The Biggest Danger To Your Roof This Winter – Part Two

In our last post, we looked at how precipitation in Winter can turn a common annoyance into a threat to your home and safety. We are not out of the woods for this post, either. That was just for examining any weak spots on your roof and how that might affect your home and security. This time we have to look at a danger that may be beautiful to look at, but is nonetheless very real: icicles.

Removing the excess rain, leaves, and detritus from your gutter can be a mild annoyance, but cleaning your gutters in Winter is a necessity. If condensation from rain or snow builds up in your gutters to the point that it overflows from your gutters, it could quickly freeze. Once frozen, you have got ice and icicles that could bend or break parts of your gutter system.

More urgently, icicles and large, heavy chunks of ice run the risk of falling from your roof. The best case scenarios for such an event are injury, but noticeably sharp or heavy icicles have been known to cause death in rare instances. Just because death from icicles is infrequent does not mean you should rest easy on checking your roof and gutter system and keep them both clean and ready for Winter’s harshest elements.

To safely clear off icicles, use a long rake, shovel, or broom stick and handle it in a “backwards” position (i.e: so the wooden or plastic stick end is facing away from you). Then, extend your stick handle in a diagonal fashion–think “up and over”. Up and over is easy to remember, but it’s also your safest option. Raising so it can be raised to the roof from the ground and away from your body at the same time. Be sure to alert your family and anyone else in or near your home that you are clearing icicles, in order to minimize accidents.

If you suspect your gutters are in a state of disrepair or would like a professional to inspect any aspect of your roof, you can always call us (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on any potential repairs. Be it roof installation or roof repair, Same Day Roofing are the definitive experts for roofing in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas.

The Biggest Danger To Your Roof This Winter – Part One

As a homeowner, you are doubtlessly relieved if you have gone from Spring to Summer to Fall without incident or need for costly emergency repairs. You breathe easy because you have carefully maintained your home and your roof and you need a break. You deserve it. However, don’t rest too easy. Your work is never done when it comes to your roof and the maintenance of the roofing system that protects you, your family, and your home. While the rest of the year may have seemed easy, it was preparation for the biggest challenge to come. Winter is coming…

The Winter months are the biggest strain on your roofing system. It’s the weather, the elements, and all kinds of forces that are out of your control. Your roofing system will be putting in overtime working with extra resilience to keep you and your family protected. Yet, there is a danger lurking on your roof this Winter that you need to think about in order to prevent accidents.

Precipitation is that danger. In addition to the usual rain and detritus that can hit your roof, you will now have to deal with snow, freezing rain, hail, sleet, and ice as it accumulates on your roof. As preventative maintenance, you are going to want to check your roof from an inside and outside view to make sure there are no weak spots. By weak spots, there may be cracks in your ceiling or areas that experienced mild leaking during heavy rain.

With no weak spots to worry about on your roof, you have one last thing to consider: your gutters. In the second part of this blog post, we will be looking into your gutter system and what you need to do to be prepared this Winter.

Are you concerned about the state of your roof? Do you think you need to have your gutters or shingles spruced up before the harshest aspects of Winter come knocking at your door? Trust the professionals. 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.

How To Maintain Your Tile Roof

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One of the key aspects of maintaining your tile roof is ensuring that it is secure. You can put your mind at ease if you have a professional roofing company handle the job. After all, if you want to sleep with peace of mind knowing that you and your loved ones are safe and secure, it is best to trust the professionals.

So, one question we are frequently asked is: what is the best method for cleaning a tile roof?

Here’s what you need to know. The last thing you want to do is resort to a pressure wash. While the tiles make a strong, secure barricade against the elements in unison, their weaknesses are apparent when a great deal of pressure is applied to the individual tiles. Pressure washing your tiles can often put too much pressure on each of your tiles, compromising their integrity. Blasting the tiles with water can seem like a quick fix, but it might be causing more damage than the cleaning is worth. Pressure washing can erode the concrete tiles or penetrate through into the felt below, resulting in a leak in your home.

The safest way to keep your tile roof clean is also the most time consuming, but it is worth it in the long run: individually cleaning the tiles of your roof. Your options for this? One is by applying a trowel and a wire brush and to wash them manually with water. For any signs of moss of fungus, reasonably priced fungicides and chemicals can remove these problems. Consult a roofing expert if that is a solution you might need for your roof.=

Are you in need of a consultation with roofing 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 call us at (905) 902 7663. 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

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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.

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.

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

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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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