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.

Roof Repair Versus Roof Replacement for Shingle Roofs

Over time, all roofs sustain some form of damage. The level of damage generally depends on the roof’s age and/or exposure to bad weather conditions, but eventually, this damage will require attention. In some cases, repairs may not be enough, while in others, a replacement may be too much. This means you will need to know when to repair and when to replace. Below are four factors that could point you in the right direction.


Hidden Damage to the Sheathing or Roof Deck

If you simply replace some shingles or repair certain parts of your roof, you won’t get a good idea of the total damage. A leak or damage in one area isn’t indicative of the health of your entire roof. But, it could be indicative of major problems. A full inspection is the only way to detect major problems. This means the shingles will have to be removed and the sheathing or deck will have to be inspected.

If major damage is detected, the deck should be repaired and lined with a protective, weather-resistant layer. Repairs of this magnitude require a roof replacement. However, if your roof is leaking along flashing points, then the leak is isolated, and only a repair is required.


The Age of the Roof

When deciding between roof repair or replacement, the age of the roof is one of the most important factors. Generally, roofs last between 15 to 25 years. A lightly damaged roof that’s under the age of 15 should only require spot repairs. On the other hand, a roof over the age of 20 should definitely be replaced. For roofs between the ages of 15 and 20, the overall condition of the roof should be the deciding factor. If you’re unsure, call an Edmonton roofing expert like Crest Roofing & Co. to inspect your roof, assess the damage and determine how age could affect your decision. We will recommend the best solution after the assessment.


How Long You Will Live in the House

If you only plan to live in your house for a few years, you should generally consider roof repair over replacement. However, you must also consider the condition of the roof. Repairs can save money, but they’re a short-term solution. No matter how long you’re planning to live in a home, if your roof is in bad condition, repairs won’t be enough. On the other hand, if your roof is damaged but the overall condition is still good, repair is always the best solution.


Homeowner’s Insurance Discounts

Replacing your roof with high-quality materials could garner insurance discounts. Many insurance companies offer reduced rates for roofs made of high-quality weather and/or fire-resistant materials. Just ask your roofing contractors, check your policy and contact your insurance provider before your roof is replaced. That said, homeowner’s insurance discounts are no reason to get your roof replaced when it doesn’t need to be.

The health of your roof is something you should not take lightly. If you’re concerned about your roof but are unsure as to whether it needs a repair or a total replacement, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation.

Why is it important to remove snow from your roof?

Removing snow from your roof is one way of making sure that you will not have to repair your roof once winter is gone. Generally, snow should be removed once it forms a layer of about 6 inches on the roof.

The reason why this method works is that it prevents excessive build up of ice on the roof and also prevents the formation of ice dams. Less snow means that less stress is applied on the roof and this helps prevent roof damage.

Here are some other reasons why snow removal is so important:

To prevent blocked vents and formation of ice dams 

Snow does not flow like water, hence it will settle on the roof. If the snow fall is consistent, it means that it will completely cover the roof surface. If this continues to happen every time it snows, and if you fail to have it removed, you will end up with blocked vents. This will affect the ventilation of your ceiling space (or attic) and the furnace heat in your home will create condensation above your ceiling, which could lead to damage down the road.

local-snow-removal-services-companyTo prevent damaged to eavestroughs

Eavestroughs play a functional role during rainy weather as they provide a channel for water to drain off your roof to the main drainage system. If snow is allowed to accumulate during winter, it ends filling the eavestroughs making them heavy, and in some cases, breaking them.

This then means that during the rainy season, water will not be channeled to the main drainage system. The water that the roof sheds off will fall along the foundation of your house, and as it gets absorbed, it leads to basement leaking. Where the intensity of the rain is high, the leaking may develop and cause basement flooding.

In addition, damaged eavestroughs ruin the appearance of your home. This is just another reason why you need to get rid of the snow before it accumulates to a level that will cause these complications.

To keep excess weight off your roof

The structure of your roof is designed in such a way that it has the ideal amount of weight that it can hold comfortably. Any excess of the ideal weight stresses the roof and increases the chances of the structure of the roof getting damaged. Very heavy snow weights can cause so much pressure to the roof that it caves in. This ruins the structure of your home not to mention the fact that your household items will be damaged.

In the worst case scenario, the caving can cause injury to your family and you!

Why doesn’t Crest Roofing require money up front?

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More and more roofing contractors are asking for a down payment before starting their roofing work. The deposit amount can be anywhere from 10 to 50 percentage of the total roofing cost.

Crest Roofing in Edmonton does not require any money up front!

When you go about hiring a roofing contractor for any type of roofing job, they should be a roofing company that has been around long enough and solvent enough to have good credit standing with the suppliers.

Crest Roofing is successful and financially stable enough that we don’t depend on money up front for new roof work to be done. I have enough cash (and credit) available to buy supplies and pay my employees to get started.

Paying deposits and paying chunks of money in advance as the how to roof contractor goes along means you are giving up a lot of leverage if problems develop.

At least this way if the contractor walks off the job, goes under, or otherwise, you are the rightful owner of all new roof materials on site.

We want your roof roofing job to be as comfortable as possible for you. The last thing you need to worry about is someone running away with your money.

Crest Roofing Edmonton completes many large a roofing jobs, without requiring money to get started, and we ensure our customers are completely satisfied with their new roof!

Is Crest Roofing covered by WCB?

Crest Roofing & Co, a professional roofing company in Edmonton, Alberta is definitely covered by the Workers Compensation Board (WCB).

It is unlawful in the province of Alberta to do contract roofing work without a WCB account. WCB actually protects the home owner or building owner so in case of an accidental injury as a result of your roof work, the injured roofing worker cannot hold the home owner accountable.

The information below is as provided by WCB Alberta is listed here for your convenience for when we show you how to roof; you can also find it on their website.

You can request clearances or monitor a roofing subcontractor; you have two options:

  • Sign up for my WCB
  • Request a clearance without signing in

Your responsibility for contractors is as follows:

If you hire companies (for example to put on a new roof) you are responsible for their workers’ compensation insurance unless they:

  • have their own valid WCB account,
  • are operating as a limited or incorporated company, or
  • are performing the work as:
  • an employer in that industry,

What is a clearance?

A clearance is a letter from WCB that states that a roof contractor’s account is in good standing, clearing you of liability should the contractor default on premiums. A clearance letter also authorizes you to release final payment on a specified contract.

Who needs a clearance?

If the companies you hire for the roof have their own WCB accounts it is your responsibility to ensure that the accounts are in good standing. A clearance fulfills this responsibility, relieving you of liability for your contractor’s premiums.

When is a clearance required?

A clearance is required when a company you hire for the roof has a WCB account. You should obtain a clearance prior to releasing any payments to the companies you hire.

Why am I responsible for my contractor’s unpaid premiums?

Holding you responsible for unpaid premiums ensures WCB’s insurance fund is maintained at a sufficient level to pay worker benefits. Using clearances ensures that each employer contributes their fair share.