A Canadian roof lasts an average of 15 to 20 years. However, this varies largely depending on the quality of the roof itself. In case of rapid deterioration, it’s important to replace this essential structure of your home. Here are some tips to learn to recognize the wear and tear signs and to know whether you should only maintain or completely replace your roof.
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Cracks and leaks
Cracks and leaks will naturally appear on your roof after some years. Due to climate hazards that may worsen your roof’s state, it is strongly recommended to check for cracks and leaks in your roof. To better identify them, you should inspect your roof once or twice a year (either on your own or with a professional), especially if you want to keep it optimal for as long as possible. Once the paint begins to peel off, watch for leaks. The deterioration of the shingles can also cause water infiltration. Although the damage may be minimal, it is better to hire a roofer to help you restore the torn elements.
Mould is yet another sign of wear on your roof. Over time, the dirt that accumulates on the roof will contain a significant number of fungi. These fungi can be lodged in every corner of the shingles and could tarnish the structure with dark vertical lines. Asphalt roofs are mostly affected by mould. The fungi feed on the limestone constituting the roof, thus accelerating its deterioration. Take advice from a professional and take regular care of this kind of roof to prevent the apparition of fungi. That said, as time promotes their development, the need to replace the roof can impose itself.
Water stains on your ceiling
Once signs of moisture appear, including water stains on the ceiling, change your roof as soon as possible. This moisture comes from leaks in the roof, often caused by the deterioration of the roof. At this point, the repair will only temporarily mitigate the damage.
Seek the professionals to address roof damage
Although the tips in this article can help you better understand what can potentially cause harm and long-term damage to your roof, it’s advised that you consult an expert to assess roof damage for you. A professional in the field will know exactly what to look for and will be equipped with the correct safety tools and measures to ensure there are no accidents.
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