When a homeowner repairs or purchases a new roof, they tend to have a certain level of expectation for the roof’s lifespan and functionality based on their contractor and manufacturer’s claims; however, many situations exist where a roof can come up short. In this article we outline five circumstances in which a traditional roof may perform less than favourably after a particularly severe winter.
The roof may have been installed improperly. A poor installation can easily shorten the lifespan of a roof. When a Toronto homeowner notices leaks or premature wear this may be a sign that the roof was not installed properly, particularly if there are no other obvious signs of damage. Unfortunately, without a trained eye, it can be difficult to discern whether the cause of a leak is improper installation or another cause. If you suspect your roof or repair job may have been improperly installed, you should contact another professional roofing company that is highly rated and valued for their honesty, like Professional Roofers in the GTA, and ask them to complete an inspection on your roof. They will then verify the quality of workmanship and the extent of the problem for you so that you can decide what your next course of action will be. If your roof is still under warranty, you can then choose to contact the roofing contractor who initially completed the work and have them fix it, or have a reputable company like Professional Roofers fix the damage for you.
Trees that touch the surface of the roof can degrade the surface from fallen tree debris like pine needles or oak leaves. This type of degradation happens over a longer period of time; however, tree limbs can also fall on the roof, causing even greater, more immediate damage. In the wintertime, with the added weight of snow and ice, fallen branches are much more common than other seasons. How to deal with with tree damage is one of the most frequently asked roofing questions professional roofers tend to receive. Before you need to cope with the damages your trees do to your home, it can be imperative to the integrity of your roof to have the limbs of the trees surrounding your home pruned back.
Another common spring roof disaster is water damage. Prior to spring snow, sleet and ice can get underneath the layers of the traditional roof from severe winter storms. As the warmer weather arrives and the buildup of snow or ice melts, the resulting water damage can cause a host of issues including mould, rot, and leaks.
Animals present another risk factor. Wild animals can cause a host of issues with regard to the integrity of the roof. Some animals might simply cause exterior damage to your home, while others (like the common raccoon in Toronto) will likely decide to make the space their own. If you see signs of animal potentially living in or around your house, you should call wildlife control immediately and then have a roofing company determine the extent of the damage once the animals are out. The eviction of animals causing roofing damage is essential.