Just like most aspects of your home, your roof could quite possibly run into issues. Some issues are due to aging, while others could be due to poor maintenance or even sometimes weather. The key to avoiding major roof catastrophes is to take immediate action. Here are some things to look out for specifically:
1. Water Leakage
If you're living in Victoria you're no stranger to rain. The point of a roof is to keep you dry from that rain, right? If you notice leakage inside your house that could mean you have damaged or cracked shingles, or some flashing could be damaged. Those are just a couple possible culprits. You need to contact a roofing professional immediately to get to the bottom of things. Water leakage can cause a host of other issues if left untreated and one easy fix can turn into a variety of different repairs needing to be done and unnecessary money being spent.
2. Moss Growth
Moss readily grows on roof shingles, especially in the spaces between shingles where the spores collect. In wet climates, moss can grow to be a few inches thick. Once the moss is established, it acts like a sponge, soaking up and storing rainwater (which we have a lot of). That stored water can then get underneath shingles and soak through the underlayment, and eventually, straight through the wooden roof deck. If left untreated, this can cause unhealthy mold growth in ceilings and walls, which then becomes extremely costly to repair. There are plenty of easy fixes for moss growth – you can DIY with moss killing chemicals in liquid, granule or powder form; you can also “broom” or brush off the moss, very carefully picking off the chunks of moss. You can also hire professionals to do this work for you, but if they show up with wire brushes or power washers, turn them away!
3. Granule Loss
Granules on asphalt shingles serve 3 main purposes: They protect against UV rays, to provide fire resistance and to add aesthetic beauty (colors) to the shingle. If your roof is new, it is very common to find some granules in your gutters that weren’t completely adhered to the shingle. It is normal that through the shingles life cycle the adhesive bond will wear down and there will be minimal granule loss – normal wear and tear. However, if you notice an abnormal amount of granules in your gutters, that could be cause for concern. Seeing as they protect your shingles from UV rays and other elements, it could cause quicker deterioration of the integrity of the shingle. This could be a sign of needing to replace your roof, or there could be more underlying issues. Either way, don’t let it linger!
4. Soft Spots or Drooping
A drooping roof is indicative of a structural issue. There are a few different reasons that drooping can occur, the roof deck may not be installed properly, there could be poor ventilation making the roof deck more susceptible to heat causing it to form to a new shape. The list could go on. It doesn’t always pose an issue necessarily, but can cause pooling of water leading to leakage and soft spots. If soft spots do arise, this is where the issues lie. Soft spots could be no big deal, but it could also be a disaster waiting to happen. It’s not something to be ignored. It is likely a simple fix and with proper ventilation, you should be able to avoid any further soft spots.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that this winter/fall has been tremendously wet. Between the rain and the extraordinary amount of snow we've had, your gutters have most likely taken a beating. Once the nice weather starts to come around (we might be waiting a while in Victoria) you won't want to spend the nice warm days on a ladder cleaning out your gutters. You might have not even thought about it, but there are options for you; cost saving, time saving, and back-ache saving options.
A house is one of, if not the biggest investment you make in your life. Having said that, I think it's safe to assume that homeowners want to do everything in their power to protect that investment. Not only do we live in a very wet environment, Victoria is also densely forested which leaves wide open gutters susceptible to more debris build up which can in turn cause irreparable damage. With so many contributing factors to maintaining a house, we want to alleviate some of that stress and work.
Not only can clogged gutters cause damage to your foundation and create leakage inside the home, they also create a nice warm home for unwanted creatures and plant growth. As cute as some rodents and insects can be, let's face it, nobody wants them to take up habitat in your home by way of the gutters. Remedying any of these unfortunate situations can be very costly and time consuming. All this being said, let's cut to the chase - have you considered a leaf guard system for your gutters? Although they don't protect against everything from getting into your gutter system, they are hugely beneficial. Without listing all the reasons you should consider leaf guard, I'll give just a few for you to ponder:
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How to Hire the Best Roofing Company
We know that there is a lot of pressure that goes into replacing or repairing the roof of your home or commercial business. Replacing a roof is something that you just don't do very often. Ultimately, two of the biggest questions are going to be;
Insurance and Accreditation:
Check it out! Don't just assume. Make sure the company your are dealing with has the required coverage with WorkSafe BC, insurance and safety. We go above and beyond by putting our team through safety training and using quality tools and equipment to get your roofing project done right.
Referrals and Reviews:
Make sure that the roofing company you choose will give you a list of positive reviews from previous clients. Third-party review sites are not always helpful for getting accurate non-partial reviews and feedback. Some sites will intentional leave positive reviews out until businesses pay for a subscription. Our Proline Roofing website includes many of the feedback that we continue to receive on a regular basis. For some of them we were able to even keep a copy of the actual letter we received. We have been doing roofing for a long time in Victoria and along Vancouver Island and we are aiming to continue pleasing clients for many more years to come.
Don't forget to ask what warranty is included with the materials your roofer will be using. Once again, you want to make sure the roofing contractor will stand behind the products and installation that they use. Proline Roofing stands behind our materials and installation that we deliver and we will be sure to let you know what warranties will be included with the products we use. Have a look on our website for a long list of our industry leading roofing partners.
The Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island; has chosen Proline Roofing & Gutters as a finalist, for the following award category.
AWARD CATEGORY: TRUSTWORTHINESS
Industry: Construction & Renovation
Thank you, to our valued customers, suppliers and team members. It is because of you, that we have been a finalist once again for a Torch Award and recognized for our 'Trustworthiness' in the way we conduct our business. This recognition really does mean a lot!
More Reviews - Click Here - Read more about what our customers are saying.
We were excited to have recently completed our first roofing and
gutter job in Duncan, B.C.
It’s always nerve racking when you have a roof or gutter repaired or replaced; especially when you live in a smaller town or a more remote location. The fear is that your home project will now cost a fortune because of the transportation costs to bring that company in.
At Proline Roofing and Gutters, we offer free estimates to ease some of that anxiety. We understand that replacing a roof is one of the most important and costly improvements that you may have on
your house or commercial business. That’s why, no matter where your location; Salt Spring, Nanaimo, Victoria, Courtney, Parksville, Duncan and locations across Vancouver Island, our value and service is second to none.
So, even though there may be costs associated with ferry and fuel, we are experienced enough at Proline Roofing and Gutters to keep these costs low. We will be able to give you the best results, at fair and
competitive pricing. Knowing that you are dealing with a professional roofing company that has a proven track record on the Gulf Islands and across Vancouver Island will allow you to put your mind at ease.
We are proud to be a double finalist at the 'Better Business Bureau Torch Awards' in the catergory of "OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE" & "OUTSTANDING ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES" - after 8 years of being nominated this was an exciting first for us.
& the Proline Roofing Team