Is your roof in top shape?
When was the last time you examined your roof? Can’t remember? You’re not alone. Many homeowners rarely think about their roof unless it becomes damaged or begins to leak. Yet keeping your roof well maintained can help prevent water, wind and snow damage and prevent damage to your roof deck and attic from slow leaks. If you keep on top of maintenance, your asphalt shingle roof is more likely to last its full lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
There are a number of ways to ensure your roof does its job for as long as possible:
- Clear your roof of snow and ice around the eaves.
- Avoid walking on your roof.
- Leave roof vents open, even in the winter, to allow ventilation. Good ventilation also prevents buildup of damaging heat and moisture in the summer months.
- Trim your trees so they don’t rub on the roof and leave debris behind.
- Clean out your gutters regularly. Leaves, twigs and litter that become trapped on the roof and in valleys, gutters and downspouts can cause serious damage.
If your roof needs help
Roof in need of repair? It’s time to hire a certified professional. Contact two or three qualified roofing contractors and ask for a detailed, written estimate that offers:
- Material quality and lifespan estimates
- Labour charges
- Estimated start and completion dates
- References and certificates of insurance
If you replace your roof and you have home insurance with us, don’t forget to let us know so we can keep your file up to date.
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