How to Get Your Roof Ready for the Fall

Late summer is always the best time to start preparing your home for the fall and winter. With the fall so close, now is the time to prepare for another Canadian winter, and an inspection is the best way to ensure your roof is protected. Below are a few of the roof structures and other potential issues you should have inspected before the fall.

Gaps or Cracks on the Roof

During the summer, harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, high temperatures and thunderstorms can cause hidden damage to your roof. This damage is usually evidenced by cracking or ‘shifting.’ Exposure to harmful UV rays and extreme heat can cause roof materials to rapidly expand and contract, leading to shifting or cracking. Cracks or gaps cause leakage that allows water to enter your home. Moisture leakage causes water damage to your home and roof.

The Eavestrough

A clogged eavestrough won’t drain properly, leading to frequent overflows. Overflowing water can cause leaking and damage to the siding, foundation and other structural elements of a house. Have the eavestrough checked for clogs or potential hazards, cleaned and cleared of leaves, branches and debris.

The Shingles

Shingles are at the top of every roof inspection checklist. Although a shingle inspection can be done from the ground, a thorough inspection includes climbing on the roof. From the ground, your contractor can check for visible signs of damage, e.g. hail damage or look out for fallen or missing shingles. On the roof, your residential roofing contractor can inspect for cracks and other shingle damage, as well as loose tiles.

Seals on the Roofing System

Sealant is used to seal many structures on a roofing system, including chimneys, pipes and skylights. Inclement weather  can cause wear and damage to these seals, and worn or damaged seals can crack and form passageways for water to flow into your home or other structures on the roof. During your fall roof inspection, make sure your roofer checks all the seals surrounding the roof and on any of your roof’s structures.

Protect your home this fall and winter with a roof inspection from Crest Roofing. When it comes to residential roofing, we’re equipped to provide you with a thorough assessment and the expert advice you need to make informed decisions about repairing and/or replacing your roof. Call us today!

How a Roof Inspection or Repair Benefits Your Business and Its Insurance Policy

When it comes to commercial buildings, improvements and repairs not only raise the value of the building but also help to provide a positive impression for the company that owns the building. A roof inspection will make you aware of its current condition and will bring any needed repairs to your attention. Fixing any issues in a timely manner will pay off in more ways than one – here’s how:

Prevents Severe Damage

Routine roof inspections can help identify small issues before they grow into larger ones. You should always repair these minor issues promptly to prevent severe damage, leaking or structural issues. For example, broken, cracked or missing roof tiles, shingles or flashing are all minor issues that can affect other roof structures and create major problems if left unchecked. Widespread minor damage that’s left unrepaired, over time, can also be disastrous. That said, widespread minor damage is still better than severe localized damage. To prevent damage that could lead to replacement and negatively impact your insurance premium, have your commercial roof inspected at least once a year and after any severe weather season.

Secures Your Business Insurance Policy

Business insurance policies can be complex, but the more your business has to offer, the more your insurance policy will give. Therefore, you should look to improve your business in any way, including improving your commercial property. Repairing the roof, especially visible signs of damage, can reduce the cost of your insurance. To the insurance provider, a strong, safe roof or building structure is indicative of a strong, safe business, which is more insurable. Your roof should be repaired at the first sign of damage, but especially when you’re renewing your business insurance policy. To improve your policy or secure a better rate, repair visible and underlying damage and remove any mold or mildew.

Extend the Life of Your Roof

Depending on the type of roof, the materials used and the quality of the installation, a roof can quite literally last decades. With regular maintenance, the right materials and prompt, proper repairs, you can extend the life of a commercial roof. In fact, inspections and subsequent repairs by a commercial roofing company, like Crest Roofing, is the best way to protect your investment. Routine repairs can also combat moisture buildup that could lead to pooling, leaking and even roof buckling.

Wondering about the health of your roof? Contact us today to schedule an inspection!

