off". As time progresses, this stain will spread and darken in colour. Ceiling stains are to be taken seriously, but are somewhat ambiguous, as they are a sign of anything from roof damage to plumbing issues.

Have you spotted any of these warning signs in your home that would indicate a need of roof repair? Call Same Day Roofing at (905) 902-7663 for a free estimate on all roof repairs and roof installation in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington and surrounding areas.

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Siding: working with your roof to provide a comfortable home

Vinyl siding and roofing installation

Though our primary focus at Same Day Roofing is the repair, replacement, and installation of your roof, we are a source of knowledge for your home. This guide offers some practical information about siding, which together with the roof, works on providing you with a water-tight, safe, and comfortable home.

There are a number of different types of siding on the market, but we will be looking primarily at Brick, Vinyl and Wood siding. Your home’s siding should last decades, but each type has its own shelf life. Wood has the shortest lifespan, usually lasting about 20 years and requiring frequent maintenance. Vinyl siding, in its heavier forms, is more durable and often comes with a lifetime warranty. Lighter forms of Vinyl siding are cheaper and can last anywhere from 30-50 years. Brick siding is the most durable; properly maintained, it can last up to 100 years or more.

What about the maintenance of your siding? You must now stay on top of your siding’s regular upkeep. The maintenance demands of your home’s siding vary depending on what siding you have. The fortunate thing about Vinyl siding is that it requires very little upkeep, only sporadic cleanings. Brick requires similarly little maintenance, though you will occasionally have to refill the mortar joints with new mortar. Wood siding is typically the most work intensive, requiring homeowners to scrape or sand off existing paint prior to adding a fresh coat of paint, sealer or stain. This considerable maintenance for Wood siding must be done every 7-10 years.

Homeowners should be inspecting the condition of their roof and siding regularly. Early detection of problems will offer a chance to address the problems before they cause potentially major damage.

Are you in need of a consultation with home repair experts? Whether it’s roofing in Dundas, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Ancaster, Burlington, Mount Hope, Grimsby, or St. Catharines, Same Day Roofing offers dependable service you can trust. We take your roof repairs and maintenance with the utmost care and you can always submit your questions via our contact page or calling us at (905) 902-7663.

You can trust your home with us.

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