Though the snowfall for December, 2013 has set a new record in Calgary, snow weight is not the main roof repair concern for homeowners in the area. When it comes to weather, it is extremely low temperatures and violent storms like the hailstorm of 1991, which bring the greatest worry. In that particular storm, six- centimetre hailstones fell and caused nearly $400 million in insured residential and commercial building damage, with much of this damage done to roofs. (2)
Every homeowner wants to make sure that their roof successfully makes it through each winter. The best way to do this is hiring an experienced roofing contractor from our team here at Done Right Roofing. Our roof contractors will not only survey the present condition of a house’s roof, but will execute repairs and educate the homeowner on roof damage prevention and spotting. After all, everyone deserves a roof that will protect their home and last for decades. Not everyone has the knowledge and skill to maintain a roof themselves, so the best roof protection comes from hiring the right roofer.
Several years ago, the residents of a nursing home in Calgary were put under unreasonable danger by an inexperienced roofing contractor. Without testing the roof’s floor, they propped a pallet of materials weighing nearly 1.5 tons on the roof of that nursing home. The roof cracked and the pallet fell into the main dining room of the facility. Fortunately, the staff was alerted to the condition and transported all the residents to a safe location. A small bit of contractor negligence not only endangered people’s lives, but cost the facility much more in damages than it had budgeted. The contractor crew was also fined the maximum penalty for the incident. This is a great example of how non-caring roof contractors can limit the life of a roof. (1)
Of course, the previous example is rare. Contractor work on roofs however, is not. From the replacement of rotten roof floor panels and worn-out flashing, to proper shingle installation, solar panel sealing and clearing leaf guards on gutters, a thorough contractor is the best way to ensure a long-lasting roof. Homeowners rarely spot roof structural problems unless there is damage to the interior of the home. When this type of damage is noticeable, it is likely that major repairs are needed to the roof. Our experienced professionals have the equipment, liability bonding and knowledge of Alberta building codes to restore a roof after extensive damage from water and ice has happened.
The best roofing contractor will also save the homeowner heartache and expense. Most people do not realize that if roofing materials are installed improperly, they are exempt from warranties should damage occur. It is up to the homeowner to find a contractor who can install materials according to manufacturer guidelines, educate the roof’s owner about ways to prevent future damage, and complete roof repair without an accident like the one at the nursing home described above. Minor to major, the contractor is the best way to ensure that a roof lasts through the winter. For the best and most reliable roof repairs and installations, give us a call today and let our expert team at Done Right Roofing provide you with the services your roof needs to safely make it through the winter.