First off, our main priority as a reputable roofing company in the Niagara region is to make sure your roof is sealed tight from all the elements of the weather that it will come in contact with it.
Water, (rain, snow, sleet, etc.), has a way of making its way into any weaknesses in a roofing system so it is our mission to not only lay down a new roof professionally but also to help you when water gets in no matter what the cause.
While many roofs leaks are simple to repair, FINDING THE SOURCE of the leak is often the hard part. When customers identify a leak in their ceiling, they often assume that the leak is coming from the leakage point, however, a leak can be traveling from somewhere else, or even be an accumulation of condensation. For example, it is common for plumbing and AC leaks to be misdiagnosed as roof leaks. Bottom Line: Leaks can be tricky to pinpoint.
Once you get to know the many different causes of leaks to look out for, you may be able to find the reason you are getting one by the process of elimination. Like I said however, it can be trickey to do so.
If you are stumped, you can always contact my team to assist you in this. As a general recap though, here are a few of the main sources of roof leaks:
Damaged or deteriorated flashing, seals and caulking
Missing, cracked or loose shingles, tiles or seams
Improper attic ventilation, which can cause moisture through a buildup of condensation
Improper installation of valleys, flashing, shingles, collars, etc.
Ice Dams, which prevent proper run off and force water to back up beneath shingles
Exposed nail heads
Wind driven rain
Built up debris, which can trap moisture
At Class Eh! Roofing we would be pleased to answer any of your questions and take a look at the situation for ourselves. We have 24 hour emergency service and are here for you and your roof!
PHONE: (289) 687-6924
This is a question that ALWAYS comes up when I am dealing with customers and it is an important decision.
Different roofing materials and your particular situation will ultimately help make that decision for you, but here are a few questions to ask yourself when making that roofing call.
First of all, what type of roof do you have and what is the age of your roof compared with its expected lifespan?
Not sure of the lifespan? Here is a general guideline for popular roofing surfaces:
• Asphalt Shingles: This is the most common of residential roofing material and they last around 20 years.
• Natural Slate: Found frequently on historical buildings. These can easily reach 100 years or more.
• Synthetic Slate: A relatively new material that gives the appearance of natural slate. It is a mixture of plastic and rubber and can last 50 or more years.
• Cedar Shingles or Shakes: More costly but beautiful, these have a limited lifespan of perhaps 25 years. Cedar Shingles can add significant value to the right home because they look so good.
• Synthetic Cedar Shingles: Creates a faux look of the real thing but with a longer lifespan. 50 years or more can be expected.
• Metal: Gaining in popularity, today’s modern metal roofs can be expected to last at least 50 years.
OK so now you hopefully have an idea as to how much life is technically anticipated for your roof. Here are a few other signs to watch for besides life expectancy of materials to determine if it is repair or replace time:
If you are experiencing a first, or even second leak in your roof
Recent high winds have caused minor visual damage
If you see water spots on the ceiling
If there is a leak after a rain that is limited to a common certain area
When you can see an area where a shingle or a few shingles are missing
Your financial situation says that a repair over replacement is in the budget
If the most recent leak is just one of many
If you lose shingles or roofing materials after high winds
If you are seeing water stains on ceiling tiles in multiple areas or rooms
If the leaks seem to be over a large area
If shingles have curling corners and don’t seem to be lying flat
If roofing materials appear to be chipped, cracked or have pieces broken off
If you want to add value to your home as well as curb appeal
If you are experiencing issues with your roof, at Class Eh! Roofing, we can help. We are a trusted name in niagara for roofing and can assist in everything from minor repairs to a complete tear off and re-roof with different materials.
Please contact us and we would be happy to assist you with all your questions and concerns…around the clock!
PHONE: (289) 687-6924
Well first the bad news….there isn’t really a scientific formula to pick out the perfect roof colour for your home or establishment.
But, the good news is…there are definitely some guidelines you can follow to ensure you make the best possible choice.
Remember of course as with everything in life, everyone has their own personal preferences so there are no right answers. With that in mind, let’s look at some tips:
Whether you are confused about colour choices, or the different roofing products out there in general, my team at Class Eh! Roofing would be pleased to assist you with all your needs. Please call us or email for a free quote today!
Phone: (289) 687-6924
A roof can get damaged over time for many reasons so I thought this week I would talk a little bit about some sure signs that you need to give some attention to your roof.
How long your roof will last and keep you dry and cozy is determined a lot by how it is maintained. Regular inspections spot damage early caused by weather, animals and other elements, and prevents minor problems from becoming major repairs.
Here are some top things to watch for:
Shingles: Hot temperatures cause asphalt shingles to buckle, curl and blister. Proper ventilation is crucial to shingles. Asphalt shingles are typically made of fiberglass and coated with asphalt granules. Over time, the granular surface loosens and wears off, exposing the raw shingle to water damage.
Dislodged shingles or shingles that have blown off your roof may be a sign that the tar seal on the shingles is breaking down. While temporary tar sealing will work short term, it is not guaranteed as a permanent fix.
Buckling: Poor roof ventilation and overheating is the main cause of buckling and earlier than normal shingle wear. Trapped heat and moisture in an attic causes severe damage to the roof truss system and sheathing deck. Ridge vents and attic fans are efficient and pretty inexpensive solutions.
Animal Damage: Animals can cause big time damage on a roof. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, mice and bats can all cause destruction to your roof if unchecked. A roof inspection identifies damage early so you can seal holes and replace chewed off caps and flashing.
Damaged Flashing: Aluminum flashing around chimneys, vents and other penetrating roof objects is designed to keep water out; however damaged flashing lets water seep underneath causing rot or leaks to the inside of your home. The roofing compound that seals the flashing down can also dry out and come loose causing water damage. Inspect flashing around chimneys, vertical walls, skylights and vents for bending, loose nails, or holes and replace seriously damaged flashing altogether.
Blocked Gutters: Gutters and downspouts are designed to channel water away from your roof. If your gutters are poorly maintained or full of debris, water backs up and seeps into the edges of your roof. Over time the extra debris also weighs down the gutter and causes it to pull away from the home and block water flow. Gutter guards are the perfect solution as they prevent debris from building up inside your gutters.
For all your roofing needs or questions, my team at Class Eh! Roofing are here and offer 24 hour emergency service. We’d be pleased to chat with you!
CALL: (289) 687-6924
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!