8 signs that you may need to replace your roof

Roofs can reach the end of their useful life without experiencing roof failure. This is unlikely in our Canadian weather, but it may happen. A roof may reach its end and just look old and worn and you keep it going with preventive maintenance and proper care. However, it is important not to delay replacing your old roof when it shows clear signs of wear as this could easily lead to larger and costlier problems in the future.

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Is it possible to fix your roof during winter?

Many Guelph roofers and Cambridge roofers claim it is not possible to fix your roof in winter. Citing risks, poor workmanship or other ideas, these contractors say you must wait until summer to improve your home. However, at Empire Roofing & Exteriors we have done roof repairs during winter and done so successfully, ensuring a long-lasting life to the roofing systems we fixed and installed.

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Preparing your roof for Canadian winters

As you may be aware, different seasons have different impacts on your roofing system. That’s why when we build a roof we make sure to put in place protections against the sun, wind, rain and snow. With improper installations or damaged roofs, ice and snow accumulated on your roof may seep through and cause significant damage to your roofing system and your home.

When it comes to enduring the effects of the harsher seasons, your home’s roof takes the hit. Being exposed to the elements, roofs are in fact there to take the brunt of the weather and protect you and your family from damage.

Your roof suffers from the sun exposure in the summer, rain and storms in the fall and snow and hail in the winter. We need to consider all these different risks when we plan, because when the weather changes, so do the hazards.

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Protecting Your Roof From Bad Weather

Your roof is always the most exposed part of your home. Sun exposure, hail, rain and heavy winds are the leading reasons for Guelph roofing and property damage.

There are some visible signs of damage due to weather, including missing or torn shingles. However, there are other issues that could cause a great deal of damage on your home’s interior that are not as obvious.

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Basic Guelph Roof Maintenance

Whether because there was a premature roof failure or a windstorm damaged it, every year many homeowners replace their roof. That’s why Guelph roofing professionals recommend doing an in-depth inspection on your roof at least once a year.

A preventive maintenance program is as simple as a checklist of scheduled roof inspections and whatever corrective actions are taken. The goal is to keep roof repair costs under control and maximize the life expectancy of your roofing system.

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The Different Elements of a New Roof in Guelph and Cambridge

Understanding the different materials and components of a roof is very important, regardless of whether you are doing a residential roof replacement or a new roof installation on a new home. A roof replacement is one of the most important investments a Guelph or Cambridge homeowner can make because a new roof doesn’t just improve how your home looks, but it also increases energy efficiency and adds significant value to your home. Additionally, a new roof provides an excellent return on investment, increased comfort and perhaps more importantly, increased safety. However, before you start replacing your roof, it is good to take the time to research and learn about the different components of a roof, as well as the roofing materials options available. Below, you will find some useful information to get you started.

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Why Do New Roof Installations Fail?

It is quite frustrating when you invest in a new roof and your large investment fails. At Empire Roofing & Exteriors we understand your frustration. Often, we meet customers who had their roofs installed by another roofing contractor and are astonished as to why their recently installed roof is showing problems, particularly because new roofs are expected to last between 15 to 20 years or even longer. Having a new roof installed is an important investment, one that gives a 60-70% ROI according to several reports and studies. However, because new roofs are a large investment, it is very important that installation is done right, every time.

Regardless, it would be helpful to you to know why new roofs fail, by learning to identify some of the more common reasons why this happens. To help you avoid falling victim to a botched roof install, we present you four reasons why new roofs fail.

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Is it time to replace your roof?

Most people believe that a roof should be replaced when it starts leaking or when there is visible damage to your roof. There is however more to look out for. Interestingly, it is best to replace your roofing system before it starts leaking.

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