We, as homeowners, don’t always think about our roof until something goes wrong. We think it’s suposed to last for years and never have a problem, but one windy, rainy or snowy day something goes wrong. It might be a shingle missing, an eavestrough breaking free or a leak is discovered inside. Whatever it was, it can all be repaired.
Typical roofs on houses in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington and Milton can be reached by ladder on the outside and through the attic on the inside. The layers of a roof consist generally of shingles, tar paper or ice/water guard and plywood sheathing.
Generally on a roof over 8 years old, shingles do get damaged by sun, wind and ice and then the question arises; Do I fix the shingle that fell off the roof, or do I replace the entire roof”?. Both options are good, however, replacing the odd shingle or area of shingles will extend the life of your roof and you can forgo the large expense of re-roofing for another day.
So this leads us to our next question; how do I replace the shingle? I find the best way to replace the shingle is to have the following tools at the ready…a ladder, tool belt, hammer, crowbar, utility knife, roofing nails, new replacement shingles, and tar roofing repair. Use the crowbar to gently pry up the shingles surrounding the broken shingle, cut the damaged shingle out, cut the new shingle to fit, nail the shingle on nail line to the roof. Nail all adjacent shingles to the roof and apply tar roofing repair where required on any damaged areas while on your roof.
In the case of a roof leak, it is adviseable to have an experienced technician come out to do a proper inspection. Detecting the source of the leak is a process that requires knowledge of building practices and codes, as well as extensive understanding of construction from framework to finishing. Water is tricky, and will find its way into the most seemingly “watertight” area. If you live in the Oakville area (Burlington, Mississauga and Milton) and suspect a roof leak, call us to discuss your situation and we can determine over the phone if an inspection is warranted. Typical roof inspection fees start at $100 and go upwards depending on how indepth we need to look. Often, we can just ask you questions over the phone to get a pretty good idea (with no cost to you) of what might be the problem. For more complicated issues, we would send someone out to do an inspection.
If you live in the Oakville and Mississauga area, call us today at 289-242-8439 to discuss your roofing needs, whether it is a shingle replacement, nailing down loose shingles, or replacing a section of or your entire roof, we can help.