Flashing is an important part of any roofing system that helps to protect your home by redirecting the flow of water around potential openings. It is quite literally your roof’s last line of defense from moisture and we will focus on what it is and how it works today because many people ask about it!
Where will you find flashing?
Types of Flashing
How Roof Flashing Works
Flashing is typically installed during home construction and depends heavily on gravity to work. When it works correctly, flashing helps guide water onto the regular roof materials, as opposed to cracks that can leak into your home.
If you think that your flashing needs attention due to wear and tear, or have any other questions about it, our team at Class Eh! Roofing would be pleased to help you out. Please contact us today by going to the link HERE.
Now that spring is finally here, many homeowners are going around their homes and getting to work repairing any damage that might have occurred during the long winter months, and making sure their homes are ready for whatever the upcoming season might hold. There are a number of important features around your home that require attention, but one of the most important of these is going to be your home’s roof.
Here are three tips to get you going in the right direction for the seasons ahead...
Clean Out Your Gutters.
Once the snow and ice clears away enough for you to do so, one of the first things you are going to want to do is ensure that your gutters are properly cleaned out.
As soon as you are able, break out the ladder, or hire a professional and make sure any lingering debris is cleared out of your gutters, to ensure they are working properly when the spring rains finally start to come down.
Get Your Roof Cleaned
After it is safe to do so, you are going to want to ensure that your roof is completely cleaned off, whether you do it yourself or again have a professional come in and do so.
If your roof is still covered in debris that might have come down throughout the course of the fall or winter, now is the time to clean it off so that you can get a good idea of the condition of your roof underneath. Any lingering debris can not only make your roof that much more dangerous to navigate, but can also hide smaller issues when you are having your roof inspected for damage.
Get A Professional Inspection
One of the most important things you can do for your roof to ensure it is prepared for the coming spring is to have it professionally inspected.
Our team at Class Eh! Roofing are experienced professionals and would be happy to help you out if you'd like assistance with this.
From loose or damaged shingles, to rust, fungus, algae, or any areas where your roof might be sagging, our team will go over your roof thoroughly and give you a detailed report of any issues we find and what needs to be done about them.
CONTACT US HERE FOR A FREE ESTIMATE.
And now, enjoy the warmer months ahead!
We have freezing cold temperatures and more snow in the forecast. It’s a good time for some winter weather roof tips from Class Eh! Roofing.
First up let's look at drainage. Drainage is a critical element of any roof system.
Snow and ice don’t move until they melt. When that happens they must drain so it is imperative that drains and eavestroughs are clear.
Gutters and roof drains are designed to divert water away from your home, and allow for the proper flow of water during a heavy rain, reducing the risk of interior water damage caused by water backing up into the roof. When there is snow, they also provide a conduit for melting snow in order to reduce the weight loads on a roof.
If you’ve noticed water overflowing from eavestroughs in the past couple of months, that’s a sure sign of a drain issue and it may be wise to call in a pro before a bad situation turns worse.
Roof Top Trips
In a word. DON'T. Especially in winter, it is slippery and hazardous to attempt to get up there this time of year. If you do sense an issue of any kind or drainage problems as mentioned above, a professional is the way to go to give yourself peace of mind.
Sooner Rather Than Later
As with anything, when you notice a problem, taking action sooner rather than waiting until later can mean the difference between a small fix up or a large one that costs more.
If you need any assistance this winter season with roof issues, our team is here for free estimates. Contact us today by filling out the form HERE.
Having a solid roof over your head means you need to take care of it, however sometimes we can do things with the best of intentions not realizing they are harmful.
With that in mind, lets talk about some of the roofing myths out there and learn the correct way to take care of yours.
1. Cleaning Your Roof With a Pressure Washer
Cleaning your roof can help enhance its appearance and prevent mold from growing. Many people will use a pressure washer to do the job but this can actually damage the surface of your roof. Next time you clean your roof, opt for a hose instead.
2. Over-Insulating Your Home
Insulation is good, too much can be bad however. If your home has an attic, too much insulation won’t allow the room to ventilate properly which can cause mold to grow and other issues.
3. Not Regularly Checking Your Roof
Just because you don’t see any leaks doesn’t mean there aren’t issues with your roof. Take the time to inspect your roof so you can handle small repairs when needed.
4. Not Checking Your Attic
If you only inspect the outside of your home, you may be missing out on some obvious signs that your roof needs to be replaced. Always check your attic to look for signs of mold growth or excessive humidity.
5. Roofing Over Shingles
No matter what you do, do not simply put new shingles over old ones. You’re only making things worse. Old shingles need to be removed and replaced by new ones for a proper seal.
Call a Professional!
Roofing problems can be complicated and that's where a professional team like Class Eh! can help you out. We offer FREE estimates, so what are you waiting for? To contact us please visit the link HERE.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!