When to get a new roof?
Most of us, at some point, have lived through roof leaks and tiles all over our yards (and our neighbour’s) after a high wind storm. Experiences we don’t wish to repeat. The good news is we don’t have to. The truth is we usually don’t think about our roofs until there is a problem and we have to. Inspecting a roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent costly repairs down the road –and keep those raindrops where they belong — on the outside of the house. Don’t wait until the water is pouring into your home before taking action.
A new roof is a big investment that increases the value of your home. It’s an opportunity to enhance the appearance of your home and renew the first line of defense against the elements. Roof inspections should be done twice a year, spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house. Start with the attic. Is the roof deck sagging? Are there trails or dark spots? Is outside light coming through the roof?
Next, move to the exterior check. Look for damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, rotting or algae growth. Algae growth is common in humid climates and appears as dark or green tinged stains. Look for excessive shingle granules. This is a sure sign of advanced wear.
When you decide you do need to replace your roof because of the above noted indicators and the likelihood that you have already spent a considerable sum of money on repairs, keep weather and other issues specific to your geographic location in mind when choosing materials. To get ideas for roofing materials, drive through neighborhoods and take pictures of materials and designs that appeal to you. Take your time and remember to consider co-ordinating your roofing material choice with siding and trim.
And don’t forget, a professional contractor, like Parker Johnston, can provide valuable advice to you. They can also offer you flexibility. They can adapt and individualize your roofing specifications to your unique style and material preferences and show you options you may not have thought of. Hiring local makes good sense because of availability and accountability. Parker Johnston takes great pride in delivering on time and on budget. We are also almost finished our new roofing showroom that will help you decide on materials and styles before a single dollar is spent.
When you have decided that you do need a new roof, know that this is not an average ‘do-it-yourself- job. It’s tough work. It’s skilled work. It’s dangerous work. Roof slopes are high. Repeat, high. This is a job for the professionals or the very experienced and seasoned do-it yourselfer. Summer in the roofing business is very high – now is a great time to beat the rush and get an estimate. Bring in those pictures we advised you to take and let’s get to work. Roofs are not just a matter of practicality. Your roof is part of a complex ventilation and water redirection system that keeps you and your family safe from the snow (if we see any!), lightning, rain and wind. They keep you cozy and warm. If you need an estimate call us at: 250.382.9181 or email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org .
From all of us at Parker Johnston we wish you a very healthy, happy, prosperous and dry home in 2014.