Emergency Roof Repair Situations
Most times you won’t notice your roof. You will live casually, and comfortably underneath it, never considering its needs. However, one day, your roof can have a sudden leak or has damage to it. When a roof is compromised, it can be difficult to ignore. In this blog, we will discuss the situations that would cause an emergency roof repair. Hopefully, by reading the different circumstances that cause roof repair, you can prevent any extensive damage from happening to your roof. If this blog is found to be helpful or you are in need of roof repairs in Edmonton, Alberta, contact Sargeant’s Roofing. We will be able to inspect your roof and know the need procedures to have your roof looking and functioning as good as new!
Your Nearby Trees
Trees add aesthetic value to your home and give the neighborhood a more natural feel. Also, depending on the tree, it can give off delicious smells of pine, fruit, or flowers that add to your enjoyment.
The only issue with trees is that they can grow large and heavy. When they’re heavy, they can become unstable and can easily fall over. A tree falling over near your home can cause more stress than just toppling on on your home. Falling trees can be a hazard to your property and to your life. During a high-wind storm, a tree can be pushed too far in one direction and the roots can give out. If this happens, the tree can come hurtling toward your home and damage your roof.
It is best to maintain your trees and keep them cared for. And, if the time comes that the tree has grown too big, you may need to hire services to trim or cut it down.
Leaves and Needles
If a tree is a little too close to your home, leaves and needles can collect on your roof. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if the leave and needles are allowed to collect on your roof, this could cause damage. In the fall leaves naturally fall off trees, when this occurs, you will want to clear off your roof after the last of the leaves have fallen. But why is this important? Well, if needles and leaves are allowed to collect on your roof, they can get trapped by the snow of the winter season. This acts as a sort of “suction cup” and the leaves trap in moisture. Moisture is never good for a roof because it can invite mold and other unpleasant forms of algae to seep into the structure of your roof. If you let leaves and needles collect moisture in your roof, it could lead to leaks and other issues that will warrant an emergency roof repair.
When it comes to tree branches, it is good to keep the “10-foot radius rule.” This rule is simple, you just have to keep branches off your roof and property. The rule pertains to the area you should keep clear of branches. However, why are branches so dangerous to the health of your roof? Branches, though seemingly harmless, can actually cause a lot of issues when it comes to residential roofing. For one, during severe weather seasons, branches can become brittle and break from a nearby tree. When branches fall onto a roof they can either bring debris with them or poke holes into the shingles of your roof. Holes can lead to leaks, which can, of course, lead to needed roof leak repair. It is important to clear off any branches from your roof and inspect nearby trees of decay. Typically, when a tree is drying, branches can become weak and fall off. Fallen branches are the first sign of a tree that is about to fall over.
If there are leaves on your roof, there are leaves in your gutters. While you are clearing your roof, taking out the debris from your gutter is also a good idea. If you allow the items in your gutter to clot over time, it could severely compromise the quality of your gutter. Surprisingly enough, you need your gutter. It is responsible for collect the water from your roof and safely transporting it to the ground. If your gutter is allowed to clog, it will hold water which can put added weight on your gutter and cause it to break. Your gutters can also cause water to be held up at your roof’s edge and cause water damage. By simply cleaning out your gutters, you can significantly reduce the wear on your roof and your gutter systems.
Ice and Your Gutters
Above we discussed how you must clear out your gutters. When your gutters become clotted, they can become heavy and store water up in the system and on your roof. In the winter this can be a severe problem because melted snow will have no drainage system to get off the roof. Because of this, the snow and other bits of moisture can freeze and cause what is called an “ice dam.” Ice dams are terrible for the health of your roof and your gutter because it clogs the gutter and lets debris build on your roof. Because the ice is left on the roof for an extended period of time, it can trap moisture into your roof and cause damage, such as rot, mold, and holes.
Snow and Your Roof
Alberta can get quite a bit of snow, which is why it is important to know how to get the snow off your roof. In most cases, snow can melt and filter off your roof easily. However, if a severe winter storm is dumping an insane amount of snow onto your roof, you will need to clear it. Snow, if it is allowed to collect, can be heavy. Though your roof is built to withstand a lot of pressure, heavy amounts of snow over time can weaken your roof’s support system. If too much snow is allowed to collect on your roof, the moisture and the weight of it can cause your roof to cave from pressure. Of course, this is only possible if your roof has had years of wear and has not been inspected. Typically inspectors will be able to tell you the health of your roof and if it can withstand winter snows.
When it comes to roof maintenance, you need to keep track of the health of your roof. Even though it can be easy to put your roof out of your mind, it has needs and must be looked after. If you have a well-built roof installed, it should be checked at least every three years, sometimes more if you live in severe weather areas. No matter how well your cedar roof or asphalt roof was installed, your roof can be susceptible to wear. It is important that you hire professional roofing contractors to inspect your roof. A roofer will be able to see your roof and look for telltale signs of decay. By hiring a roofing company, you will be able to foresee roofing problems and make prevent any emergency roof repairs. Inspections will keep you prepared and protected when it comes to your roof’s needs.
Of the roofing companies out there, Sargeant’s Roofing has proven ourselves time and time again. If you are looking for roof installation, inspection, or repair services, we can help you! Don’t leave the health of your roof to chance, and don’t be caught off guard by leaks and rot in your roof. Take precautions to ensure a well-working roof by clearing debris and other items from your roof. If you are in need of an emergency roof repair, contact Sargeant’s Roofing right away! Again, we provide roofing services for our neighbors throughout Edmonton and the surrounding area!