Deciding When to Repair or Replace Your Flat Roof

Flat roofs can last from at least 10 to 25 years and, in some cases, up to as much as 40 years, depending upon the materials that were used and the quality of the workmanship. Unfortunately, like other types of roofs, flat roofs can experience their fair share of problems within that timeframe. Susceptibility to the elements makes leaking and other issues more common, but a leak isn’t a cause for alarm unless your roof is more than 10 years old or frequently exposed to inclement weather. Frequent leaks and subsequent damage can raise the alarm and turn a repair into a replacement. This isn’t always the case, however, so you will need to know when to repair and when to replace. Below are a few considerations that could help you make the right decision:

Old Roof Materials

Roof materials (e.g. flashing) don’t last as long as the roof itself. And the lifespan of these materials often depends on their quality. However, not all materials last as long as they should. Poor maintenance and severe weather can reduce their lifespan and effectiveness. If your roof is damaged, an expert should first assess your roof materials. This assessment will help the expert determine the age of the materials used and, therefore, whether your roof should be repaired or replaced. Just keep in mind that frequent leaks are a sign of wear and severely dated roof materials.

An Improperly Installed Roof

It’s not uncommon for a flat roof to be improperly or incorrectly installed. An incorrect installation can cause numerous problems, including improper draining and damage to the roof system. Ventilation, flashing, membrane and more may be susceptible to cracking, tearing and blistering. Moreover, improper draining can lead to standing or pooling water, which may cause leakage and buckling over time. In this case, repair isn’t an option, the roof must be replaced. For an excellent and proper flat roof replacement, call a reputable commercial roofing company like Crest Roofing.

Severe Roof Damage

Just because a roof has widespread damage, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be replaced. Widespread minor damage can simply be repaired without causing subsequent damage. On the other hand, concentrated severe damage can be too risky to repair, and widespread damage paired with old roof materials is cause for a roof replacement. The best course of action is to have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor.

Are you concerned about your flat roof? Call us to schedule an inspection today! Looking for information on another type of roofing system? Check out our other blog posts or give us a call!

Protecting Your Roof in the Summer

Contrary to popular belief, roofs can be just as susceptible to damage in the summer as they are in the winter. During this time, your roof may be vulnerable to sun damage and dangerous winds, hail or rain from summer storms. This summer, take some precautions to protect your roof. The key is knowing the warning signs and contacting a roofer as soon as damage is detected.

 

Do Early and Late Summer Inspections

It can be beneficial to check your roof for damage at the beginning and end of the summer. These inspections can help safeguard against the inclement weather of the coming seasons. Plus, early detection can protect against further damage. This effectively prevents small repairs from becoming major repairs. Have your roof checked for missing, worn or damaged shingles, gutters or flashing, water leakage and hail damage. Make sure the roofer checks the exterior and interior of the roof for structural issues, the drains and gutters for proper drainage and the ceiling and walls for signs of water damage.

 

Always Inspect After a Major Storm

Major storms can cause major damage, especially when they’re accompanied by strong wind and hail, so it’s important to check for roof damage after inclement weather. Thunderstorms and tornadoes can be sudden and brutal, not only causing immediate damage, but also leaving your roof at risk.  These storms damage trees surrounding your home, leading to branches or even the trees themselves falling onto your roof and causing major structural damage. They can also crack domes or skylights. Additionally, hail cracks or break shingles, as well as clogs gutters. Finally, high winds can blow shingles away or blow debris into your gutters or drains. Although checking your roof after a storm can’t prevent damage, it can help you detect damage early, forgo major, costly repairs and guard against additional damage.

 

Check for Sun Damage

Of course, summer is the sunniest season and roofs don’t have any protection from the sun, making them especially vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Fortunately, regular inspections can help manage sun damage. Near the end of the summer, have your roof checked for obvious signs of damage, including, warping, fading and chipping on the shingles, flashing and other structures. Any reputable roofing contractor Edmonton has to offer should be able to fix this damage quickly, efficiently and affordably.

 

Concerned about your roof and how it will fair this summer? Give us a call for an inspection or to quote a roof repair or replacement.

Why You Should Always Hire a Roofing Contractor

Fixing or replacing a roof is a big job. It’s complex, time-consuming and labour-intensive. It stands to reason that most roofing jobs are done by teams of trained roofers, but some homeowners mistakenly attempt to take roofing jobs into their own hands. For homeowners without experience, this can be dangerous, expensive and cause more damage. So, before you waste time and money, consider some of the reasons you should always hire a professional roofer for a repair or replacement.

