Assessing Your Roof Health

From outside the house, you can assess your roof’s health by viewing the material and areas through binoculars or if you are confident to safely and securely go up directly on your roof and inspect the area. Warning signs and indicators that your roof is in need of a bit of TLC the sealants around flashing details are cracked or non existent shingles that are buckled, curling or blistering, irregular de-granulation in specific areas that are not consistent with the entire roof. Piles of grit found in your eaves or at the bottom of your downspouts for your eaves system.
The granules shield the roof from the suns damaging UV rays. Algae stains are common in some areas and dependent on the roofing system they may not be of concern but moss and lichen can cause premature aging and should be brought to the attention of your contractor.

Below are 5 common reasons to have your roof inspected by a professional:

Flashing Details:

Check all of your flashing details. Obvious signs such as roof sealant that usually will be black in color and it is roofing tar or poly-bitumen in some cases you will find Silicone sealant also referred to as clear. There are areas where metal flashing will require sealant to ensure the integrity of the installation. Skylights chimneys and valleys are a good place to start.

Curling Shingles:

look for curling of the actual shingles, as the roof ages it is not uncommon to see your roof curling up toward the sun be use caution around this area as you can break the curled shingles if you go walking across them and that will lead to areas being exposed that can allow water to penetrate the roof deck.

Condensation leaks & improper ventilation:

These two items go hand in hand and can occur when the warm moist air from the living space is finding a way up and into your attic and there is not enough ventilation to expel the moisture i.e. Dryer vents, bathroom and kitchen exhaust vents are the usual suspects but are not entirely to blame in all cases, the relative humidity in your home can be altered by things as simple as the household plants you have and the humidifier on your furnace, tell tale signs that your attic is not ventilating properly include wet spots on the sheathing visible from looking inside your attic ice damming can be a good indicator of issues in the attic and improper ventilation.

Windstorm Damage:

November 27, 2011 is a day most Calgarians would like to forget. For starters the Calgary Stampeders were bounce 2 weeks earlier from the play-offs by the Edmonton Eskimos and had their run to the Grey Cup stopped our Rivals the BC Lions defeated the Eskimos the following weekend to move forward to the Finals, and on the 27th as Calgary started to get over the defeat of our beloved football team mother nature was about to unleash one of the most powerful wind storms on our beautiful  city and southern end of our province.

>Winds reaching Hurricane status were recorded and roofs were ripped off siding was peeled back and trees were uprooted. Wind damage is fairly easy to locate as the exposed nails from underlying courses could be seen by the naked eye in most cases the insurance industry was thrown into chaos as homeowners lit up phone lines like a radio station who had just told their listeners they were giving away a million dollars to the next caller. Unfortunately this is usually a time where a small repair won’t resolve the problem.

Hail Damage:

Soft metals can and will be a great indicator of hail damage from your A/C units to your exhaust vents and chimney caps as well as valley metal you will be able to see the damage clearly ( See Photos)  your shingles will be pitted and the fiberglass mat will be penetrated and breeched, Our staff at Calgary Elite Roofing has been properly trained and hold HAAG Certified Inspector accreditation and are always on call and able to assist in your moment of crisis after a hail storm.