Preventing Roof Leaks – Examine Your Roof

All of the elements that your roof is constructed from function as a kind of immune system to prevent leaks in your home. These elements all come together to make your home safe and secure. Those elements quietly show signs of strain if they suffer any damage. Left unchecked, damaged portions of your roof can result in serious leaks.

One of the most visible ways a house can show you it’s suffering from leaks is your ceiling color. Ceiling stains on interior surfaces, which are caused by leaks through the roof, are easily spotted as they form splotchy patterns that are brown or yellow in colour. While reparable, seeing the leak in one's home means the damage is more severe. The question then becomes: how do you remain vigilant so that you are never caught off guard by damage or issues that require immediate attention?

Making the occasional visit to your roof is ideal for keeping your home free from leaks. One of the first things you’ll want to take a look at is your roof’s flashing. Does the flashing appear loose? Loose flashing is typically caused by extreme weather and is one of the most frequent causes of leaks in homes. Notice the screws fastening the flashing to your roof. If the screws are absent or loose to the touch, your flashing has been compromised.

You will also need to examine your shingles. Shingle problems are common and can lead to further damage. The most telling sign that your shingles need repair is shingle shape. A flat shape is ideal. If your shingles start to curl or fold in on themselves, they will need to be quickly replaced. The shingles curl as a result of moisture building up as a result of a lack of proper ventilation.

Preventing leaks requires you to take a good, hard look to your home. To maintain the quality of your home, you will need to keep an eye on your flashing and shingles. In the event of damaged flashing or shingles, you can always call Same Day Roofing at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on all roof repairs in the Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington areas.

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Know Your Gutters – Make the Right Choice

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A new house is a chance to put your personal stamp on the very place you call home. This extends beyond your interior layout, your furnishings, or what coat of paint you use for the front door that will greet your family each and every time you return home. Another major consideration is just what kind of gutters best suits your home.

Firstly, there are two basic shapes: Half-Round and K-Style. Half-Round gutters are typically found in older homes and, as their name suggests, form a semi-circular shape. More commonly seen are K-Style gutters, which have flat backs and bottoms while the exterior is presented in an attractive curve reminiscent of crown moldings.

To understand what kind of gutters are right for you, you need to understand what’s available. The materials vary to suit your taste and needs. Zinc is one of the more expensive materials that can be used, but makes for some of the most durable gutters. Copper is on the same end of the cost spectrum, but many choose it for their gutters because it won't rust. Neither zinc nor copper have to be painted, making them ideal options for new homeowners with larger budgets and little time.

Steel gutters offer a more mid-price range, can be painted and offer tremendous rust resistance, but are as heavy as they are durable. Vinyl is often chosen by homeowners for their gutters because it’s lightweight and one of the least expensive; unfortunately, vinyl shows little resistance to extreme weather.

Seamless gutters are favored by many new homes. Seamless gutters are so called because they are custom cut for a particular fit and are usually made of aluminium. Though pricier than some of the above options and not recommended for DIYers, seamless aluminium gutters offer the greatest amount of protection from leaks.

Are you building a new home in Burlington? Installing a new roof in Oakville? Need replacement gutters in Hamilton? No problem! These are among the variety of issues Same Day Roofing lends a professional touch to each and every day. Give us a call at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on any roofing job.

Roof Replacement – The signs of a Failing Roof

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More than any other, the question customers ask us at Same Day Roofing is “what is the lifespan of my roof?” Experts agree that your roof should last between 20 and 25 years. It always helps to know when your roof is installed, so that you will know exactly at what stage it is in as part of its lifespan.

This knowledge will serve you well in the long run as it will keep you abreast of when you will need to replace your roof.

What are the signs of a failing roof?

First, you will need to look at your shingles. If you notice that the shingles are starting to curl or buckle, that’s a sign that they are towards the end of their use and need to be replaced. It is not uncommon for homeowners with older roofs to find granules from their shingles among the refuse in the gutters. These granules are somewhat larger than a grain of sand. Also, be sure to check that the shingles have not become dislodged. Missing shingles are a tell-tale sign that your roof needs a complete overhaul.

You will also want to look for any signs of moisture on your roof. Are there any dark patches visible? This could be an accumulation of moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew problems. Another potential sign of moisture is a spongy, “bouncy” sections of your roof, which can also be a sign of moisture becoming trapped in your roof.

Has your roof left you feeling compromised as it approaches 20 or 25 years in service to your home? It may be time to replace your roof. You can always call Same Day Roofing at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on roof replacement or any potential repairs. Same Day Roofing offers roof repairs and installations in Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington.

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Roof Maintenance – Cleaning Your Gutters

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Leaks are not just one of the most common issues to occur to the home, but potentially one of the most harmful as well. Should you spot water accumulating in your home, you must first dry affected areas as quickly as possible before turning your attention to the source of the leak. A leaking roof is one thing, but surely damp patches and leaks in your basement would have nothing to do with roof repair, right?

Wrong. Once you’ve eliminated the possibility of any damaged piping, the real reason behind the water pooling in your basement becomes clear. Though the source of these puddles is most likely the result of water collecting near the foundation, this may have more to do with your roof than you ever realized.

Be it roof installation or roof repair, Same Day Roofing are the definitive experts for roofing in Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington. We install roofs daily and can inspect your roof which would lead to an explanation of developing water issues.

The reason water is collecting in your foundation and appearing in your basement could very well be the result of a clogged gutter.

Gutter maintenance is not as tricky as you may think, as you’ve got two major components to focus on: the metal gutters which collect condensation and debris, and the gutter drain known as the downspout. A trowel can easily remove smaller collections of leaves and debris. If you’ve got pools of dirty water in your gutters, the downspout could be blocked up. A clogged downspout can be flushed by placing a hose through the spout hole and running water through the downspout at full blast. The force from the water should remove any obstructions causing the downspout clog.

