Roofing & Exteriors: Repairs and Replacement

Have you been considering repairing or replacing your aging roof, siding or fascia system to better protect your family, your home and your greatest investment?

Here are 3 Steps to quickly help determine if you should have your home professionally inspected!

1) Age And Type. Do you know how old it is, what condition does it appear to be in ? The longer any of these barrier systems has been sitting in the elements, the more likely it may need to be looked at, fixed or replaced. What type of material is it comprised of ? The type of system used can help determine if you need to repair or replace it. You will find that many houses have old systems that have outlived their life expectancy and many of these are at a point where they are failing already. Some older systems decay quickly and may not even reach their life expectancy, others loose their color, become brittle or crack and break. Heat, cold, wind and weather will all play a key role in helping to deteriorate and break down your existing systems ability to protect your home. Hail is particularly damaging and can often leave massive holes compromising your homes integrity and almost always leading to long term damage such as mold, rot and massive repair bills.

2) Visuals. Do an inspection yourself. Look for holes, cracks, lifting, curling and missing pieces, broken or worn and weathered spots. look for stains as they can indicate places water is consistently reaching. Faded, decaying or weathered sections may indicate that you need a professional inspection to help determine the extent of the damage. Check your eavetroughs for loose debris and pieces as this can help determine the condition of your home. With metal systems, look for rusty or missing bolts and make sure you inspect all caps and wall joints closely. Any "Dead" locations where water has a hard time draining properly should also be closely inspected for damage and leaks.

3) Valleys and Penetrations. These are critical points in the "shield" that your protective system provides, any chinks in the armor can often be found in or near these locations. Inspect your valleys, the part of the roof system that joins 2 separate panels in a shallow V, they may be metal or shingled. Look for rust, holes, broken or worn material, cracks and stains. Inspect your roof vents, whirly birds, plumbing flashings, chimneys, and skylights for cracks and potential leaks as these are all examples of the various penetrations that you may find on a roof and often home to leaks. Look for buildups of black roof cement or tar, especially around chimneys and penetrations as it is prone to shrivel up as it dry's out. It is often used for "quick" fixes and could indicate that a more permanent solution is needed.

4) Expert Advice. If you know or suspect your roofing or exterior protection system may be malfunctioning or failing, it may be in your best interest to seek a professional opinion. Most companies offer free estimates and will be more than happy to discuss the condition of your current system as well as the benefits of a new system. Whether you're looking for a quote, a repair or just some how-to advice you can trust, give the experts at RubiX a call !

For a strong, durable roof contact the team at RubiX Roofing & Contracting in Lethbridge. We offer quality workmanship for roofing repairs and installations. Contact us today for more information.

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