The roof over your head is something most of us like to believe will last forever, but of course it cannot. The roof is an important part of your home. It keeps nature out and protects the integrity of the house’s frame work and everything connected to it. When the roof starts leaking it means you need to do something about it before a more serious problems arises, and it will if not addressed.
Roof repair is an option if caught in time, but if a leak is ignored too long then you are not left with much choice other than replace the roof. If left far too long then it may even be necessary to replace the roof trusses and related structure. Don’t wait that long or the costs could put a serious dent in your pocket book.
Residential Roofing Options
If you have the asphalt roofing a lot of west coast home have now then the video above shows a possible short term fix that can help you budget for the inevitable. Slope roofing with asphalt tiles is only one roof material on the market. There are many being used on American homes these days such as the curved ceramic or the more expensive flat slate tile. Some roofing companies have preferences about the material they use so you may want to settle on what it is exactly you want if a new roof is in the works.
You may have a flat roof in which case the type of repair shown above will not be an option for you. Flat roofs require the torch on techinque or hot tar to seal them when there is a leak. Many homes on the west coast are built with a flat roof and need attention every few years.
Almost all slope roofs have gutters installed. If your gutters have not been cleaned in a couple years then it is time to get the ladder out. Your gutters will plug up with leaves and debris if not kept open, so if you notice water spilling over the edges of the gutters then it’s time to clean them. Click here on Reliable Roof Repair for a few tips on how to take care ot that.
Gutter cleaning is a valuable service to those who don’t have the equipment or the energy to get up on a ladder. Keeping your gutters running clean is important in an west coast city like Seattle or Portland where trees can be higher than your home. It’s the same across the border in Canada where gutter cleaning requires good sturdy equipment, the right tools and good people for the job. Tree droppings, leaves and debris can clog the gutters causing drainage problems and an unsightly mess. Improper drainage can cause water damage in the home by seeping into the basement through the foundation. A simple task like gutter cleaning done twice a year will prevent unnecessary trouble and keep your home looking nice.
When you are looking for any type of home services do your homework before hiring a local contractor. Gutters are a part of the home that need regular attention and some of us are incapable of doing these tasks ourselves which is the reason so many home service companies exist.
How clean gutters look
If you think leaves and needles are plugging your gutter too fast then you might want to think about having some kind of gutter guards installed. Gutter guards come in many styles with the cheapest ones being the biggest nuisance. Once again it is a good idea to research what’s on the market and decide what is best for your area and budget. In most cases Alu-Rex and T-Rex gutter guards are the best all round. Strong and priced right, these gutter guards do what you would expect and last a long time.
Everything has a limited life span and if your gutters are nearing the end of theirs then you may be looking at gutter repairs or even new installation. Sometimes a service company will arrive expecting to do a routine cleaning and they uncover broken corners, leaking joints, rusted or twisted mid-sections and other indicators it might be time to install a new system. A great company to call for this kind of work is Reliable Gutters in Vancouver BC