 

It’s Dangerous

Working on a roof is risky and unstable, especially for untrained individuals. Every minute you spend on a roof you’re risking a dangerous fall that could result in serious injury or worse. Unlike roofers, homeowners aren’t aware of roofing safety standards or precautions and don’t have access to commercial safety equipment. This makes them more vulnerable to injury and can make a roofing job even more dangerous. To keep yourself safe, simply call a roofer at the first sign of damage.

 

Roofers are Experienced

Most homeowners don’t have the expertise to accurately diagnose issues with their roofs. So, they may misdiagnose these issues as being better or worse than they are. If you improperly repair your roof the first time, it will require subsequent repair. However, residential roofing contractors, like Crest Roofing, are trained, experienced professionals. They can inspect your roof and accurately diagnose roof damage and other issues. An accurate, thorough inspection is one of the major reasons you should call a roofer as soon as damage is spotted. A licensed professional will properly assess the damage and immediately create a plan for repair, such as what tools are needed, how much material is needed, how long the project will take, etc.

 

Hiring a Roofing Contractor Saves Time

Roof repair and/or replacement can take a lot of time, especially when performed by a non-professional. Non-professionals don’t know how to lay out roofing projects, which includes planning each phase of the project. This planning includes scheduling and time management. Plus, roofing is obviously a professional roofer’s job, and they dedicate a proper amount of time to each of their projects. Plus, after years of performing roof replacements and repairs, they will be much more efficient, as well.

 

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What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

The roof is one of the most important structures of the home. So, when it needs to be repaired or replaced, you should only trust a reputable, certified roofing contractor. Finding a reputable, qualified roofer can be more difficult than you think, but there are certain guidelines that can help you find the best roofer possible. These guidelines include:

  • Membership and participation in professional associations
  • A physical address and valid contact information
  • Valid references
  • The ability to provide a contract and warranty

Membership and Participation in Professional Associations

Reputable contractors are certified and members of professional associations. A roofing business should be registered with several associations, including:

  • Trade associations or national and local roofing contractor associations (e.g. National Roofing Contractors Association or the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association)
  • Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Membership with these associations can establish reputability. It can’t, however, establish the quality of a contractor’s service, so pay attention to a contractor’s standing with these associations. They should especially be in good standing with the BBB and WCB. Additionally, check for complaints or other issues with the contractor. Membership to some of these associations is crucial to service quality. For example, registration with the WCB can establish that your roofer is following industry insurance guidelines, they have liability insurance and offer insurance on their products and contractors.

A Physical Address and Valid Contact Information

Every serious company should have a physical address and valid contact information. Even though roofing contractors don’t work in an office, a permanent business address can help provide proof of their validity. Plus, it can make it easier to reach the contractor if you need future service. Valid contact information and dedicated customer service can also make it easier for you to reach the contractor, set up service and get answers to your questions.

Valid References

Real or valid references is one of the top ways to check the quality of a contractor’s work. Satisfied customers are often willing to share their experiences with a company, so ask your roofer for references. Additionally, look for online reviews from past customers. Contact these past customers and ask questions about workmanship and service quality. Remember, these reviews should be fair and honest.

The Ability to Provide a Contract and Warranty

A reputable Edmonton roofing contractor, like Crest Roofing, will always provide a contract and guarantee for their work. Contracts are important because they provide an outline of pricing and job specifications. When working with a roofing contractor, always ask for a contract, written estimate and insurance policy. Of course, with reputable companies like our own, you won’t have to worry about these things. We provide top quality roofing at fair prices and are a great choice for roofing in Edmonton. Call us for a quote today!

Your Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

Canadian winters can be hard, especially on homes. And, during the winter, roofs take the brunt of the damage from the ice and snow. So, a springtime roof inspection is a must for every homeowner. This inspection should be performed by a professional roofing contractor, but it’s a good idea to know what it is that they will be looking for. For example, the contractor will look for a buildup of asphalt granules in the gutters, roof buckling, missing shingles and more. The damage assessment, however, will also depend on the area of the roof that’s inspected. During an inspection, for example, your roofer should check the shingles, flashing, gutters, soffit and fascia, as well as the attic and ceiling.

