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Does Your Roof Need Fixing? 5 Signs to Check For

Posted By On January 10 2022
Is your roof in need of maintenance? 5 warning signs to look out for

With all the different seasonal changes that happen year-round in Canada, the roof on your house will eventually need to be fixed. Getting your roof repaired or replaced protects your home’s structure by preventing unnecessary damage. Since it is challenging to take on a DIY project to fix your roof, we recommend that you contact a roofing company to do the repairs for you.

Working on a roof by yourself with the help of some friends could be dangerous as a lack of experience could cause someone to get hurt, or you could cause more damage to the roof if you repair it incorrectly.

Once you have decided to get your roof repaired, cleaning up debris such as old shingles and leftover materials left by the roofing company will require professional help. We recommend hiring garbage bin rental services in Toronto to clean up the mess. If you think your roof needs fixing, but are not too sure what to look for, here are five signs to look out for.

1. Old-looking roof

Most roofs last approximately 20 to 25 years. If your house is over 20 years old and has never had roof repairs, then it’s likely time to replace it. When a roof reaches the end of its lifespan, you should look for signs of wear-and-tear, such as worn-out shingles, curling, and dark spots. If you neglect to replace an old roof, this could increase your home insurance annual premium as they will consider it a risky liability.

2. Ice and snow damage

We all know Canadian winters can bring harsh weather conditions, including ice, snow, hail, and rain. Eventually, when snow and ice melt on your home’s roof, it can seep underneath the shingles, causing damage. Since winters are unavoidable, it is ideal to schedule roof maintenance to find and stop any damage from getting worse during the spring and fall.

3. Leaks in the attic

After a rainstorm, noticing water leakage in your attic or any room on the second floor of your house is a sign of roof damage. Even if it is a small leak, leaving it alone and placing a bucket underneath it is temporary. However, if you decide not to fix it, fungi, mould, and bacteria could grow within 24 to 48 hours of it leaking. In the case of water leaks, some flashing may need to be fixed. But you need to have a professional roofer evaluate what is causing the leak, and if it is due to a porous underlayment, your roof will probably need to be replaced.

4. Sagging roof

Take a look at the edges of your roof and note any sagging on the decking or rafters. It should be straight, but if they are sagging, they might be wet, caused by moisture. Sagging on a roof is a sign of deterioration and requires a complete roof replacement. Leaving a sagging roof alone is not advised as it could collapse, so it is best to book an inspection appointment as soon as possible.

5. Dark areas on the roof

Shingles get worn out when granules fall off, and this causes dark areas to appear on your roof. These dark areas on your roof are signs that your roof needs to be replaced. If you neglect to get your roof replaced, these dark areas can increase algae growth. Algae is a type of bacteria that can significantly cause frost damage to the mineral coating on shingles, making them look darker and accelerating roof deterioration.

Contact Scarborough Disposal for garbage bin rental assistance

After getting your roof inspected, it is time for you to decide if you’re going to get your roof replaced. If you give the project the green light, getting your roof replaced on your house will accumulate waste materials that need to be disposed of properly. Unfortunately, you can’t clean up these waste materials yourself, as it could be dangerous. Here is a recap of five signs to look for to know if your roof needs to be replaced:

  • Old-looking roof. When a roof reaches 20 to 25 years, dirty areas, curling, and worn-out shingles need to be replaced. Neglecting to replace an old roof could potentially increase your home insurance claim as they classify it as a risky liability.
  • Ice and snow damage. When snow and ice melt on your home’s roof, it could damage the shingles and seep through the roof, destroying the structure of your house. Try scheduling annual roof maintenance during the spring and fall to prevent winter damages to your roof.
  • Leaks in the attic. After a rainstorm, a small leak in the attic or any room on your second floor could cause fungi, bacteria, and mould to grow within 24 to 48 hours. Have professional roofers find the source of the leak, and they will be able to decide if your roof needs to be repaired.
  • Sagging roof. Sagging edges, decking, or rafters is a sign of a weak roof that may need a complete roof replacement. A sagging roof is at risk of collapsing, so book a roof inspection at your earliest convenience.
  • Dark areas on the roof. Overtime shingles get old and can cause dark areas on your roof. The more dark areas you have on your roof, the sooner you need to get your roof replaced. Leaving these dark areas on your roof can increase its algae growth.

At Scarborough Disposal, we can assist roofing contractors working on your roof replacement by cleaning up the roofer’s waste materials with our garbage bins. Our contractors are certified with WSIB Clearance Certificates, and our equipment and trucks are insured with liability insurance.

If you would like to set up a no-obligation estimate on garbage bin rental in Toronto and the GTA, call Scarborough Disposal at (416) 265-7979 or contact us here.

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