Your roof is the first line of defense to keep water out of your Calgary home and should be treated as an important part of your exterior system.  A roof leak can be caused by several factors including:

  • the age of your roof
  • the way it was installed
  • how your home is venting, and
  • the lack of maintenance– all of which can be addressed and avoided.

If you suspect your Calgary home has a leaky roof, or is due for a replacement, don’t wait, book a free inspection today.

AGE OF YOUR ROOF

An aging roof is the most common reason it will spring a leak, so we put it at the top of the list.  A new roof is not usually considered an exciting purchase, so many people will try to extend the life of it as long as possible, even when they can see obvious signs of wear.

Although roofing materials are being manufactured to last longer than ever, the weather takes a toll on them every single day.  If you can see that your shingles have lost their granules, are missing pieces, have cracks, or are curling, the time has come to schedule an inspection.

There are many parts of your roof system that are not visible from the ground, and it is important to have it inspected yearly to ensure it is not at risk of leaking and causing damage to the inside of your home.

INSTALLATION

If not installed correctly the first time, your roof could cause years of headaches down the road.  Given that some shingle manufacturers include “how-to” instructions on their packages it might seem like a straightforward job, but it isn’t.  There are many things to consider such as, underlayment, rotten plywood, shingle exposure, flashing, valleys, etc.

Ensure you get the best job the first time so you can have the peace of mind of knowing your home is protected. Do you research to find a reputable company that provides you with a detailed quote and takes the time to answer any questions you have.  The cheapest roof replacement quote may seem appealing, but this almost always a “get what you pay for” industry with companies opening and closing on a yearly basis.

VENTILATION

Ventilation is an important part of your roof system and proper ventilation can help extend the life of your roof.  The best time to address ventilation is during a roof replacement because it is easiest to add ventilation, check that vents are properly connected, assess the health of the wood that supports the shingles, and have the attic inspected.

A house that isn’t venting properly can have several issues including attic rain and ice damming, which are common complaints from homeowners in Calgary and surrounding areas.  Another cause of excess condensation/moisture in the home is when the vents

MAINTENANCE

Your roof should be part of your homes yearly maintenance schedule and should be tuned-up regularly to avoid an unexpected leak.

Maintenance should include:

  • Resealing valleys, pipes, vents, skylights and flashings
  • Replacing any damaged or missing shingles
  • Caulking any exposed nails/screws, and
  • Assess the overall health of the roof
  • Trim low hanging branches
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and ensure water is flowing freely

We are so excited to reveal this exterior home makeover in the community of Woodbine (Calgary, AB).

The homeowners were amazing to work with and we love the vision they had for their home.  The bulk of this reno took about 6 weeks with a custom door adding an additional 2 weeks on to the project.

Roof Line

The project started with the addition of gables which changed the roofline and modernized the home.

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Gable

A gable is the triangular part of a house’s exterior wall that supports a pointed or peaked roof. 

Houses and buildings with pitched roofs have front-facing or side-facing gables — or often, both.  The shape and structure of these pointed gables help support a house’s roof and give the building a architectural style

Roof Replacement

The original grey 3-tab shingles were replaced with IKO Cambridge Architectural Shingles in dual black.  These shingles have deep shadow bands which give the roof a multi-dimensional appearance.  All of our asphalt shingles are “storm nailed” which means we use 6 nails instead of 4 for better performance in high winds.

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Siding

James Hardie fiber cement siding was used to replace the original vinyl siding.  The color of the 8.25” HardiePlank is Timber Bark which beautifully highlights the soft texture of the siding that is designed to mimic wood.  The siding is engineered with long-lasting ColorPlus Technology and comes with a 30-Year Limited Warranty.

All the trims are HardieTrim Boards 5/4 Roughsawn.  The trim has a genuine wood grain texture to add distinction to the home with unmatched performance.  The color of the trim is Monterey Taupe which is a beautiful accent color for the Timber Bark siding.

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Soffit & Fascia

The updated fascia is Gentek’s 8” ribbed aluminum in Canyon Clay.  Soffits include both vented and non vented 4-panel in Canyon Clay to match the fascia.

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Soffit Facts from Gentek – “Properly installed soffit provides essential ventilation and air circulation to reduce excess moisture that can cause rotting and decay of the roof’s structure. It promotes directional air movement through the eaves and rafters of your home, helping it to stay in great shape both inside and out.”

Eavestroughs/Gutters

New 5” aluminum seamless gutters were installed in Canyon Clay to match the soffit and fascia.  The homeowners also requested an Alu-Rex Premium Gutter Clean System which is a rain gutter leaf guard that is attached to the top of the gutter to catch leaves and other debris while still allowing water to pass through.

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Stone Accents

The stone is called Banff Springs and beautifully compliments the dark wood tones of the front door and garage.  We always encourage homeowners to visit local stone suppliers in person to see the true color and texture of the stone they are interested in.

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Windows

The windows are part of Gentek’s Regency line which combine classic beauty, enduring strength and easy upkeep with maximum energy savings.  Gentek has several glass packages available and the homeowners chose a high performance, triple glazed, EnergyPlus 3DK window with an ER Rating of 38.  This is the highest ER rating available which maximizes the benefits of natural or radiant heat known as “Solar Heat Gain”.

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Thank you to this wonderful family for choosing Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors to complete the work on your beautiful home.

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