Shingles

The shingles are one of the most important components of your roof because they serve as your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. Shingles are thoroughly checked during a roof inspection. This is what a roof inspector is looking for:

  • A buildup of granules from the roofing material in the gutters
  • Missing or loose shingles
  • Buckling, cracking or peeling

Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is literally “the glue that holds it all together.” It connects different structures on the roof to the roof, including skylights and chimneys, but it’s also one of the key elements that  prevents moisture from seeping into the roof. During an inspection, flashing is checked for:

  • Loose fasteners
  • Rust formation
  • Dents and other damage
  • Cracked or missing caulk

Gutters

Roof gutters are often overlooked, but they’re a vital part of your roof and drainage system, and a spring inspection will ensure they’re ready to handle the rainy season. To perform properly (removing runoff), they’ll need to be cleared of grime, leaves and twigs. You can hire someone to clean your gutters or choose to do it yourself, but the gutters should be cleaned for the spring and before the roof inspection. Once the gutters are clean, your contractor will check for:

  • Proper downspout drainage (water should flow away from the home’s foundation)
  • Gutters separating from the edge of the roof
  • Leaks in the gutter seams

Soffit and Fascia

Although it may seem unimportant, the roof’s soffit and fascia should be checked during an inspection. In fact, unchecked soffits and fascia can be dangerous, as small animals can work their way into holes in the structures. The soffit and fascia should also be checked for:

  • Missing or damaged parts
  • Rotten or weak spots caused by excessive moisture

Ceiling and Attic

The ceiling and attic aren’t a part of your roof, but they can be affected by a damaged roof. Signs of damage in these areas can indicate problems that could be overlooked during the inspection. Damage your roofer will look for, includes:

  • Signs of leakage or moisture buildup, such as mold and/or mildew
  • Damaged, defective or worn insulation
  • Buckling between rafters
  • Leaking chimneys or vents

If your roof has never been inspected or you’re worried about the health of your roof after the winter, now is a great time to schedule an inspection. When it comes to residential roofing, Edmonton home owners trust Crest Roofing to provide quality workmanship and service, no matter the size of the job. Call us today.

How a New Roof Adds Value to Your Commercial Property

Most property owners know that replacing a commercial roof can be expensive, but a new roof can also add value to a property. So, instead of looking at it as an expensive burden, look at it as an investment that will pay off when the property is sold. Not to mention, replacing the old roof will prevent further property damage and help you avoid expensive repairs in the future. Frequent repairs can add up quickly and become more costly than a one-time roof replacement. Here are a few ways that a new roof can add value to your property:

Lowers Maintenance and Repair Costs

A failing roof can cause additional damage to a building. For example, leaks can lead to water damage to the ceiling and/or interior and exterior walls. Extensive moisture buildup can also cause warping, leading to leaks, gaps, and other major structural issues. Damage caused by any of these issues can call for expensive repairs. However, a roof replacement can prevent all these damaging events from happening. Maintenance on a failing roof and repairs for damaged structures can be much more expensive than a replacement. With a new roof, you won’t have to worry about future damage or the need to perform frequent maintenance.

Improves Energy Efficiency

A well-insulated roof can help improve energy efficiency, thus lowering monthly energy bills. Most old roofs aren’t properly insulated, which can increase maintenance costs on your commercial property. This can also lower your property value. Today, energy efficiency is a feature most buyers are looking for, so if your building isn’t up-to-par, you won’t get top market value. Keep in mind that the more energy efficient your property is, the more money you will make. Tax breaks and incentives are also offered for having a “green” roof or property.

Heightens Curb Appeal and Protection

It’s no secret that great curb appeal attracts more buyers. And a new roof can brighten up and draw more attention to your property. Not to mention, attracting new buyers or tenants. However, if your buyers can’t see that your roof is new, include that information in your property’s brochure, web description, and more. For most buyers or investors, a new roof screams security, reliability, protection, and less money out of their pocket. Calling one of the top commercial roofing companies Edmonton has to offer – Crest Roofing – and having a new roof installed will make your property more appealing to buyers in more ways than one.

