Winter is coming – do you need a new roof?

There’s no mistaking it now, Ottawa. Winter is upon us!

Temperatures have dipped below freezing, so that means it’s time to get out those coats and put on those snow tires.

Todays_Renovators_Roof_SnowJust like good tires help your car make it through the season, a quality roof will help you and your family also weather the storm.

Signs you may need a new roof

Did you know that it’s recommended you inspect your roof twice a year? Now is the perfect time—before the harsher weather hits—to take a look.

You don’t necessarily need to climb onto your roof and face the chilly November wind to see signs that it may need to be repaired, or even replaced. A lot of indicators can be visible from right inside your home. They include:

  • Ceiling stains or leaks

  • Outside light showing through

  • Damp spots and water stains

  • Sagging

  • Darkening along fireplaces

  • Peeling paint or wallpaper

The actual roof itself will also show signs of problems. If you’re brave (and bundled up!) enough to venture up there, look for the following:

  • Cracked, torn or missing shingles

  • Buckling of the roof itself

  • Loose material around vents, chimneys or pipes

  • Signs of moisture, rot or mould

  • Unsecured drainage and spouts

So you’ve found some damage. Now what?

Don’t panic. First, give us a call. It’s important that you work with a qualified and reliable contractor when it comes to your roof, and our experts will always guide you in the right direction.

Often, a contractor will be able to make repairs rather than replacing it entirely. If it does need to be replaced, rest assured that you will be in great hands!

Replacing your roof

While it is a bigger investment, there are many great reasons why a new roof can work to your advantage.

First of all, it will increase energy efficiency in your home. If your roof has seen better days, chances are the cold winter air will be seeping through. A brand new roof will not only help you save money on your bills, but it will certainly help you stay comfortable and warm throughout the winter months.

Looking to sell your home in the near future? A new roof has an excellent return on investment, and replacing it will not only increase the value of your home, but also help it edge others out in today’s competitive market.

Finally, a new roof will improve your safety, and create a much healthier environment for you and your family. Safety hazards that accompany an old roof include rot and mould, which decreases the integrity of your home and could endanger your physical health and well-being.

We hope these tips have helped. If you think you may need to get your roof checked out before Old Man Winter pays us a visit, pick up the phone today and give us a call!

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