It’s officially fall and the days are growing shorter and getting cooler. With another Alberta winter on the horizon, we recommend an exterior inspection of your roof system before the snow arrives.  Your roof is the main component in protecting your home from water damage and an annual inspection could prevent a small problem from turning into a winter emergency.

The weather in Southern Alberta can be interesting (to say the least) and the chinook winds we experience can cause high winds and extreme temperature changes.  If your gutters are clogged or your shingles are loose/lifting, these weather changes may be the recipe for an leak.

We recommend the following eight steps be completed during an inspection of your roof system:

1. Inspect

Your roof should be inspected for missing, loose, cracked, broken, curling, lifting, or otherwise damaged shingles.  Some of these issues may be visible from ground level, but others will require a closer look from on top of the roof.

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2. Replace

Any issues with your shingles or shakes should be addressed right away.  You can replace damaged shingles/shakes if it is a minor issue and the original shingle can be matched.

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3. Re-Seal

Caulk around flashings, vents, chimney stacks and anywhere else that may have been caulked previously. Even though new shingles often come with a lifetime warranty, most waterproofing products are rated to last only 5 years.

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4. Remove

Cut back/trim tree branches at least 2 feet from the roof and gutters. It only takes one branch rubbing your roof in the wind to cause damage to shingles.  Trimming trees can also reduce the amount of debris that collects in your gutters.

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5. Clean

Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned seasonally of all debris. Clogged gutters can cause standing water and in the winter months it can freeze and cause damage to the roofing system, gutters, soffit, fascia, siding and even your foundation.

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6. Target

Ensure downpipe extensions are directed 5 feet from the foundation. Pooling water around the foundation of your home can cause serious damage.

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7. Ventilate

Have your attic inspected for balanced ventilation. In the winter months, an overheated attic will lead to excess moisture causing damage to the attic and roofing system.  See our page on Ventilation for more information on this complex system.

 

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8. Insulate

Your attic should have the proper R value to effectively guard against heat loss, which is the leading cause of ice damming and attic condensation problems.      

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Do you think your roof system is in need of a inspection? Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors offers a free roof inspection and can provide a roof tune-up to address minor issues.

Have a question you would like answered?  Contact Us using our online submission form, send an e-mail to [email protected], or leave us a comment below.

Consider this…
Even If you have an insurance claim for your residence, you can still select the company of your choice to do the replacement.
Mostly due to the beautiful mountains to the west, we live in a hail, wind, and storm affected area. This means some roofs in our area will more then likely need to be changed approximately every 10 years, compared to others in less affected areas roughly every 20 years. This being said some insurance companies refuse to cover roofs that are over ten years in age. Therefore it is advisable to read your insurance policy carefully.
Some renovation companies see hail storms as quick money. This is when buyer beware comes into play. Calgary is a booming city. A city known to have some spending money. So it’s no surprise that new roofing companies or “fly by night’s” as we call them pop up in a day and are knocking on your door.
You home is your investment. Protect that investment by choosing a reputable company that has been in business in Calgary for many years. I can remember about ten year ago Calgary had about 70 roofing companies, well just over the these last few years there been a influx there is now over 300. This has happened in the past after storms, and I know from experience that almost all of these pop up companies will be gone in the next year or sooner. So the bottom line is, if it seems like to good of a deal? It is!
At Hubbard Roofing and Exteriors we have been in Calgary the last 30 years. We’ve been through the many patterns of weather. Seen the pop up companies come and go, and all to often we even clean up after them. Our family of accomplished trade installers have continued with us throughout the years. And are always training the next generation of professional installers to come. At Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors we plan on being around for a long time to come.
So call us for your free inspection or estimate weather it’s insurance or not we are certified Inspectors, and would love to supply you with the finest in our industry.