With every roofing project that we take on, we always work hard to make sure our customers are happy and satisfied with the work that we do. A big part of that is making sure they understand the reasoning behind why we do things a certain way or educating them on the differences between the products we select. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions that we’ve received over the years. If there is a question you have that is not listed below, feel free to contact us!
What are the signs that I need a new roof?
The longevity of your roof is dependent on many factors. Generally, a typical roof will last between 20 to 25 years. If your existing shingle is older and have never been replaced, you should be on the look out for any defects. If your shingles show signs of curling, buckling or any dark spots or trails, you may also need a new roof. Missing shingles also indicate that your roof is defective.
If in doubt, please call us to get a professional opinion about the state of your existing roof. Call 807-548-2811 in the Kenora area or 204-237-5401 in the Winnipeg area, or fill out our online estimate form.
What are ice dams? How can they be avoided?
Ice dams occur when there is constant thawing and freezing of melting snow. Ice dams are typically found in the areas closest to the edge or eavestrough on the roof. When snow melts, the water will run down and collect at the edge of the roof. If it cannot be drained properly, the water will freeze when the temperatures drops. When this process happens over and over again, an “ice dam” will be created at the edge of the roof and the ice will continue to build upwards towards the peak of the roof, causing potential damage to the roofing product.
Ice dams are caused by inadequate attic ventilation or insufficient attic insulation, both resulting in a warmer attic space, natural sunlight melting the snow or just naturally occuring ice accumulation due to weather conditions.
Tips to avoid ice dams:
- Increase the number of roof vents as a means of improving attic ventilation
- A perfect balance between intake and exhaust vents will help to keep the attic cool
- If inadequate insulation is the culprit, lower the humidity level in your home
- Improving insulation and ensuring proper ventilation will keep the attic space cool
Should I repair or replace my roof?
This will depend on the composition and age of your roof. If it is a standard shingle variety approaching 20 years of age, chances are it is time for a new roof. If there is no documentation as to the age of the roof, visually inspect the shingles for loss of granules, fracturing, or curling of roof material.
A leak is usually the first indicator that something needs to be fixed. Leaks are not always obvious, nor are they necessarily located directly under the section where the ceiling is dripping. Water seeping in from the roof often travels along rafters and studs to a low point, causing discolored spots on the ceiling and walls some distance from the leak. Sometimes even a musty smell may indicate a roof-related problem.
What factors should I consider before choosing a new roof?
Two major factors to consider when selecting roofing materials are appearance and longevity. Selecting the appropriate color and style of roofing material can increase the home’s curb appeal. Warranties can range from 25 years to lifetime, depending on the shingle and the manufacturer. Ask us for more specific details on warranties.
How can I prolong the life of my roof?
It is important to keep gutters free of debris and to clean leaves and other materials from chimney flashing, vents, and valleys. Keep the roof clear of anything that might work its way under shingles or flashing and cause them damage. Trim tree branches that might scrape or fall on the roof, and keep an eye on the condition of the roofing material as it ages.
Why is it important to make sure the contractor has their own insurance?
If a roofing company is not properly insured, the homeowner or the homeowner’s insurance company becomes liable for personal injury claims and damages to the home. Reputable roofing companies, like REMR Roofing, carry workers’ compensation for injured workers and adequate levels of liability coverage. This insurance must be renewed anually, so be sure to ask if their insurance is up to date.
What is done to protect my property during the roofing process?
All grounds and surrounding area of your home will be treated with utmost care before, during and after installation process. We take care to protect your property and throroughly clean up when we have completed our work. REMR Roofing will dispose of old material in a manner that provides accessibility without causing any damage to grass or driveway.