If you suspect your gutters are in a state of disrepair or would like a professional to inspect your roof for damages or need of roof maintenance, you can always call us at (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on any potential roof repairs. We work in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Ancaster and surrounding areas. Let us know, and we’ll stop by.

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Roof Installation – Weatherproofing Elements – The Drip Edge

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Weatherproofing your home is one of the first considerations one makes when installing a roof. The flashing installed along your roof helps keep your home safe, comfortable and dry. Most homes use metal flashing, but some utilize flashing made of rubber. These thin strips are then installed around roof elements or between adjoining surfaces on your roof.

Same Day Roofing are experts in roof installations in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Ancaster and surrounding area. For the benefit of our customers, our roof installation process covers all aspects of roofing, including shingle installation, sheathing replacement, flashing replacement or installation and drip edge installation.

The flashing placed in your roof is but one factor in weatherproofing your home. With those thin strips in place, precipitation won’t be leaking through the roof. With rain, sleet, snow, hail and other troublesome elements unable to enter your home, the water runoff from your roof will still need to be gracefully disposed of. This is where the Drip Edge comes into play.

Drip Edge – Function and Installation

Your Drip Edge is another form of flashing that has one specific job: providing an exit for all the precipitation accumulating on your roof. To facilitate this, the drip edge is installed along the eaves and rake edges of your roof and is always nailed directly to the roof decking. For eaves, it will be installed before the felt paper is attached. The opposite approach is taken for rake edges, where the Drip Edge is installed after the felt paper in your roof has been attached so as to keep that paper dry.

There are two types of Drip Edge commonly seen in homes today. The distinction between Extended Profile Drip Edges and C-Strip Drip Edges is that the latter has a hemmed overhang while the former has none. These two types also highlight the secondary benefit of your Drip Edge, which is that it gives your roof an appealing and attractive shape.

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Is your ceiling springing the occasional leak? Or would you just like to make a few cosmetic changes to your roof? If you’re thinking about having a Drip Edge installed or repaired, you can trust the experts at Same Day Roofing. Call us (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate. We offer FREE ROOFING ESTIMATES in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas. We also do roof repairs and new roofs installations.

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Roof Repairs – Damaged Sheathing And What To Do With It

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In our previous article, we established the basics of the individual elements that make up your roof and how they work in tandem to provide you with the safety and comfort you expect from your home. Once you understand the basic functionality of your roof, it’s far easier to understand when your roof will need repairs.

Your roof’s sheathing is the foundational protective layer. Properly installed sheathing can last a lifetime, which is why many homeowners are confused when faced with the prospect of replacing it. Patching the occasional leak in the home is one thing, but excessive exposure to moisture can damage your Sheathing and your home.

Not all homes use the same type of sheathing. Typically, modern roofs are constructed using 4 x 8 sheets of plywood or oriented stratboard (OSB). The main distinction between plywood and OSB is one of cost, as OSB is usually available at a cheaper price. However, there is evidence showing that plywood is considerably more resistant to condensation, while OSB is likely to swell and become deformed more easily with exposure to moisture.

The replacement process begins by removing the shingles on the surface to access the sheathing beneath. After the shingles have been removed, the damaged layer is ready to be inspected for replacement. The replacement patch must be the same thickness as the damaged boards. Once cut to size, the replacement board can be nailed to the existing board.

While the process for replacing damaged sheathing may seem simple, there are many considerations to keep in mind. When sheathing must be repaired, it’s also of vital importance to identify and repair the source of moisture to ensure no future sheathing issues. Similarly, one must trust a professional when cutting damaged sheathing, as the boards can contain electrical wiring. If you’re experiencing problems with leaks or suspect you may need your roof sheathing repaired, be sure to call us at (905) 902 7663. We offer FREE ROOFING ESTIMATES in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas. We also do roof repairs and new roofs installations. You can trust your home with us.

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Understanding Your Roof – The View From The Top

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Your home is your world. You take pride in its utility and appearance, but what do you need to know to protect and maintain your source of comfort and shelter? With all the intricacies of being a homeowner, where do you begin?

We like to begin at the top. Your roof is more than just a single layer of protection for your home, but an entire system whose appearance is deceptively simple. To know if your roof is operating to its full potential, you need to understand that system and how it works. Your roof is designed to fulfill three crucial functions for the safety of the home:

  1. Shelter – Keeps the outside out.
  2. Ventilation – Lets you breathe easy.
  3. Drainage – Prevents water damage.

Those concepts are easy to understand, but how does the roof system accomplish these tasks?

First, you’ve got the sheathing to provide the base for your roof before it is covered by shingles. With the basic foundation of your roof created, the metal flashing provides your next layer of comfort. Flashing refers to thin strips of weather resistant material, usually architectural metals, securely installed around chimneys, vents, piping, and valleys on your roof. Metal Flashing seals out external debris or condensation in the form of rainwater, hail, and snow. Put simply, it weatherproofs your roof.

Flashing keeps elements out, but you don’t want to turn your home into an incubator. Your roof also needs proper ventilation to ensure that there’s always fresh air freely circulating in your home. Soffits are a vented roof element, typically made out of aluminum and vinyl, which cover your eaves below the roof overhang.

That’s where the fascia comes in. Fascias are wooden boards that support Soffits and provide protective covering for your rafters. Fascias support your gutter and downspout system, creating drainage for excess condensation which can damage your roof.

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A greater understanding of your roof is essential in the maintenance and protection of your home. If you have any concerns about your roof, contact us at (905) 902 7663. For roofing in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas we can provide you with a free estimate. We also do roof repairs. Your home is your world. You can trust your home with us.

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