Roof Inspections Can Prevent Major Repair Costs For Toronto Homeowners

Sometimes, homeowners will adopt the mindset that corrective actions or upgrades in or around their home should only be done when that particular item or feature is clearly in need of repair or replacement. Unfortunately, if/when such an approach is applied to the roof, it could lead to significant and unnecessary repair costs for Toronto homeowners including:

  • Resurfacing or replacing interior walls, ceilings and/or carpets
  • Removal of mold and mildew from the attic or dormers
  • The need to remove and replace compromised insulation
  • Rebuilding structural collapses due to soft/rotted framing
  • Replacement of soffits, fascia, drainage systems, siding
  • Rebuilding or replacing the chimney

Waiting until the roof is clearly in need of repair or replacement is somewhat analogous to closing the barn door after the horses have left the stable. Roof damage often begins slowly, and goes unnoticed in many cases, because the roof can fall prey to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.

To avoid such complacency, and therefore avoid extensive secondary or consequential damage, Toronto homeowners would be well-advised to conduct regular physical roof inspections to identify existing or future repair needs. Such inspections should be done:

  • Annually, and usually in the spring, to assess any roof damage and subsequent repair work resulting from harsh winter weather conditions, or
  • Semi-annually, in the fall and again in the spring, to evaluate the roof before and after the winter and address any repair needs accordingly and immediately

Although a physical inspection requires the homeowner to climb a ladder and actually walk on/around the surface of the roof, personal safety must take precedence over all else. If ladders, heights, and/or walking across a roof are not within someone’s nature or comfort zone, it is highly recommended that any roof inspections be completed by a professional Toronto roof repair company such as Triumph Roofing.

A Handy Checklist Will Help Assess Roof Repair Needs For Your Home

For any homeowners who are willing and able to perform roof inspections on their own, it would of course be helpful to have an understanding of the signs that would point to the need to replace or repair the roof.

There is much more to inspecting a roof than just looking at the shingles/type of roofing materials, and some signs of existing or future repair needs are more subtle/less obvious than others. When performing a thorough roof inspection, the following checklist of questions may be a beneficial guide to the overall process:

  • Do shingles feel brittle (cracking/breaking when a corner is folded upward)?
  • Are any shingles loose, lifting, curled, or actually missing?
  • Can you see any areas on the roof that have buckled or sagged?
  • Can you see any areas on the roof where moss is accumulating?
  • Are the eavestroughs and downspouts still firmly secured?
  • Are there significant deposits of shingle granules in the eavestroughs?
  • Is any flashing exhibiting signs of separation or cracked/missing caulking?
  • How secure are the vents and boots?
  • Can you detect any loose bricks and/or mortar on the chimney?
  • Is the caulking around any skylights separated, cracked, or missing?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, it may be indicative that your roof is in need of repair or replacement. Depending on the issue identified, the extent of that issue, and the length of time that it has been in existence, there may be significant underlying damage that should be assessed and addressed by a professional roof repair company such as Triumph Roofing, one of the leading roofing firms in Toronto.

As a complimentary service to our clients and potential clients, Triumph Roofing is very pleased to offer a downloadable checklist that can be used during a roof inspection to identify future or existing issues with the roof as well as the remainder of the building envelope, which includes:

  • Masonry
  • Siding
  • Windows and doors
  • Foundation

Once you have completed your roof inspection checklist, call the Toronto roof repair experts at 416-534-8877 to discuss any issues identified and to determine the best course of action.

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