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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.