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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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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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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