Do you have concerns about the roof on  your commercial property? Give us a call for a free quote today!

Popular Winter Roofing Myths for Shingled Roofs

The roof is an essential part of a home, which means it can be one of the more expensive parts to repair or replace. It’s exposed and vulnerable to the elements, meaning it’s susceptible to weather damage. Although many people may not realize it, this can be especially true during the winter. Surprisingly, there are many myths surrounding shingled roofs, roofing and the winter. Below are three of those myths and the truth behind them.

Myth 1: Leaks are Less Likely During the Winter

Many homeowners believe that frozen precipitation lowers the risk of roof leaks. Although frozen, this precipitation also slowly melts, meaning moisture from snow and/or ice travels down the roof beams and into the dry wall. Melting snow is more likely to lead to a roof leak than rain. This is because roofs are designed to combat falling rain, not snow or ice. Moisture that freezes, melts or refreezes can cause more damage to your shingles, flashing and other structures on your roof. For example, ice can pull shingles apart and allow moisture to seep through.

Myth 2: Roofs Can Support Any Amount of Snow

Canadian winters can be harsh with plenty of snow, snow that could cause a roof to cave in or suffer irreparable damage. Roofs are strong enough to hold average loads, not hundreds or thousands of pounds of snow. So, there is a threshold for how much snow your roof can hold. Heavy snowfall isn’t uncommon in Canada, so be aware that the weight of it could cause severe damage to your roof and your home. The best way to combat buildup from heavy snow fall is to hire a professional to remove it from your roof.

Myth 3: Roofs Can’t Be Replaced During the Winter

This one is partially a myth; you see, while most people wait until late spring or summer to have their roofs replaced, some put off replacing a roof that is in really poor condition, only to have it obliterated by extreme winter weather. Edmonton roofing companies like our own don’t recommend replacing a shingled roof in the winter because the shingles can crack and fail to properly adhere, but replacements are possible in emergency situations. The best course of action is always to plan ahead and to have your roof replaced before the snow flies.

If you’re in need of a roof repair, don’t delay! Give us a call and let’s ensure your home or business has the protection it needs.

Why it’s Important to Have Heavy Snow and Ice Removed from Your Roof

Snow and ice buildup can damage your roof, exterior walls and more, which is why it should always be removed. However, snow and ice should only be removed by a professional and before it gets too heavy. Remember that the heavier the load, the more strain it puts on your roof. Heavy snow has even been known to cause roofs to collapse. Roof collapse is catastrophic, but there are even more reasons to prevent snow and ice from building up on your roof this winter.

Prevents Ice Dam Formation

After a snowstorm, ice dams are irritating ice ridges that can form along the edges of your roof. They pose a serious threat to your roof and your home’s structure. For example, ice dams prevent snow from falling off the roof, which can be disastrous. Heat emanating from the attic can melt the snow on your roof, and the water from this melting snow can back up and leak into your home. This can cause damage to the roof, ceiling, insulation, interior walls and floors. Because of their precarious position and the high risk of damage, ice dams should only be removed by professionals.

Protects Against Falling Icicles

It doesn’t matter if they’re large or small, falling icicles can be dangerous. They can potentially injure you, your family and your pets. Icicles on the edges of your roof can be easily removed with a roof rake, but they could also be accompanied by more ice or heavy snow. Removing them incorrectly could cause more ice or heavy snow to come tumbling down. Additionally, waiting for them to melt away could prove disastrous for your family or your roof’s flashing. So, if large or many icicles form on the edges of your roof, call a professional for immediate removal.

Prevents Moisture Damage

Heat from your home’s attic can melt the snow on your roof, but freezing temperatures can cause it to freeze before it passes through the gutters. Ice can cause gutters to collapse or clog them. So, other water from melting snow can back up and seep into your roof’s structures. For example, water can seep into the shingles and cause moisture damage to the main frame. This damage will eventually lead to small leaks and these small leaks will eventually become big leaks. If this happens, your best course of action is to call a roofer, like our trusted team at Crest Roofing. As one of the most experienced roofing companies in Edmonton, we can remove the snow safely and prevent a potentially costly and dangerous situation.