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How do I tell if my roof needs replacing or repair?
Some tell-tale signs include damaged flashing, shingle buckling, blisters, moss growth, and ceiling spots. We can detect these and other problems by conducting an inspection! Call (403) 651-0214 to find out more.
What is “flashing” and what happens if it’s damaged or installed incorrectly?
Roof flashing seals and protects building joints from water penetration. It’s even more important than the roofing product you choose! Replacing your shingles without replacing all flashing is like fixing a leaky faucet with duct tape. You can tell if your flashing isn’t doing its job by spotting gobs of tar and following the 4-inch rule, where each piece of metal on the roof should extend a minimum of 4 inches beyond the point of penetration.
Is a chimney leak a big deal?
Absolutely. It’s estimated that improper flashing around chimneys and skylights cause 99% of roof leaks.
How can I spot a chimney leak?
Firstly, each piece of flashing must extend a minimum of 4 inches from its penetration onto the roof deck. It’s also important to have a proper back pan, as it will draw water away from danger zones. And your chimney flashing must be tied in properly with the exterior finishing on the chimney. Brick, vinyl, wood board, stucco, and cinderblock chimneys absolutely must have flashing properly tied.
My skylight is leaking. What do I do?
Many contractors overlook the importance of skylight flashing, but when improperly installed it can compromise your entire water-shedding system. You may need to re-flash your skylight if the old flashing is rusted, crumped, or has nail holes. Training is key for superior flashing installation. Call (403) 651-0214 to learn how our expert technicians can assist you.
How can I prevent snow and ice from building up in my roof valley?
In the past, roof valleys were closed with shingles (closed valleys). More recently, however, this practice has been replaced with open valley installation – shingles on either side of the valley, separated by metal flashing. It’s the system we use at Done Right Roofing. Manufacturers recommend that you tar underneath the shingle when it overlaps the valley. We go an extra step to ensure the absolute best performance – a valley starter strip.
How can I spot hail damage to my roof?
Hail can remove the granules from your shingles, which accelerates their aging. It may put your warranty at risk as well. If you’ve experienced hail, check your roof as soon as possible for these signs of damage: bruising, denting, and buildup of granules in gutters and downspouts.
How much damage can ice cause to my roof?
Basically, a lot. Ice damming is caused by the continual melting and refreezing of the snow on your roof. The upper part of your roof deck is heated by the warm air in the attic, which causes snow to melt and run down the roof toward the eaves. Because the eaves extend over the attic, they remain cold and the moisture refreezes. This is an ice dam – and water will back up underneath the shingles to the fascia boards, leading to potential damage to the roof deck and your ceilings. For the best protection, a form of underlayment should be installed on your eaves and underneath the shingles. You can also help prevent ice damming by keeping your attic space cool. Good ventilation will remove excess heat while reducing your heating and cooling costs!
How serious is mould buildup?
Very, and it’s mostly caused by leaks in the roof and poor attic ventilation. Additionally, mould tends to grow in invisible areas such as basements, air ducts, and wall cavities. It’s vital to check for mould as it can lead to respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, burning eyes, blurred vision, coughing, sore throat, skin irritation, aches and pains, fever, and headaches. Give us a call at (403) 651-0214 to arrange a roof inspection.
What happens if my roof isn’t properly ventilated?
Proper roof ventilation is important for temperature and moisture control. It can even help you reduce heating and cooling costs! Inadequate ventilation, however, can cause your roof deck to warp and become spongy, even rotten. Additionally, adhesives used in the plywood can deteriorate, mould can grow, and frost can form on the bottom of the roof deck, leading to rotting.
What are some basic roof maintenance tips?
We recommend these simple tips, performed twice per year, to extend the life of your roof and protect it from water damage:

  • Clean debris from your roof – including behind vents, chimneys, and skylights.
  • Clean all gutters of leaves and other debris, and unplug downspouts.
  • Cut back tree branches that extend over your roof.
  • Repair any rusty spots on metal valleys using a wire brush and metal paint.

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